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Brooke Foti Gemmell

Phone: +1 (203) 709-0019

Location: Central Connecticut, USA

A Bit About Me

Visual problem-solver by training, critical-thinker & idea-propagator by trade. I thrive in partnerships where I can help guide the trajectory and strategy of a concept, while offering expertise in the creative direction and execution. With a background in visual arts and design, I currently serve as the creative strategist, visual problem-solver, and brand manager in a scholarly communications design research studio.

My graduate degree studies focused on digital culture, web & interactive media design and development, and digital media strategies for business, and I have completed advanced programs in entrepreneurship & innovation. Through my roles and experiences, I have continued to hone my expertise in the areas of creative direction, project management, and design thinking; I am particularly passionate about guiding my students and colleagues as they navigate the many possibilities ahead of them they that may not discover on their own.

More than anything, I enjoy making the work environment around me a safe and welcoming place. I love to consider the details that can make a team feel like a family: thoughtful check-ins; remembering birthdays; a GIF from The Office when it's most needed. I love to be the glue that holds people and ideas together, and I joyfully apply this mindset to every facet of my life.




Master of Arts

Digital Media & Design
University of Connecticut

Storrs, CT

Digital Culture

Interactive Media & Web Design & Development

Digital Media Strategies
for Business

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Studio Art
University of Connecticut

Storrs, CT

Communications Design

Photography & Video

Minor in Digital Arts

Senior Thesis Faculty Award

Liberty Bank Foundation Scholarship

Office of the Provost Photography Award

Office of Undergraduate Research Research Expense Grant

William Brand Scholarship

Dean’s List

Study Abroad

Central Saint Martins,
University of the Arts
London, UK

Graphic Design & Interaction

Donna Samson Krenicki Design Scholarship

Global Citizen Scholarship

Continuing Education

Accelerate UConn

(NSF I-Corps Program)
Connecticut Center
for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

"Accelerate UConn is UConn’s National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site. Its mission is to catalyze entrepreneurial teams whose technology concepts are likely candidates for commercialization. Participating teams will receive an introduction to the most critical elements of the I-Corps Curriculum and Lean Launchpad methodology. With the support of Accelerate UConn, teams will learn first-hand about entrepreneurship and explore the transition of their ideas, devices, processes, new scientific discoveries or other intellectual activities into the marketplace."

Leading Innovation Certificate

American Institute

of Graphic Arts

"Because organizations must innovate to stay alive in today's highly competitive marketplace, those who are able to channel their creativity and innovation toward organizational challenges and goals bring exceptional value to any workplace. For a working manager, team leader, or director, it is a challenge to work creatively while also meeting the requirements of managing others. This certificate, curated by AIGA, is intended to help professionals find a way to tap into their own stores of creativity and innovation and incorporate them while honing an effective management style."

Hilla Rebay
Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship

Studio Art Dept.
Trinity College | Hartford, CT

"The Hilla Rebay fellowship at Trinity College provide[s] workspace, time, and a supportive arts community so talented individuals who studied studio arts at a university, art school or liberal arts college can have the extra resources they need to prepare the strongest possible portfolio in support of applications to graduate school in art. The fellowship allows recent college graduates to spend an academic year at Trinity working as an assistant for the Studio Arts Program. Fellowship recipients work a minimum of 20 hours per week. Ten hours are spent working as a general assistant for the Studio Arts Program. Beyond that, fellows are expected to spend another ten hours (minimum) working in the studio on their personal work for the graduate school admissions portfolio."

Leadership and Team Management Certificate

American Institute 
of Graphic Arts

"The AIGA Leadership and Team Management Certificate is designed for current and prospective managers seeking to grow their leadership capacity. These courses will help you understand the foundations of effective management, including the tools, techniques, skills, and competencies that can help all managers navigate workplace relationships, coach and mentor employees, and lead high-performing teams in accordance with HR laws and managerial best practices. You’ll also understand the skills and techniques of managing through coaching in an organizational setting, including listening actively, providing constructive feedback based on observation, reinforcing positive employee performance through recognition and praise, and teaching new skills. This Certificate will help you identify your own management style."

