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Carbon is not just one team. To sustain productive contribution and maintain a clear direction for Carbon as a whole, various groups work together to provide direction, governance, and support.

Steering committee

The Carbon Design System steering committee provides oversight and direction for Carbon and its design and development community, to improve the Carbon Design System for IBM and the world. It is made up of Carbon practitioners to ensure Carbon stays true to the community we’re serving.

Drive impactful human and business outcomes

The steering committee represents the voice of the customer and business, reflecting the diverse objectives of the IBM Design and development community. We ensure Carbon Design System delivers business value, which in turn drives outcomes that people love.

Scale design consistency and excellence

The steering committee provides line of sight into our respective patterns and best practices. By doing so, we support the community effort to improve the consistency of the human experience. To scale excellence, we share successes, either from using Carbon, or as input to improving Carbon. As a committee, we amplify key projects of high potential business value to influence Carbon’s priorities.

Grow and strengthen the community

The steering committee engages our respective networks of collaborators and resources to consume, contribute to, and innovate Carbon. We feed a virtuous cycle in which Carbon advocacy grows by freeing Designers and Developers to focus on higher level solutions, which they contribute back into Carbon.  This increases the internal and external eminence of Carbon Design System and IBM.

The people

Sophia Levens
Executive Director of Design, IBM Sterling; Chair, Steering committee
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Tricia Garrett
Design Principal, Master Inventor, Watson Health; Co-chair, Steering committee
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Mike Abbink
IBM Distinguished Designer, Carbon
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Dawn Ahukanna
Design Principal, Technology Support Services (GTS/TSS)
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Cameron Calder
IBM Design Principal, IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software
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Robin Cannon
Global Director of Design Systems, IBM iX
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Linda Carotenuto
Product Manager, Digital Design Squad, Carbon for
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Jeff Chew
Senior Experience Technology Manager, IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software
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Patrick Clough
Design System Enablement Lead, CIO Design, Finance and Operations
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Shawn Hoglund
Experience Lead, CHQ Digital Marketing
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David Levinson
IBM Design Principal, IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software
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Alison Joseph
Development Manager, Carbon
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Justin Pomeroy
IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service UI
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Tessa Rodes
Senior Design Manager, IBM Cloud
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Matt Rosno
Product Manager, Carbon
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Jeannie Servaas
IBM Design Principal, Carbon
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JD Speer
Design Lead, IBM Storage
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Marko Thorhauer
Executive Creative Director, IBM Design Principal, IBM iX
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Diana Tran
Visual Design Practice Lead, IBM Sterling
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Garrett Vorbeck
Front-end Developer, IBM Systems
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Cathy Zee-Poor
Creative Director for IBM Z Systems
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Advisory board

The Carbon advisory board is comprised of executives across the company who advise on the direction of Carbon and ensure top level buy-in and resource allocation to support Carbon’s work.

Board responsibilities

  • Champion Carbon adoption and Carbon standards within their organization.
  • Where possible, commit to engaging design or development resources from within their organization to help accomplish the Carbon roadmap.
  • Hold the steering committee, and Carbon as a whole, accountable for delivery of design standards, guidance, and excellence with business impact.
  • Provide the steering committee with feedback on business needs, to facilitate a Carbon roadmap that meets those needs.

The people

Mike Abbink
Executive Creative Director, Design, IBM Distinguished Designer
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Katrina Alcorn
General Manager of Design, Cloud and Cognitive Software
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