Missy Quick

Community Planning Fellow • 2023

University/College The New School


Missy Quick is pursuing a master’s degree in Transdisciplinary Design at The New School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication design at Washington University in St. Louis. Missy is a service designer with experience in healthcare, organizational, and user experience design. Before studying at Parsons School of Design, she worked at a healthcare foundation where she was confronted with competing interests, diverse stakeholders, and real-world limitations that make straightforward solutions difficult to find. Despite these challenges, she is excited by the complexity of the work, which is what brings her to public services. She believes design can help people reach better solutions by facilitating discussions to co-design with citizens, visualizing ideas to create common language, and quickly prototyping solutions to discover what does and does not work. Throughout all of this, inclusion, elevating both lived and learned experience, and embracing ambiguity are key to her approach. In her spare time, Missy is also a volunteer gardener at Fort Greene Park where she has learned a lot from the park’s gardeners about balancing care for the plants and wildlife with the public’s recreational needs and safety. When she is not studying or gardening, you can find Missy cooking, drawing, or enjoying a good comedy show around the city.