Jess Irish is a full-time faculty in the School of Art, Media & Technology at Parsons, The New School for Design, and has previously taught at Wellesley College, UCLA, and UCSB. Her design research focuses on the application of dynamic media to empower communities through collaborative information mapping and non-linear storytelling. Collaborative design projects include Visualizing Pipeline Impacts, DataMYNE and Urban Research Tool. She was a founding principle of OnRamp Arts, an award-winning digital arts non-profit in central Los Angeles that produces innovative new media projects such as Tropical America, in collaboration with local communities and artists. Her artwork in video, installation, print media situates an investigation into the relationships between information technology and landscape; architecture and ideology. Both her design work and art work have been exhibited and screen nationally and internationally, and have been featured in publications such as Art Forum, METROPOLIS, RES, and Artweek magazines, as well as various international journals. Irish received her MFA in Studio Art from the University of California, Irvine in 1996, and her second MFA in Creative Writing from The New School in 2016.