SSP/ASTM Joint Workshop
Speaker: Rafael M Lopes
Rafael M Lopes, a product innovator for more than 18 years, has designed and launched more than 10 and managed more than 60 digital product and program experiences for consumers and businesses across software, financial services, agriculture and digital health. Through his product development and marketing consulting practice, Envien Group, he helps companies design experiences that delight and add value. He has worked with notable organizations such as City National Bank, ALLTEL and Toyota. In 2012, he graduated from Founder Institute and founded Verago to connect senior caregivers with families in under one hour. In 2015, he helped launch a FinTech startup allowing fresh-produce farmers across North America to be paid 45 days faster than the industry standard.
He was a founding member and former two-term president of the Product Development and Management Association’s Los Angeles Chapter where he led the chapter’s financial transformation.
Rafael holds a B.S. in Marketing Management and Economics from California State University, Los Angeles and an M.B.A. in Marketing and International Strategy from Loyola Marymount University. As a member of the Public Programs part-time faculty of Art Center College of Design, he taught Service Design and is currently designing a course on leveraging Biomimicry models from nature to solve design challenges. He enjoys speaking on product development and innovation topics and has guest lectured at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School and the USC Marshall School of Business.
Rafael M Lopes
Product Developer – Experience Strategist