Who Are We

With our help, our clients generate more innovative ideas and products,
increase stakeholder satisfaction, and reduce costs while expanding their markets.


Erin Huizenga


Erin designs to help people learn. Believing solutions are best found in true collaboration with the people who will benefit from them, she helps organizational leaders connect learner-centered research insights with design thinking to build new programs and tools. She has partnered with national organizations to design learning programs for public assistance and diversity initiatives, designed tools for higher education institutions and public schools, and designed a program to empower high school students to build a portfolio of project-based work. Before founding Borough + Block she worked with firms like IDEO and Gensler on projects with Northwestern Medicine, Motorola, PNC Bank, OfficeMax, Wilson, and Best Buy. She’s been a nationally featured speaker at CreativeMornings and the HOW Conference and created curriculum and has taught graduate design courses at the IIT Institute of Design and Northwestern University.


Chris Huizenga


Chris has dedicated his career to helping organizations connect their vision and value more meaningfully with their audiences. His ability to turn insights into strategies has helped clients and their stakeholders in higher education, the nonprofit sector, and cultural institutions to co-create new programs and tools that refine and deepen their value. Chris has designed and delivered curriculum for nonprofit professional development, created a global curriculum and toolkit for a start-up accelerator, and before founding Borough + Block, led teams of administrators and physicians in the co-development of strategies that drive improvements in community health. Chris delights in developing future change-makers in his courses, having taught at higher education institutions Columbia College Chicago, University of Colorado at Boulder, and the University of Economics in Prague. He is currently faculty for the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.

THE collaborative TEAM

Colleen Pratt

Operations Director

Carlye Lauff

Design Researcher, Ph.D.

Austin Klemmer

UX Designer

Joe Liu

Technical Project Leader

Design Researcher

Julie Nelson

Communication Designer

Tara Gilboa

Learning Designer + Researcher

Video Art Director