Susannah Hainley
Making things pretty



Susannah uses design, infographics, and other forms of graphic storytelling to engage people around complex topics.


Susannah is passionate about using design as a tool for change. This started early in her career at the firm Red Rooster Group, where she helped nonprofits increase their reach through effective brand strategy and design. Later, she was proud to help fund important journalism as part of a digital advertising revolution at The New York Times. As the Senior Art Director of T Brand Studio, the Times’s branded content studio, she oversaw the creation of hundreds of best-in-class brand stories which earned T Brand “Hottest in Native Advertising” from Adweek in 2015 and 2016. It was there that she honed her skills in digital interactive design, UX, and data visualization.

Since moving to San Francisco in 2017, she has partnered with food, nonprofit, and start-up clients on a range of projects including digital products, print collateral, pitch decks, brand identities, infographics, and more. She also brings her expertise to the classroom at General Assembly (GA), where she teaches a series of visual design courses, bootcamps, and workshops. She was recently recognized for her exemplary service as a member of General Assembly's Distinguished Faculty program (representing the top 1% of faculty worldwide), and currently serves as the Chair for GA’s Visual Design Product Advisory Board.

Susannah is a life-long learner, and is currently in the process of obtaining her Master’s degree in Food Studies from University of the Pacific (where she is merging her passions for design and food). She is also working on a short graphic novel…about birthday cake. 🎂



Culinary Historians of NY
FoodBytes! San Francisco
Foodways California
Omega Road Winery

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Girls’ Lounge
Junior League of Washington
Scholars at Risk Network
Student Advocacy, Inc.

General Assembly
Northwestern University
Rutgers University
University of Minnesota
Yeshivah of Flatbush

Tech & Start-Ups
CA Technologies