layla solatan

layla solatan

product designer in san francisco, ca, she/her

Work Experience

2022 — 2022
UX Designer, Accessibility at Virtual Giving Tree

Cross-functionally implemented updated design system, ensuring Level AA WCAG 2.0 compliance for platform serving 2M+

Created designs informed by data-driven engagement insights that led to 16%^ in donations for over 78,000 local families

2022 — 2022
Product Designer at Resprout

Led development of matching feature, through user-centric insights and strategic collaboration with engineering team

Drove a 200%^ in engagement (projects initiated) and safeguarded B2B partners' revenue by $200,000+ in first month

2021 — 2022
Product Designer at Vita

Contributed to development of collaborative design system, enabling seamless product development for launch

Developed research-driven, high-fidelity prototypes alongside engineers, providing innovative travel app user experiences

2020 — 2022
Product Designer at Cubby

Codesigned web platform (w/ users, eng, organizers), leading to 26%^ in orders, 270%^ in donations, $21,355^ in funds

Discovered efficient design solutions through evaluative research on user behavior for platform serving 700+ users, 10+ orgs

2020 — 2020
UX Deisgn Intern at 10Power

Conducted evaluative user research to discover multiple design solutions for design, engineering, and marketing teams

Championed final designs to global leadership team to promote increase in conversions for platform serving 1M+ globally


Gnito at Agora

Leveraged artificial intelligence and interaction design to develop real-time engagement mobile prototype to champion needs of users of color

3rd place winner

Exhala at University of Southern California

Developed localization-focused social meditation mobile prototype

Top 10 winner

Llego at Inclusion Design Lab

Managed team of 3 to prototype key interactions and user flows of accessible map app for visually-impaired users based on in-depth competitive analysis


Oakland, CA

Invited to present thesis research on responsible design and societal impact



Undergraduate thesis

Discusses how tech reproduces existing societal inequalities and threatens class consciousness, and explores Black feminist frameworks in combating dangerous tech.


Top 10 Winner from createSC

Won "Top 10" for "Exhala" prototype

Prompt: Design a mobile app that brings together community during social distancing

App: Exhala is a social meditation app that connects users of similar interests and identities to participate in communal meditation and mindfulness exercizes

3rd Place Winner from Univerity of Washington

Won 3rd place in design hackathon for "Gnito" prototype

Prompt: Design a mobile app using Agora's real-time engagement features

App: Gnito is a live-streaming and video editing application that allows activists to harness social media and identity/object recognition to share information, protect themselves and their community, and hold instigators accountable

Artist of the Year from Mills College

Nominated by student body for effectively using art as a medium for social change


B.A. International Economics, Minor in Psychology at Mills College
Oakland, CA