Hildreth England

Communications and Special Projects
  • Communications & Special Projects Strategist

Hildreth is from Austin, and has spent the last fifteen years leading communications,  policy and technology projects that use inclusive co-design and transition design methodologies to center diverse voices in social or system change efforts. As a strategist on the Lab's new CSP team, she's focused primarily on the design and implementation of community co-design efforts to improve Media Lab culture, and is currently facilitating Lab-wide discussions around belonging and values.   

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. 

Before joining the Lab, Hildreth worked predominantly with underserved maternal and child populations  as a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN), designing mobile and web technologies to shift nutrition behaviors and measuring their impact on health outcomes as part of the innovation  strategy for Texas WIC, one of … View full description

Hildreth is from Austin, and has spent the last fifteen years leading communications,  policy and technology projects that use inclusive co-design and transition design methodologies to center diverse voices in social or system change efforts. As a strategist on the Lab's new CSP team, she's focused primarily on the design and implementation of community co-design efforts to improve Media Lab culture, and is currently facilitating Lab-wide discussions around belonging and values.   

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. 

Before joining the Lab, Hildreth worked predominantly with underserved maternal and child populations  as a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN), designing mobile and web technologies to shift nutrition behaviors and measuring their impact on health outcomes as part of the innovation  strategy for Texas WIC, one of the largest nutrition assistance programs in the countryWith the City of Austin, she 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.