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Margaret Gould Stewart is Director of Product Design at Facebook, Inc, leading the company’s user experience efforts to connect people to businesses and brands in powerful ways, as well as making Facebook a highly effective marketing platform for businesses, both small and large. Prior to her current role, she spent three years leading UX for YouTube, and two years leading Search and Consumer Products UX at Google. Margaret has been a practitioner and manager in the field of User Experience for over 15 years. After graduating from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) in 1995, Margaret consulted extensively with New York media companies such as the New York Times, Time-Warner, and Scholastic to develop many of their first forays into the web. She’s held leadership roles at a variety of high profile start ups and corporations, including Tripod.com, which was acquired by Lycos, Inc., and Wachovia Corp.
Over the course of her career, Margaret has led the design teams for 5 top 10 most visited websites in the world. Margaret is a member of the board of Architecture for Humanity, and she has served on the jury for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards. She is a frequent speaker about design, user experience, creative management, and the changing landscape of media. She lives in Palo Alto with her husband, three children, and various and sundry pets.