Meet the O'Briant Group

We're proud to introduce the O'Briant Group team of world-class strategists, creators, and doers.  

 

Erin OBriant President of the O'Briant Group

Erin O'Briant

President & Founder

A recognized expert in creativity and human-centered innovation, Erin is a two-time author, former English professor, and ex-Googler. She first learned design thinking as a grad student at Stanford University and was among Google’s first in-house design thinking facilitators. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College and an MLA from Stanford University.

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Dan Guttmann

Executive Vice President & Founder

Dan began his career with Quad Graphics, where he handled major contracts with Fortune 500 companies. He left to coach business owners in systems and marketing before returning to Florida State University in 2016 to earn a master’s degree in Social Work. Dan also has a Master of Technology degree in Print Management.

Dr. Lee Green

Lee Green, Ed.D.

Vice President, Education

Lee leads O'Briant Group for Education, including design thinking for K-12 educators and OG's Google Applied Digital Skills offerings. He is a Google Certified Innovator who holds an Ed.D. from the University of West Georgia. Lee has served in a variety of roles, including Game Design teacher and Director of Technology. Also pictured: Safi, the OG mascot.

Cliff Trammell

Cliff Trammell

Design Researcher & Ethnographer

A certified ethnographer, Cliff conducts qualitative research for O'Briant Group clients and leads the GSU Graduate Fellows Program. He owned a top entertainment and events company for more than a decade.

Anett Kaden

Anett Kaden

Executive Assistant

Anett previously served as an Executive Assistant for the McKinsey Group. An avid surfer, Anett speaks German, Spanish, and English. She handles logistics for the O'Briant Group team.

Maurice Black

Maurice Black, Ph.D.

Content Lead

Maurice Black is a writer, editor, and content strategist with extensive experience in publishing, education, and the nonprofit sector. He holds a PhD in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania.

Corporate Innovation Team

Our elite team of corporate-focused innovators brings a wealth of expertise to every initiative.
 
Xavier Hansen

Xavier Hansen

Innovation Project Lead

Xavier is a senior innovation specialist with expertise in building emerging technologies programs, implementing agile methodologies and developing solutions through design thinking. He most recently served as chief of operations of Verizon Labs' AR/VR incubated startup. Xavier is a certified PMP and Scrum Master.

Jon Ann Lindsey

Jon Ann Lindsey

Content & UX Strategist

Jon Ann has developed global user-focused content strategy for some of the world's top companies, including Google, PayPal, and Netflix. She was a longtime reporter and editor at the San Jose Mercury News


EDU Innovation Team

These extraordinary leaders facilitate O'Briant Group sessions in design thinking and Google Applied Digital Skills for school systems throughout North America. 

 

Anna Baldwin

Anna Baldwin, Google Certified Trainer

Facilitator

Anna holds a master's degree in Secondary Mathematics Education and Certification in Secondary Administration. She has extensive experience working with pre-service and in-service teachers.

Carrie Fisher Siegmund

Carrie Fisher Siegmund, Google Certified Innovator

Facilitator

A former teacher and instructional technologist, Carrie holds a Master's Degree in Organizational Development from the University of Georgia. She serves as a regional Director of Innovation and Learning Design. 
 

Hollie Sisk

Hollie Sisk, Google Certified Innovator & Trainer

Facilitator

A Google for Education Certified Innovator and Trainer, Hollie serves as the Director for the Instructional Support and Resources Center at Georgia Southern University. She holds master's degree in instructional technology. 


Georgia State University Department of Anthropology

Meet Our 2020 Graduate Fellows

Lela Lantz


Lela Lantz

Tanner Martin


Tanner Martin

Nick Romano


Nick Romano