Michele Terese is an enthusiastic hands-on design lead seeking opportunities to deliver exceptional user-centered products with a growing, execution-oriented team.

  • Design Thinking
  • Concept Development
  • Qual & Quant Testing
  • Design Systems
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Product Strategy
  • Public Speaking
  • Design Operations
  • Team Leadership
  • Lean UX
  • Sketch
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Microsoft Office
  • FramerX
  • Chrome DevTools


Lead Product Designer, Zaplabs

Sept 2017 (Current)

Lead Designer of real estate consumer products. Responsible for team of 5 designers, including hiring, team skills training, and performance management.

  • - Collaborated with department leaders across engineering, product, operations.
  • - Active contributor to product vision & strategy as member of the product leadership team.
  • - Championed notable efforts, such as Mobile First & Design Principles, in presentations to the company at all hands, strategic business partners, and executive corporate leadership.

  • Notable Projects: DLUX Design System. Established a collaborative, iterative design process. Provided ongoing team training for best practices of rapid prototyping with Lean UX, responsive design, quantitative and usability testing, and development handoff.

Lead Product Designer,

June 2015 - Mar 2017

Established first UI system, human-centered design/research processes, and brand guidelines. Driving force behind creative projects across product, marketing, and brand as a solo designer while overhauling an outdated and buggy user experience.

Notable Projects: 2.0 Search Redesign: improved conversion on Mobile by over 20%, with features supporting 2.5MM MAU. Instant Booking Prototype: used to raise 34MM in Series C.

Lead Product Designer,

Mar 2014 - Feb 2015

Managed team of front end engineers and designers. Lead the concept development, IA, and implementation phases of all product features. Strategic hiring and close collaboration with founders/leadership on product strategy.

Notable Projects: Managed pivotal creative rebrand.

UX Designer, The Hunt

Sept 2012 - Oct 2013

Acquired by Pinterest in Dec. 2015. End-to-end design from planning through implementation for testing and optimization of core features, support iOS launch in early 2013, and contributed to branding and marketing efforts.

Notable Projects: Drove new user sign-ups from 2% to 6%, from 8,000 to 1.2MM MAU in 6mo.


SCAD —Savannah College of Art & Design

Graduated June 2011

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Advertising Design


Summer 2018

Seth Godin's altMBA is a month-long course to hyperfocus entrepenuers in a collaborative, constructive online program oriented on teamwork and mutual accountability.


Design Consulting


Project-based consulting on: brand, product strategy, UI/UX, and social media marketing for start ups & small businesses.

The Incorruptibles Charter Member


Community Organizing to elect Ethical Leadership in Government