Cindy Shi

B.A. Psychology | University of California, Santa Cruz (2016)

Cindy received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a focus on human behavior and social influence. Her professional experience includes conducting user experience research for a mushroom burial company, providing behavioral therapy for youth on the autism spectrum, and managing zero-waste production in soft goods manufacturing. Having worked closely with cut & sew factories in San Francisco, Cindy had a direct lens into the amount of waste discarded during production cycles, defining her goals to implement long-term, systematic change in production. Cindy’s personal work with sewing and weaving is centered around used materials, particularly salvaging fabric scraps from the factory post-production waste. The process of utilizing discarded materials has encouraged her to be more creative while designing a product, as well as meticulously approaching “new” materials with a fond appreciation. Cindy currently resides in Palo Alto, California.