Design Your Life

Stanford Life Design Lab
Stanford University

"The Stanford Life Design Lab applies design thinking to tackling the "wicked" problems of life and vocational wayfinding.  ​ "Since 2018, the Life Design Lab has been committed to sharing the work of Life Design to colleges & universities around the world. We have trained over 400 universities resulting in millions of students touched by the power of Life Design. We believe firmly that a creative and generative framework with which to address ambiguity is more important now than ever before. With the power of our community, we hope to continue sharing the transformative power of life design."

Designing an Inclusive Organization Certificate

American Institute 
of Graphic Arts

"Organizations are accountable for their diversity and inclusion goals. These courses teach you how to create an inclusive work culture, prioritize diversity, and build an inclusive workspace, both in person and in remote work settings. You will also learn about HR metrics, predictive analytics, diversity training, diversity scorecards, and other tools that organizations use to identify biases, track the progress of initiatives, and gauge the effectiveness of policies. This Certificate also offers suggestions about how to address cognitive bias and unconscious bias in recruiting, hiring, retaining, and developing a workforce as well as how to create an inclusive culture where all employees are respected and appreciated, have equal access to workplace opportunities, and are fairly compensated."

Career Growth Certificate

American Institute 
of Graphic Arts

"These career building courses cover critical professional skills to help all workers plan, build, and manage their career path for optimal success, covering skills such as resume writing, interviewing, networking, and how to put your best foot forward when starting a new role."

Professional Roles (Higher Ed.)


Greenhouse Studios
University of Connecticut

Storrs, CT

Design Strategist

Core member of a radically collaborative scholarly communications research unit which primarily pursues innovations in scholarship creation & publishing, including developing products, workflows, frameworks, and interventions. Acts as both principle creative manager & lead student mentor. Strategizes collaboratively to develop & strengthen the mission, operations, staffing, budget & funding opportunities, and partnership opportunities of the unit. Liaises between Greenhouse Studios and other units & stakeholders both internal and external to UConn, building new relationships while nurturing existing partnerships. Has contributed to attaining over $1 million worth of grant funding since 2018. Balances & leads 10+ simultaneous cross-functional teams composed of diverse individuals with varying skill sets and backgrounds. Builds teams and facilitates design-thinking methodologies & experimental project design for initiatives with stakeholders at the university and beyond. Provides creative & artistic direction to project groups and the studio at-large, supervising the work of graduate and undergraduate research assistants and managing the brand identities of Greenhouse Studios and its projects. Cultivates student development and engagement throughout their employment, striving to integrate both inclusive principles into the student experience. Has mentored over 30 student employees since 2017; mentees have gone on to professional UX, development, and design roles with employers such as Meta, Rokt, and IBM, as well as tenure track & adjunct roles at several colleges & universities. Develops design thinking curricula for all levels of students & university professionals, including deans, department heads, faculty, and staff. Topics include branding, design thinking, remote collaboration, UX, life design, and aesthetic principles. Delivers class content both in-person and virtually, focusing on learner engagement and experiential learning opportunities.

Notable Projects & Programs

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Sourcery logo
NetWorkLab logo
The Treehouse logo
Charles VR logo

Selected Publicity

App Supporting Archival Research Continues Development with Community Partnerships

Article [Sourcery]
UConn Today

February 2022

Article [Sourcery]
UConn Today 
September 2020

June 2016 - Sept. 2017

Archives & Special Collections (Library)
University of Connecticut

Storrs, CT

Archivist Assistant

Responsible for the preservation, organization, and ease of accessibility of the expansive multimedia collection of late child labor + human rights documentarian, U. R. Robin Romano Conducted outreach & introduced collection materials to educators, students, scholars, and potential donors Created innovative solutions for managing & promoting digital/multimedia collection, including: Designing and building comprehensive landing web page to improve connectivity between the collection and potential audiences. Developing searchable cataloguing system for extensive digital file collection Managing organization and ingestion of digital materials into online Islandora repository, including item description & keywording Maintained social media presence across platforms including Wordpress, Twitter, & YouTube

