We aim to increase inclusion in tech through design by preparing local diverse talent for a career in product design.

Front & Center is an accelerated Design Education program aimed at serving underrepresented communities in technology. An alternative pathway to a career in product design that increases the diverse, highly skilled tech recruiting pipeline by supplying qualified and highly skilled design professionals.


Melanie Araujo is founder of Front and Center, an organization founded to increase inclusion in Silicon Valley through design. She holds a BS in Behavioral Neuroscience from Northeastern University. She combines her practical and theoretical neuroscience experience with her product design skills to illuminate the education and career opportunities for a low-income background work force through speaking, training, and running workshops on design, diversity and inclusion. Ms. Araujo lives and works as a product designer in San Francisco, California.