• Design Thinking
  • Project Management



Nam-ho Park has been active in crafting compelling digital experiences for over 20 years. He is the principal of PLAIN Strategies, providing outcome-focused digital strategies for nonprofits and impact-driven organizations. Having lived and worked in London, Seoul, Hanoi, New York, Washington D.C. and now Seattle, he draws his experience from a lifetime of learning and exploring how we relate to technology and harness it for good. He has worked with the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, USAID and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and has been a speaker at conferences including the Nonprofit Technology Conference, WebVisions and Drupalcon. He has been teaching at the University of Washington’s Information School since 2015 and serves on the board of NTEN, helping nonprofits use technology to further their missions. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University.


  • M.Arch, Architecture, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, 1997
  • BS, Architectural Engineering, Yonsei University, 1992


  • Distinguished Teaching Award (nominated) - iSchool, 2022
  • Distinguished Teaching Award (nominated) - iSchool, 2021

Publications and Contributions

  • White Paper
    Communicating data for impact (2017)
    Authors: Nam-ho Park, Peter Speyer, William Heisel
  • Book, Non-Scholarly-New
    Inside form *Z: Guide to 3d modeling and rendering (2000)
    Authors: Eden Greig Muir, Cory Clarke, Nam-ho Park


  • Digital Strategy for Impact-Driven Organizations (2018)
    Washington Nonprofit Conference - Bellevue, WA
  • Communicating Data for Action & Impact (2016)
    City of Seattle - Seattle, WA
  • What Architecture Taught Me About Information Architecture and UX (2016)
    World IA Day Seattle - Seattle, WA
  • Creating Space for Stories Which Define You (2015)
    TEDxSnoIsleLibraries - Marysville, WA
  • Content Strategy for Multi-Channel Delivery (2014)
    NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference - Washington, D.C.
  • Get Going with Mobile (2013)
    The Communications Network Conference - New Orleans, LA
  • What Users Want (2013)
    NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference - Minneapolis, MN
  • Strategies for Going Mobile (2012)
    NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference - San Francisco, CA
  • Mission-Driven User Experience: Engaging the Five Percent that Matter (2006)
    Forum One - Washington, D.C.