My name is Puja and I am a Seattle-based UX Manager and Product Manager. I work at Avvo, a legal marketplace start-up, where I lead a team of UX designers, content strategists, and visual designers. Before joining the design group, I led a product team comprised of engineers and designers to build and launch the first on-demand legal e-commerce product on the U.S. market, responsible for driving strategy on both the supply and consumer side.
I am very comfortable with leading design activities with teams, as well as executing complex design artifacts, product wires, and prototypes.
My background is in user-centered design, including a Masters degree in Human-Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE) from the University of Washington. I love that HCDE has led me to a career that allows me to use both sides of my brain, bringing creativity and problem-solving together in my work, which is incredibly energizing. I've also been lucky to find the right group of people to work with, which is pretty much the best thing ever.
I am passionate about bridging design and business goals, but I am also a huge fan of finding ways to connect people to have fun, create relationships, and learn from each other. I am involved in the UX community and participate in local events, including speaking at university lectures and local meetups. Working with me means there will definitely be laughter, I'll likely want to know your astrological sign, and I'll absolutely want to know how you scored on the StrengthsFinder and Myers-Briggs tests.
Want to connect? Contact me at pujaparakh [at] gmail.com, or find me on LinkedIn.