Born in Buenos Aires, Mariana Amatullo is an educator, author, and lectures internationally on social impact design. She is the co-founder and leader of Designmatters at Art Center College of Design, a program where students work across disciplines to advance positive social change by applying good design to an array of social issues.
Through her leadership, Art Center is the first design institution to be affiliated as a non-governmental organization with the United Nations. Amatullo serves on several advisory boards and networks engaged in the arts, design education, and social activism, including ideo.org, Design 21 (in partnership with UNESCO), Intelligent Mobility International and the Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journal Tassmeem. In 2012, Amatullo received the Inaugural Dell Social Innovation Education Award for outstanding leadership in teaching and supporting student social innovators.
She is a founding member of the University of Southern California International Museum Institute and served on the editorial committee for Beyond the Turnstile: Making the Case for Museums and Sustainable Values. Prior to joining Art Center, Amatullo pursued a variety of research and curatorial projects and held positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art.