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Project Partners

Last updated on Dec 10, 2018

Marketing, brand strategy, finance, strategic and operations plans are already on your plate. Our innovative and creative students are hungry to serve up a meal.

We offer the opportunity to work with a single team of students or an entire class of student teams.

Projects can range from small, four-week projects (including research or evaluations) to semester-long projects that develop ideas and innovative solutions for needs and opportunities three to five years in the future.

These projects uncover new opportunities not yet identified or addressed by partner organizations. They also give our students experience working with real organizations on interesting challenges and offer great networking and career-building opportunities.

Our partners find working with DMBA students not only results in high-quality deliverables and outcomes but also stimulates fresh thinking and approaches that go well beyond the scope of the projects.

The studio becomes an experimental lab for both students and organizations to discover the effectiveness of design strategy for innovation and complex problem-solving.

Project Teams


Oakland Museum of California


Oru Kayak

Coffee Bar


La Cocina

Philz Coffee

Dave’s Gourmet

Plum Organics

Galileo Learning

Poetic Brands

Green Dentistry



Public Bikes

Heath Ceramics

Rosenfeld Media

Impact HUB Oakland

SB Architects

Jamba Juice

SpringLoaf Catering

Make-A-Wish Foundation

Sustainable Cotton Project


Tech Shop

The Nature Conservancy

Wente Vineyards

Nest Collective

Zepaltas Wines

New Leaf Paper


Extended Community

Aside from the mentor and partnership opportunities mentioned above, additional mechanisms for outside organizations to interact with our students and program include the following:

Our faculty regularly gives workshops on the themes and skills in the program to organizations of all types (for-profit, nonprofit, and government). We can even customize workshops for your organization.

For more information or to propose a specific project or partnership, please contact Tim Smith.