John Cary (BA Arch '99) will speak at the College of Design commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12 at 3:00 p.m. in the Mariucci Arena. John is an advocate, speaker, and writer, who has pioneered a career at the intersection of design and social change.
He's the editor of PublicInterestDesign.org and his writing has appeared in various publications, including CNN.com, The Christian Science Monitor, Fast Company, and GOOD. His writing is informed by his work as a research fellow focused on public-interest design within the University of Minnesota College of Design.
In 2006, at the age of 29, John became the youngest person ever recognized as a senior fellow of the Design Futures Council. He also advises and consults with a wide range of nonprofit design, urban advocacy, and philanthropic organizations as well as corporations, building on seven years of experience as executive director of the San-Francisco based Public Architecture and brief leadership of Next American City.
A native of Milwaukee, Wis., John resides in Brooklyn, N.Y., with his partner and wife-author and speaker Courtney E. Martin. He is an avid runner, having completed the Rome, DC, Chicago, and New York Marathons.