Together, we can advance public health & well-being.

Our global network of interdisciplinary changemakers is united by one goal – equipping you with the strategies, skills, and mindsets to design a better future.

Public Works is a center for learning, unlearning &  innovating.

We bring different people with different experiences and expertise together to help you better understand what is and co-create what could be.

Together,

we humanize healthcare for patients, providers, and caregivers.

we reimagine housing and community development.

we raise environmental awareness, literacy, and equality.

we catalyze [un]learning and growing at various scales.

Expand your capacity to create meaningful change.

At Public Works, we ask big questions. And cultivate the courage, empathy, and creativity needed for your team to explore the possibilities from a diversity of perspectives. Then, align on a strategic direction and adapt accordingly.  

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Insight & Opportunity Analysis

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Data Visualization

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Storytelling

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Stakeholder Immersion

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Strategy

Strategic Planning

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Project Roadmapping

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Stakeholder Alignment

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Design

Ideation & Co-creation

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Prototyping & Testing

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Stakeholder Engagement

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Implementation

Action Planning

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Impact Evaluation

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Coaching

Program Development

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Design Training & Coaching

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Design Leadership

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How are we different?

We believe public health is human health complex.

It's part human. It's also part environmental. It's the well-being of people and the places where we live, learn, work, and play.
How are we different?

We design with users people.

We refuse to reduce people to users. We work with you and the people you aim to serve to design products, services, and spaces that advance public health and well-being.
How are we different?

We make the invisible visible engaging.

We embrace all modes of design to help you effectively connect with a diversity of stakeholders.

We are high impact people who lead high impact projects.

Public Works is powered by a global network of interdisciplinary changemakers that assemble according to your needs.

Public Works Strategic Design & Innovation Partner Kiersten Nash Matsui

Kiersten Nash Matsui

Founding Partner & 

Chief Design Officer

Public Works Service Design Partner Andrea Guertin

Andrea Guertin

Service Design & Recruiting Partner

with Wemaygo

Public Works Storytelling Partner Stephen Kertis

Stephen Kertis

Storytelling Partner

with Kertis

Public Works Research Partner Jennifer Rooks-Edwards

Jennifer Rooks-Edwards

Research Partner with the

Inclusive Research Initiative

Public Works Executive Advisor Tanya OConnor

Tanya O'Connor

Executive Advisor

Executive Advisor

Public Works Environmental Science & Policy Partner Jon Pope

Jon Pope

Environmental Science

& Policy Partner

Public Works Reframe Partner Mona Patel

Mona Patel

Reframe Partner

with Gray Zones

Public Works Engineering Partner Sean Montgomery

Sean Montgomery

Engineering Partner

with Connected Future Labs

Public Works Research and Placemaking Partner Lena Blackstock

Lena Blackstock

Research & Placemaking Partner

with Process/Practice Studio

We are high impact people who lead high impact projects.

Public Works is powered by a global network of interdisciplinary changemakers that assemble according to your needs.

Public Works Strategic Design & Innovation Partner Kiersten Nash Matsui

Kiersten Nash Matsui

Founding Partner &

Chief Design Officer

Public Works Service Design Partner Andrea Guertin

Andrea Guertin

Service Design & Recruiting

Partner with Wemaygo

Public Works Storytelling Partner Stephen Kertis

Stephen Kertis

Storytelling Partner

with Kertis

Public Works Research Partner Jennifer Rooks-Edwards

Jennifer Rooks-Edwards

Research Partner with

Inclusive Research Initiative

Public Works Executive Advisor Tanya OConnor

Tanya O'Connor

Executive Advisor

Executive Advisor

Public Works Environmental Science & Policy Partner Jon Pope

Jon Pope

Environmental Science

& Policy Partner

Public Works Reframe Partner Mona Patel

Mona Patel

Reframe Partner

with Gray Zones

Public Works Engineering Partner Sean Montgomery

Sean Montgomery

Engineering Partner

with Connected Future Labs

Public Works Research and Placemaking Partner Lena Blackstock

Lena Blackstock

Research & Placemaking Partner

with Process/Practice Studio

We are high impact people who lead high impact projects.

Public Works is powered by a global network of interdisciplinary changemakers that assemble according to your needs.

Public Works Strategic Design & Innovation Partner Kiersten Nash Matsui

Kiersten Nash Matsui

Founding Partner &

Chief Design Officer

Public Works Service Design Partner Andrea Guertin

Andrea Guertin

Service Design & Recruiting Partner with Wemaygo

Public Works Storytelling Partner Stephen Kertis

Stephen Kertis

Storytelling Partner

with Kertis

Public Works Research Partner Jennifer Rooks-Edwards

Jennifer Rooks-Edwards

Research Partner

with Inclusive Research Initiative

Public Works Executive Advisor Tanya OConnor

Tanya O'Connor

Executive

Advisor

Public Works Environmental Science & Policy Partner Jon Pope

Jon Pope

Environmental Science & Policy

Partner

Public Works Engineering Partner Sean Montgomery

Sean Montgomery

Engineering Partner

with Connected Future Labs

Public Works Reframe Partner Mona Patel

Mona Patel

Reframe Partner

with Gray Zones

Public Works Research and Placemaking Partner Lena Blackstock

Lena Blackstock

Research & Place-making Partner with

Process/Practice

Public Works Research Partner Jennifer Rooks-Edwards

Jennifer Rooks-Edwards

Brand Strategy Partner with

the Inclusive Research Initiative

Public Works Storytelling Partner Stephen Kertis

Stephen Kertis

Storytelling Partner

with Kertis

Public Works Service Design Partner Andrea Guertin

Andrea Guertin

Service Design Partner

with the Inclusive Research Initiative

Public Works Strategic Design & Innovation Partner Kiersten Nash Matsui

Kiersten Nash Matsui

Strategic Design & Innovation Partner

with the Inclusive Research Initiative

Public Works Environmental Science & Policy Partner Jon Pope

Jon Pope

Environmental Science &

Policy Partner

Public Works Research and Placemaking Partner Lena Blackstock

Lena Blackstock

Research & Placemaking Partner

with Process/Practice Studio

Public Works Engineering Partner Sean Montgomery

Sean Montgomery

Engineering Partner

with Connected Future Labs

Public Works Reframe Partner Mona Patel

Mona Patel

Reframe Partner

with Gray Zones

Public Works Executive Advisor Tanya OConnor

Tanya O'Connor

Executive Advisor

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