Jonathan Erwin is a social designer and urban strategist based in Baltimore. He holds a B.A. in Architecture from the University of Kentucky and an M.A. Social Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Jonathan currently is a Social Design Fellow with the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation to continue his work in fostering community resilience in disinvested neighborhoods. His research emphasizes exploring context within communities to create sustainable impact. As a designer his role explores a cross-disciplinary approach to facilitation, community organizing, and social research looking at whole systems compared to a single product or place.
His work has been featured on GOOD, as well as the Better World by Design, and Architecture for Humanity: Design Like You Give a Damn conferences. In addition to the fellowship he is currently working with the National Wildlife Federation, Whole Foods Market, Gensler, MICA, Art Center College of Design, and the Clinton Global Initiative to develop strategies for how social design can leverage good intentions to make real change.