Sandy Speicher

IDEO designed the entire K-11 learning experience and strategy for the Innova Schools in Peru.

Sandy Speicher, BFA96

Sandy Speicher is an associate partner at the global design and innovation firm IDEO. She is the managing director of IDEO’s Education practice, which looks to people’s unmet needs, desires, and aspirations to inspire new solutions for a wide variety of challenges—from the ways that people are learning to the ways that systems are operating.

Working with organizations across the public, private, and social sectors, Speicher constantly explores ways that we can design more effective and inspiring systems. She and her teams have helped to create a scalable, affordable school model in Peru; strategies to improve schools for the poor in India; a tablet-based platform to help kids in Brazil develop basic literacy; and a new vision for the food system in San Francisco’s schools. Recently, she collaborated with the Carnegie Corporation of New York to launch 100Kin10, which President Bill Clinton has referred to as a new model for social change.

Speicher is passionate about design as a process to empower everyone—including students, parents, and teachers—to improve the world around them. To this end, she partnered with The Riverside School in India to create the Design for Change Contest, which engages students around the globe in creating new solutions for social challenges in their communities, and Design Thinking for Educators, a free downloadable toolkit that empowers teachers to be change agents in their schools.

Speicher serves as a strategic adviser to the K12 Lab Network at the Stanford d.school, and recently taught a class at Stanford University on the design of school models. She is on advisory boards for 100Kin10 and Pioneer Academies in South Africa.

Before joining IDEO, Speicher taught visual communications at Washington University, and also spent six years teaching design thinking to fifth-graders at a San Francisco public school. She launched her design career at MetaDesign, where she developed visual brand and interactive systems. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications from Washington University and a Master of Arts in Education from Stanford University.