Leadership Experience


Greenhouse Studios 

Youth & Amateur Chair / Co-Chair

Region 16 Arabian 
Horse Association

Social Media & Web Co-Chair

Region 16 Arabian
Horse Association



Connecticut River Arabian Association, Inc.

Various Student Management Roles


Various Youth Officer Roles

FFA & 4-H

Volunteer Experience

Arabian Hunter Pleasure Association

Marketing Committee

Region 16 Arabian Horse Association

Various Committees & Leadership Roles

Arabian Horse Club of Connecticut

Show Committee

Connecticut River Arabian Association, Inc.

Treasurer, Show Committee

Sloane Training Center

Marketing Manager, Learning Show Judge

Arabian School Horse Benefit Program


Through a crowdfunding campaign and a custom Wordpress website I developed, we were able to raise over $15,000 that went directly to lesson barn owners across the country who were impacted by the pandemic.

Recent Contracts & Partnerships

Candid Photographer

National Horseman Publishing 
Scottsdale, AZ

Pitch Deck

New York, NY

Social Media Manager &
Graphic Designer

Chestnuthill Arabians
Ocala, FL

Photographer & Video Artist

Seymour Media 
Bristol, CT

Brand Ambassador & Riding Partner

Cavaliere Couture
Santa Ynez, CA

Recent Publications & Speaking Engagements

Author, Journal Article
Digital Studies/Le champ numérique 

October 2023

Featured Speaker, Virtual Talk
Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

March 2023

National Horseman Arabian

Vol. 8:1, Page 191, 2023

Land Grab CT: Leveraging digital humanities branding as a tool for accessible scholarly publishing

Panelist, Virtual Panel
DH Unbound 

May 2022

Selected Mentor
UConn Center for Career Development

March 2021

Making It Work for the World: Problem-Solving with Innovation

Panelist, Virtual Panel
UConn Research Connections

October 2020

[Volunteer Project Feature]
Article Segment

National Horseman Arabian
Vol. 5:3, Page 58. 2020

Self-Published, Medium

December 2018

Teaching Experience

Faculty & Facilitator

Greenhouse Studios

  • Human-Centered Design Essentials

  • Remote Collaboration Technologies


Honors Program
University of Connecticut

  • UNIV1175: First Year Seminar: More Than Just Your Major

Visiting Lecturer

Various Departments
Trinity College

  • ​Design Thinking for Innovation

  • Concept to Prototype: Building Through Innovation

Teaching Assistant

Studio Arts
Trinity College

  • Introduction to Photography

  • Documentary Photography

  • Artist Books

Visiting Lecturer

Various Departments
University of Connecticut

  • Fine Artist Talks

  • Introduction to Photographic Discourse

  • Fellowship Experiences

  • Design for Digital Humanities

  • Branding at 10,000 Feet

  • Introduction to Life Design

Teaching Assistant

Art & Art History
University of Connecticut

  • Basic Photography

Recent Professional Awards & Nominations

Best Photo of 2023 Finalist

National Horseman Arabian

February 2024
Winner to be Named in March

Student-Nominated Career Advocate of the Year

University of Connecticut Center for Career Development

May 2023

Colleague-Nominated Career Advocate of the Year

University of Connecticut Center for Career Development

May 2023

Student Supervisor of the Year

University of Connecticut Student Life

February 2023


American Institute
of Graphic Arts

US Equestrian

American Horse

Arabian Horse

Arabian Horse
Club of Connecticut

Former Youth Member & Officer of Local FFA & 4-H Chapters

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