Maurice Woods is the Executive Director/Founder of the Inneract Project (IP). He created Inneract Project’s design education framework which serves as the program’s core curriculum. As executive director, he provides leadership for volunteer staff, helps set organization and education policy and develops IP’s strategic vision. He has dedicated his life to bringing design and youth from underserved communities together and insuring that people of color are supported and represented in design fields.
Maurice graduated from the University of Washington with a BFA and MFA in Visual Communication Design. He played basketball as an undergraduate and professionally worldwide for 7 years. Since graduating, he has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses at multiple colleges, lectured nationally and internationally and contributed to various media outlets including the Wall Street Journal.
Maurice served as Co-Chair of Education for the AIGA San Francisco and nationally as a Board of Advisor for the Diversity Archive Collection Exhibition. Currently he sits on the board for Design Ignites Change. Professionally, Maurice worked as a designer at the world’s largest independent design consultancy, Pentagram Design. He designed extensive identity, retail, exhibit and interactive programs for clients such as Nike, Greyhound, Symantec, Priceline.com, and Google. He has won multiple design awards, featured in publications and is also a Jefferson Award winner. He currently works as a Experience Design lead at Yahoo.