Ezra Kong (they/them) is an equity design facilitator and strategist with a background in digital design and social innovation. As Managing Partner and Co-Founder at Reflex Design Collective, Ezra has been developing methodologies and strategies to embed equity in both the process and outcomes of mission-driven organizations through the practice of Equity Design. By facilitating direct partnerships between grassroots communities and institutions to co-create solutions for equity, Equity Design grows grassroots access to decision making power. Ezra and their organization's team have worked in spaces such as housing, displacement, public transportation, public health and homelessness. Though their practice is rooted in the East Bay, Reflex Design Collective's work has been conducted nationally. Ezra is engaged locally in community building and organizing, with special interests in transformative justice, cross-community movement coalition, emergent strategy, as well as queer and trans POC liberation. Before this, Ezra was a design researcher at IBM Design and the founder of a chapter of Design for America at their alma mater, Washington University in St. Louis. They have spoken at SXSW, SF Design Week, and Allied Media Conference, and recently co-authored “Applying Equity Design to Address Oakland’s Homelessness Crisis” for the Academy for Design Innovation Management. Ezra is currently based in Berkeley, California.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Reflex Design Collective