Dr. Allison Druin is the inaugural Associate Provost for Research and Strategic Partnerships at Pratt Institute. Dr. Druin hails from the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland where she was a Professor for almost 20 years leading design teams of children and adults to develop new storytelling technologies. Among her numerous roles at Maryland, Dr. Druin served from 2013 to 2015 as Chief Futurist for the university’s Division of Research. From 2015-2017, Dr. Druin took leave from the university to serve as Special Advisor for National Digital Strategy for the United States National Park Service. In her national leadership role, she worked on such projects as the redesign of the Lincoln Memorial visitor experience; the development of the Every Kid in a Park program; and the new National Digital Junior Ranger program.
With over 25 years of experience in the financial services, media and entertainment, and private equity industries, Grace has transformed global business units at GE Capital, NBCU, and Nielsen. Skilled at taking conceptual initiatives and turning them into $100 million businesses, Grace founded startup Orangenius to assist independent, working artists in building their own creative empires. In between leading a team of creatives and strategic development of art industry partnerships, Grace can be found cooking for friends or dabbing a paintbrush.