Aloha. I’m so glad you stopped by.
I’m a hapa girl. That means a mixture of a whole ‘lotta things. Chinese + Romanian + Scottish, I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i. While I moved around (Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, New Orleans, Dublin)—my fiancé, cat, doggo, and I now hang our keys in mountainous San Luis Obispo, California.
My favorite part isn’t just year-round vitamin D. It’s that storytelling is in everything I do: poetry, public speaking, and UX writing and design.
Recently, I became a Content Design Manager at Facebook—and now lead a group of writers on the largest product content team in the world(!). We’re passionate about building a healthier, more connected global community.
I also had the privilege of being the UX Writing Manager at Mindbody. I managed writers and mentored designers, developed the company brand strategy, trained over 800 employees on voice and tone, and built an Ideation Program that generated over 1,500 concepts. (And because intersectionality is key, I co-founded their Equality, Diversity, and Inclusivity and Women in Tech affiliation groups.)
Oh, gosh… After hours?
My first loves are writing poetry, performing spoken word, and connecting a local community of artists, Pulse Poetic. Before my tech days, I started off as an instructor at California Polytechnic State University and at the San Luis Obispo Juvenile Hall, where I developed creative writing programs: Inside Voices (2013), HerVoice (2015), and Summer of Sisterhood (2017).
I earned my Master of Arts in English from California Polytechnic State University and Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Women’s Studies from Loyola University New Orleans.
Personal beliefs are the Oxford comma and Kona coffee. Personal pronouns are she, her, they, and them.
Cait Emma Smith | | @CaitEmmaS | @CaitEmma | Cait Emma