Corinna Gelster-Borgardt

Corinna is the Creative Director at Metal Toad, a technology consultancy in downtown Portland. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a BFA in Graphic Design. With over a decade of experience working as a leader and designer, she oversees and manages the strategic direction and day-to-day execution of the Design and UX department at Metal Toad. As the engineering company’s design visionary, she leads the Design and UX department in their mission to unite user-focused strategic design with meaningful experiences and business value.

Offering a diverse skillset, she’s adept at assessing the real “ask”, strategizing solutions, and motivating teams to deliver exceptional work. Yet Corinna considers her role to be about so much more — it’s about being a driven, empathetic, and positive leader who invests in her team, creates focus and alignment, and gets things DONE.

In all endeavors, she brings a passion for adaptability and learning, keen visual skills, and due diligence from concept through completion.

When not leading or designing, you can find her exploring the Oregon coast and local farmer’s markets, running, doing yoga, curling up with a great book, sculpting, or cooking for an impromptu dinner party.

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