Liz Ogbu is a designer, urbanist, and an expert on sustainable design and spacial innovation in challenged urban environments globally. She is founder and principal of Studio O, an innovation firm that works with communities in need to use the power of design to deliver deep social impact. Ogbu runs a multidisciplinary consulting practice that works with nonprofits, municipalities, and companies to tackle social problems through creative transformations of places, systems, and communities. Her clients include the Nike Foundation, Jacaranda Health, and Pacific Gas & Electric.
In 2011, Ogbu was part of the inaugural class of Innovators-in-Residence at IDEO.org, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering global poverty reduction through design and innovation. Prior to that, she was design director at Public Architecture, a national nonprofit mobilizing designers to create social change. She has worked globally to advance the cause of innovative design and strategic thinking as a tool to address the needs and desires of underserved communities.
She has taught at the California College of the Arts for several years, most recently holding an appointment as the inaugural Scholar in Residence at the school’s Center for Art and Public Life. She is also on faculty at UC Berkeley and Stanford’s d.school.