Mariana Amatullo

Vice Provost for Global Strategic Initiatives,
Parsons School of Design

A practitioner-scholar, administrator, educator, and author, Mariana is the vice provost for Global Strategic Initiatives in the Provost’s Office of The New School and an associate professor of strategic design and management in the School of Design Strategies at Parsons. Mariana is also the president of Cumulus, the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media, the only global association dedicated to art and design education and research.

Mariana’s teaching, research, and writing focus on design as a cognitive capacity that can be used to transform organizational culture and advance innovation. She lectures internationally to academic and executive audiences and has two decades of experience conceiving, fundraising for, and managing a portfolio of international and national educational projects, research initiatives, and publications at the intersection of design, design management, and social innovation.

In her role as vice provost, Mariana provides senior academic leadership for the Provost’s Office with executive deans, school deans, faculty and program staff across the university in the areas of Global Partnerships and Industry Engagement and Executive Education. She also leads the online academic strategy for the university, supporting the implementation of university-wide goals to coordinate academic partnership efforts for online education.

Before joining The New School, Mariana co-founded and headed Designmatters, the award-winning social innovation division of ArtCenter College of Design. She holds a PhD in Management (Designing Sustainable Systems) from Case Western Reserve University, an MA in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Southern California, and a Licence en Lettres degree from the Sorbonne University, Paris, where she also studied art history at L’Ecole du Louvre. A native of Argentina and the child of a diplomat, Mariana grew up in locations around the world.


Innovation Fast Track: From Vision to Delivery
Keith Venkiteswaran, Mariana Amatullo and Tam Hussey

Length: 5 days + post-course coaching
Spring 2021

Learn new, practical approaches to unlocking and leveraging innovation. Upon completion, you’ll have the skills and tools you need to deliver new opportunities, experiences, and growth in any organizational context.

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