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 the Times’s branded content studio, T Brand Studio, she oversaw the creation of hundreds of best-in-class brand stories that earned “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.

Now, in San Francisco, she partners with nonprofit, food, and start-up clients on digital and print design projects, pitch decks, and infographics. She loves getting to the heart of a problem and figuring out: what is the best way to organize and distill this information in a visually compelling way? She also brings her expertise to the classroom at General Assembly, where she teaches a series of bootcamps and workshops on the principles of visual design.

Susannah is a life-long learner, and is currently working on combining her passion for design, food, and sustainability as a Food Studies Master’s student at University of the Pacific. She is also working on a short graphic novel…about birthday cake.




Culinary Historians of NY
FoodBytes! San Francisco
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.

DePaul University
Northwestern University
Rutgers University
University of Minnesota
Yeshivah of Flatbush

Tech & Start-Ups
CA Technologies