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JoEllen KamesAdjunct Lecturer


JoEllen is a design leader in the Analytics Cloud at Salesforce, focused on how AI can empower everyone to easily understand and act on data analytics. Prior to joining Salesforce, JoEllen was Head of Design at Narrative Science, a Chicago-based startup acquired by Salesforce in 2021. Before Narrative Science, JoEllen was a Portfolio Lead/Vice President at Northern Trust where she built new research and design capabilities and led the Center of Expertise for the Client & Partner Experience Studio. JoEllen also served as a Senior Director in the Human Centered Design Studio within the United Healthcare Innovation Center of Excellence, where she led UX design and research projects focused on population health. Previously JoEllen was a Senior Principal, Research + Design Strategy at Motorola Mobility, leading UX and research teams focused on developing mobile and wearable products driven by a deep understanding of customer needs and behaviors, business objectives, and technical feasibility. In addition to teaching at Northwestern, JoEllen teaches the advanced interaction design workshop at the Institute of Design and IIT.



Master of Design, Strategic Design Planning, Illinois Institute of Technology

BFA, Communication Design, University of Illinois Chicago

BA, History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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