Allie Mahler

Allie cares deeply about the overlap between design and impact. With an extensive background in social enterprise and building non-profits, along with her training as a designer, she builds impact-based programs for organizations large and small with Community By Design.

Prior to starting her own practice, Allie was the Experience Lead at the design & innovation company, IDEO, where she led culture and design strategy for clients like Amex, Delta, Citibank, and Intercorp. She has an extensive background in non-profits and social enterprises having started the Centre for Social Innovation and Be Social Change in New York City - two organizations that collectively serve over 15,000 individuals and hundreds of social impact organizations. Allie is an Adjunct Professor in the Strategic Design and Management Program at Parsons School of Design and at the NYU’s School of Professional Studies where she teaches Design Strategy and Design Research. Her classes have worked alongside Planned Parenthood of New York and the Parsons incubator XRC Labs to create communications and visual strategies. She is recognized as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and frequently speaks about the power of leveraging design thinking in reimagining the impact of communities.


Scott Weiss
Partner, Creative Director

Scott is an expert storyteller, creative director, organizational and experience designer who cares deeply about how people experience the world around them.  He is passionate about helping organizations small and large fully realize their creative potential in order to activate purposeful transformation.

Prior to Community By Design, Scott was the Product Director at AREA 17, a digital product agency, where he helped brands imagine their digital presence online, in human-centered ways.

He spent 7 years as the Senior Project Manager and Experience Designer at award-winning design firm, IDEO, where he led immersive experience design projects for clients like Citibank, Target, Nike, IAG, Kate Spade, Hershey’s, AAA, and over 100 more companies and organizations.  Additionally, Scott focused a lot of his design efforts collaborating with IDEO colleagues around complicated and systemic aspects of the human narrative such as Aging, Dying, Sex, and Religion.  

Scott started his career in television and film working as a Production Director and Creative Executive for Paramount and later Discovery Communications, where he produced over 50 prime time television shows. He is passionate about narrative and telling stories through digital and in-person mediums and is constantly reimagining how we compel people through stories.