Maurice Woods is the Executive Director/Founder of the Inneract Project (IP). He created Inneract Project’s design education framework which serves as the program’s core curriculum. As executive director, he provides leadership for volunteer staff, helps set organization and education policy and develops IP’s strategic vision. He has dedicated his life to bringing design and youth from underserved communities together and ensuring that people of color are supported and represented in design fields.
Maurice graduated from the University of Washington with a BFA and MFA in Visual Communication Design. He played basketball as an undergraduate and professionally worldwide for 7 years.
Maurice served as Co-Chair of Education for the AIGA San Francisco and nationally as a Board of Advisor for the Diversity Archive Collection Exhibition. Professionally, Maurice worked as a designer at the world’s largest independent design consultancy, Pentagram Design. He designed extensive identity, retail, exhibit and interactive programs for clients such as Nike, Greyhound, Symantec, Priceline.com, and Google. He has won multiple design awards, featured in publications and is also a Jefferson Award winner.
In 2016, he received the AIGA San Francisco Fellow Award. This award recognizes seasoned designers and other major figures who have made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within the Bay Area design community and the AIGA SF chapter. Maurice currently works as a designer at Microsoft.