Adrienne Matthews


Adrienne is passionate about designing systems that solve problems for people, drive positive value, and influence culture.

For over 15 years, Adrienne has helped organizations articulate their purpose, imagine new visions of the future, and build the capability and coalitions to make that future real. With deep roots in brand strategy, human-centered design, storytelling, and a passion for systems thinking, Adrienne has partnered with multidisciplinary teams to drive product and experience innovation and to implement organizational change inside some of the world’s brightest brands—including Starbucks, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Nestlé, and M·A·C Cosmetics.

Adrienne has been invited to speak on how design can draw on diverse perspectives to create more equitable and inclusive futures at AIGA, General Assembly, The Seattle Design Festival, and Future for Us, an innovative platform dedicated to advancing womxn of color at work through community, culture, and career development.

Adrienne earned her B.A. with Honors from Spelman College, with a concentration on African Diaspora literature, art and visual culture, and also holds an MBA from the University of Washington. Parallel to her business career, Adrienne is a visual artist and writer whose work is influenced by African American intellectual and cultural history, family history, and the power of personal narrative—key themes that drive her creative practice. She lives in Seattle, WA.