Ilya Benjamin Washington, (he/him) joins Visual Thinking Strategies as a 2018 VTS Fellow. Prior to joining VTS as a VTS Fellow, Ilya  oversaw strategy, vision, and implementation of culture with an education innovation think tank startup called #WeAreWelcomeHere, which developed a host of design tools to engage higher education professions in the process of rethinking campus climate and culture for the 21st Century. Ilya served as the chief executive officer of Communitee Art, an EdTech startup where he oversaw a variety of programmatic functions from content and pedagogy, to leadership development, to knowledge management, learning teams & strategic design management, leading work in organizational strategic clarity and internal operational effectiveness of programs and team leaders dedicated to innovating the K-12 entrepreneurial education space. Ilya earned degrees from UC Berkeley, Columbia University and Parsons School of Design.