Hildreth England

Communications and Special Projects
  • Communications & Special Projects Strategist

As part of the Communications and Special Projects team, Hildreth is focused primarily on the strategy, design and implementation of community engagement efforts to improve Media Lab culture, and facilitating Lab-wide discussions around values.   

She's particularly passionate about inclusive co-design and transition design methodologies that center diverse voices in efforts to change social or natural systems. She's the director of PlusMinus, a design community of practice that's  exploring how to re-cast the technology design process to more equitably and intentionally distribute positive impact, especially with and for society's most marginalized. 

She's spent the last fifteen years leading communications,  policy and technology design projects for underserved populations across sectors, is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN), and has special expertise in public health and behavior change.  Before joining the Lab, Hildreth spearheaded innovation strategy for Texas WIC, one of the largest nutrition assistance programs in the country, and led a joint… View full description

As part of the Communications and Special Projects team, Hildreth is focused primarily on the strategy, design and implementation of community engagement efforts to improve Media Lab culture, and facilitating Lab-wide discussions around values.   

She's particularly passionate about inclusive co-design and transition design methodologies that center diverse voices in efforts to change social or natural systems. She's the director of PlusMinus, a design community of practice that's  exploring how to re-cast the technology design process to more equitably and intentionally distribute positive impact, especially with and for society's most marginalized. 

She's spent the last fifteen years leading communications,  policy and technology design projects for underserved populations across sectors, is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN), and has special expertise in public health and behavior change.  Before joining the Lab, Hildreth spearheaded innovation strategy for Texas WIC, one of the largest nutrition assistance programs in the country, and led a joint municipal-county board that addressed health disparities through community co-design of equitable food and agriculture policies. Prior to leading PlusMinus, Hildreth was the Assistant Director of the Open Agriculture Initiative (OpenAg), where she headed up operations and led the group's design research in the education space,  exploring experience design as a lever for children's health behavior change.  


She's a co-chair in MIT's Food & Sustainability Working Group, and her design work (with HESTIA design lab and OpenAg) has been included in the Triennale di Milano, the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, the Barbican Centre, and the Victoria & Albert Museum. She an award-winning performer and director in dance, theater and film, has degrees in foreign service and nutrition from Georgetown University and Texas State University (respectively), and was a 2015 Food Innovation Fellow at the Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia.