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Our Team

Hive Team Fall 2021

Hive Staff 2021

Our Full Time Team

Fred Leichter
Fred Leichter

Executive Director

Email: fred.leichter@hive.claremont.edu

Fred spent 25 years at Fidelity Investments in Boston, most recently as Senior Vice President of Design Thinking and Innovation, where he also designed Fidelity’s first website in 1996. Fred has also been a lecturer and fellow at the Stanford d.school, where he taught a range of classes such as “Designing with Data,” “Designing for the Law,” and “Project Joy.” Fred is also active in the sport of curling and recently coached his son’s team at the World University Games in Almaty, Kazhakstan.

Contact Fred with questions about or for information on Hive communications, executive strategy, and teaching the Human-Centered Design class (E 180).

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Ashwini (Asha) Srikantiah

Senior Director, Strategy

Email: ashwini.srikantiah@hive.claremont.edu

Asha is a creative leader experienced in using human-centered design to build programs that drive systemic change. Asha joins the Hive from—most recently—Fidelity Investments in Boston, where she founded and grew Fidelity’s Student Debt Program, dedicated to helping people plan for, manage, and pay down student debt through employer-sponsored benefits. Prior to that, Asha spent many years working in the film, entertainment, and non-profit arts industries, producing live events, TV shows, short films, and commercials. She holds an undergraduate degree in Television, Radio, and Film from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Asha also has an appointment at Harvey Mudd College as a Clinical Professor of Engineering.

Contact Asha with questions about or for information on the intersection of design, strategy, and storytelling, the arts, and collaboration across the Claremont community.

Linda Shimoda
Linda Shimoda

Creative Platforms Designer

Email: linda.shimoda@hive.claremont.edu

Linda has been with the Hive since its inspiration and inception as the Creativity and Innovation Initiative. Linda is a designer, holding a BS in Design from the University of [hook ‘em, Horns!] Texas at Austin, and is an artist and maker practicing and interpreting Japanese art and aesthetics. She is a world traveler, avid runner, and beholder of all things good for you. Linda has a deep love for art and books, and art in books: shimodaworks.com; chinmusicpress.com

Contact Linda with questions about the Hive’s platforms that enhance creative capacity through programs, projects, processes, and space, as well as information about design and visual identity and expression.

Shannon Randolph
Shannon Randolph

Director of Global Social Impact

Email: shannon.randolph@hive.claremont.edu

Shannon spent 15 years in Africa, the South Pacific, and Southeast Asia leading anthropology research and human-centered design work to reframe environmental and health issues from local perspectives. She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University. Shannon has been with the Hive since 2017 teaching classes and workshops on human-centered design, design for environmental behavior change, empathetic listening, and equity-health design. Shannon founded our summer design fellowship program to bring her love of international environmental design and equity health design to students. She loves to adventure, sing, and make art with her two-year-old human. Learn more about Shannon here.

Contact Shannon with questions about or for information on storytelling, community engagement, environmental and anthropological approaches in design, and creative approaches to research.

Nick Endicott

Post-baccalaureate Associate

Email: nendicot@students.pitzer.edu

Nick is a Pitzer Class of 2020 alum and former student staffer at the Hive. He is an avid maker and works to connect students with the tools, skills, and creative confidence necessary to actualize ambitious projects. In addition to making, Nick is an artist, actor, singer, and writer.

Diana De Rada

Post-baccalaureate Associate

Email: diana.derada@pomona.edu

Diana is a Pitzer Class of 2021 international alumni, and former post-bac at the Hive. She is passionate on exploring and promoting nature based workshops that can inspire people to further connect with themselves, their surroundings and their local community. On her free time she loves to surf, paint, play the electric guitar, and take film photographs.

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Wing-Yee Law

Post-baccalaureate Associate

Email: wing-yee.law@hive.claremont.edu

Wing-Yee is a Harvey Mudd Class of 2021 alum. She is an engineer and artist who aims to foster connections between science, art, and design to develop creative and interdisciplinary projects. In her spare time, she enjoys crocheting, illustrating, and baking.

Isa Berardo

Post-baccalaureate Associate

Email: isa.berardo@pomona.edu

Isa is a Pitzer Class of 2020 alum and assistant coach for the Pomona-Pitzer Soccer team. They are a coach, advocate, and adventurer who values empathy and teamwork, and strives to foster inclusivity in everything they do. They are driven by their commitment to social justice and are passionate about exploring creative ways for tackling social issues. In their spare time, Isa enjoys playing guitar, reading, and spending time outside with their dog, Goose.

Our Student Team

Kate Weinberg
Kate Weinberg

Forever a part of the Hive

Olivia Hewitt Hive photo
Olivia Hewitt

Pitzer '22

Brian Bishop Hive photo
Brian Bishop

Pomona '22

Riley Knowles Hive photo
Riley Knowles

Pitzer '22

Ishta Nabakka

Scripps '23

Nate Felcher Hive photo
Nate Felcher

Pitzer '22

Leona Das

Scripps '23

Anika Gupta

Pomona '24

Ale Maldonado

Pomona '22

Skylar Masuda

Pitzer '24

Kian Etedali

Pitzer '22

Carrie Young

Scripps '22

Claire Galla

Scripps '22

Joey Sulpizio Hive photo
Joey Sulpizio

Pitzer '22

Cole Whritenour

Pitzer '22

Margaret Kraus

Scripps '22

Kaitlyn Paulsen

HMC '22

Our Steering Committee

Mark Allen, Professor of Art, Pomona College

Timothy Berg, Professor of Art, Pitzer College

Piya Chatterjee, Professor of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Dorothy Cruickshank Backstrand Chair of Gender and Women’s Studies Chair, Scripps College

Patrick Little, Sontag Center former Co-Director; Sontag Center Steering Committee Emeritus

Leah Mendelson, Assistant Professor of Engineering, Harvey Mudd College

Albert Park, Bank of America Associate Professor of Pacific Basin Studies, Claremont McKenna College

Fred Leichter, Executive Director, Sontag Center; Clinical Professor of Engineering at Harvey Mudd College

Shannon Randolph, Director of Community and Global Engagement, Sontag Center.

Linda Shimoda, Operations Empress and Hive Historian, Sontag Center

Anya Zimmerman-Smith, Student, Claremont Mckenna College 2021

Our Governance Committee

G. Gabrielle Starr, President of Pomona College

Robert Gaines, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College of Pomona College

Maria Klawe, President of Harvey Mudd College

Lisa Sullivan, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty of Harvey Mudd College

Hiram Chodosh, President of Claremont McKenna College

Peter Uvin, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty of Claremont McKenna College

Melvin Oliver, President of Pitzer College

Allen Omoto, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty of Pitzer College

Lara Tiedens, President of Scripps College

Amy Marcus-Newhall, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty of Scripps College