Aynne Valencia

I lead creative teams to make next generation products & services with a refreshing blend of creative management, business savvy, visual design, branding, advertising, marketing, technology & a deep understanding how design can influence human behavior.

Professional Work Experience

California College of the Arts
Chair of Interaction Design 

Chair August 2017 - Present 
Associate Chair - April 2015- August 2017
Associate Professor 2015-Present

Academic and administrative leadership for CCA's Interaction Design Undergraduate Program. 
- Achieved 24% growth in enrollment in the program under my leadership. 
- Created a strategic vision for the new direction of the program including curriculum redesign and partnerships to launch Fall 2020.
- Created new partnerships and sponsored studios for the program with Visa, Medtronic and Oracle Design
- Reworked the program budget from consistent overage to consistent management of budget
- Recruitment, hiring, and management of a team of over 24 full time and adjunct faculty
- Optimized processes and shifted to a self-service model for program operations
- Developed standardized rubrics and other measurement and evaluation methods for student progress
-Pioneered new cross-disciplinary studios centered around designing in context.
Future of Work, Spring 2019
IxD, Interior Design, Industrial Design and Architecture
Future of Retail Fashion
launching a new course with Fashion Design in Spring or Fall
Future of Home


Product Strategy Consultant

Product lead and strategic consulting for multidisciplinary teams
Clients: eBay, Adobe, Bank of America, AOL, Comcast, Cooper, Intuit, Tangible UX


R/GA, San Francisco
Associate Creative Director

10/2012 – 5/2013
Led multi-disciplinary teams including Strategy, Visual Design and Experience Design Lead, trained and mentored the design team.
Clients: Microsoft, JCPenny


Service Design Lead,

12/2011 – 10/2012
Design direction for over 10 client projects. Pitched projects, lead, trained and mentored design team
Brought in over 2.5 million in retainer client business
Clients: Apollo Group, Intuit, PayPal, SunTrust Bank, Citibank, University of Phoenix 


Cisco Consumer Products
(Formerly MOTO Development)
UX Design & Strategy Lead

Led end to end experience design and strategy for five next-gen consumer products including the Flip camera. Owned design  schedules, managed contract design and vendor resources for interaction, visual design and production.


Digital Product Design Director

Creative & design lead of products, projects & campaigns.
Clients: Nike, McDonald’s, Microsoft, Visa


User Experience Lead

Product design, ideation for the user experience & business strategy for the next generation of Yahoo Groups.


Microsoft, Redmond, WA
Lead Product Designer

New Consumer Products & Consulting Services Projects & Products: Surface Table, Home networking, MSN Messenger, Consumer Home Concepts
Clients: Verizon, Wachovia Bank, State of Kentucky


Luminant Worldwide
Art Director


Charles Schwab
Web Developer


Related Experience

General Assembly
Curriculum Design/Design Instructor


San Francisco State University
Adjunct Faculty


IxDA Interaction Design Association San Francisco




Domus Academy, Milano Italia
Intensive course on design of innovative consumer electronic tools in the context of mobility physical manipulation, gesture and social networking functions and services.

California State University San Bernardino
B.A, Art and New Media Studies

Expected 2020
San Francisco State University
M.A, Design