Creating Positive Impact for 17 Years
FiveStone locks arms with organizations fighting to make the world a better place. We use design to help nonprofits and social enterprises solve their biggest challenges and create positive impact.
Making things that matter since 2001
We started FiveStone with the vision that design can lead people to change. We want to see a world where thoughtful organizations win and good pushes itself into every aspect of society.
What We Do
Our work sits squarely within the Human Centered Design tradition. This approach keeps the people we are designing for at the heart of our work and ensures solutions specific to them. While our methods and tools may change and the things we design vary, our work always falls within three main categories:
Discovering new opportunities for growth.
Communicating with emotion, clarity, and focus.
Launching ideas to the right people at the right time.
Success starts with good questions
We start with questions before offering solutions. This means digging in and getting to know our clients; which is exactly what we like to do.
Meaningful missions change the world
We help organizations fully align so their model, their products, and their business are all equally meaningful.
Trust is the foundation of a partnership
We work with people trying to make the world a better place. Fighting for the same thing binds us in unique ways, allowing us to dig deeper and find stronger solutions.
Beauty points to something bigger
We strive to move past the temporal, affecting people at their core and challenging them to ask big questions.
Inevitability limits creativity
We fight for new ways of seeing, doing, thinking, and being. Imagination sits before implementation, pushing us to think past existing frameworks and established norms.
Design moves people to change
We design systems that shift attitudes and drive people to act in new ways that bring about sustainable, long-term impact.
Working with Partners like These Gets Us Out of Bed in the Morning
We love what we do and who we do it with. Our partners include the brightest minds solving the biggest challenges of our generation. If that doesn’t get you out of bed in the morning, nothing will.
Meet the Team
Our team represents a broad range of design experts–from strategists to producers. Our experience ranges from seasoned veterans with over 20 years of experience to fresh-faced college graduates still paying off college loans.
When not cranking out goodness at FiveStone, you will find at least one of us petting cats, biking, wrangling kids, podcasting, playing music, sipping whiskey, playing soccer, volunteering, knitting, writing, singing, binging TV, and mentoring. Sometimes we sleep. With all our differing hobbies and interests, we do share one thing in common: We all believe design can change the world.
Founder & President
In addition to starting FiveStone, Jason has co-authored two spiritual living books and has a third book on organizational storytelling releasing soon. He loves craft beer and mood swings. If you encounter the latter, try offering him the former. Jason—along with his wife, four kids, and dog—lives in Brooklyn, where his southern gait often keeps him from making the train.
Director, Client Strategy
Neil is living proof that the French continue their war on vowels. Letters aside, Neil's career has taken him from leading strategy, innovation, and brand development for Fortune 500 clients, to building social enterprises in Africa and Central America. An avid mountain biker, he holds a brown belt in Mildly Sarcastic Humor and currently lives in Fort Collins, CO with his wife Amy and their three sons.
Kristin is passionate about typography, Korean food, and making sure things get done and get done well. Before joining FiveStone, Kristin spent 10 years creating independent work as the owner and principal designer of Kristin Spix Design. She lives in the northwest corner of Manhattan with her husband and two sons.
An engineer and statistics nerd at heart, Bonnie brings a unique perspective to innovation and brand strategy. The robust coffee scene, incredible trail access and abundance of interesting conversations make Boulder, CO home. She spends her free time adventuring in the mountains with her husband and their two little ones.
Patricio is Creative Director for FiveStone, where he oversees visual style and execution on a diverse range of projects. He joined FiveStone as a Senior Designer in 2005, following his graduation from The Portfolio Center in Atlanta, Georgia, where he has also served as a Typography Instructor.
You’ll often find Jeremy with headphones in his ears listening to podcasts or audiobooks. Before FiveStone, Jeremy spent 13 years working with businesses to develop and scale their e-commerce and marketing departments. He has a love/hate relationship with coffee and usually spends his evenings digitizing his vinyl collection or watching Fawlty Towers.
Sy is a self-taught designer, activist, entrepreneur and curly-hair enthusiast. She works to empower her generation to take the lead in living their best life. When she’s not designing, Sy is developing content for her upcoming women empowerment documentary, Women Working Project. You can find her riding her 7-speed beach cruiser in the streets of Harlem while enjoying veggie empanadas.
Liz is Project Manager at FiveStone, which allows her love for details and processes to thrive. Before joining FiveStone, Liz spent over a decade in administrative and account management roles, both in and outside of the nonprofit space. Liz lives in Manhattan and is on the never-ending quest of finding the greatest food and drink the city has to offer, all the while daydreaming of travel and her future Vespa.
Before joining the FiveStone team, Katie spent the last 10 years as a Project Manager in marketing/advertising in New York and Colorado. She currently resides in Boulder, CO but tries to get home to her native New Orleans as often as she can. You can often find her on a run, walking the dog, or checking out live music. She's been told she makes a pretty good gumbo too!
Co-Founder, Back Office
When she's not keeping FiveStone's back office or her family of six organized, you will often find Heather reading, having a long conversation with a friend, planning next summer’s family vacation, or enjoying a long walk in the quiet of Prospect Park.
Fanny is a financial professional with 14 years of experience specializing in financial reporting, analysis, budgeting, and forecasting. She is passionate about telling stories with numbers, while helping businesses streamline processes. She is a world traveler, marathon runner, and a big fan of trying out the newest local eats.
Our Partner Network
In addition to our core team, FiveStone works with a best-in-class collective of specialists to help us stay nimble and scalable. This allows us to serve client needs with the best-equipped team to answer the unique questions of a project.
Political Engagement Strategist
Social Enterprise Attorney