Mariana Prieto - Art Center College of Design

Mariana is currently studying at the Art Center College of Design with a focus on research, sustainability and social impact. She worked as a researcher for Designmatters, the school’s social initiative department, and plans to graduate within a year with the Designmatters Concentration.

Mariana is currently the president of Mustard, a student led organization that focuses on ways to apply design for social impact, and led a ten-day research/design trip to Colombia where the team worked on finding sustainable solutions for organic plantations in Latin America.

She is both Colombian and Italian and is passionate about traveling and immersing herself in other cultures.

Many interesting, well-researched and well-executed projects are constantly being developed at Art Center, but not enough of them make it out of portfolios and into the real world. I hope to be able to provide a platform for students interested in taking their products out to market so they can easily find guidance and feedback when applying for entrepreneurship grants