Background & Experience

Hilary Jay is an award-winning journalist, creative strategist and entrepreneur who’s present interest lies at the intersection of Aging, Design, and Technology. With deep connections to the creative community nationwide, Jay grows and transforms businesses, brands, and organizations through a combination of growth planning, human-centered design, and applied research, all informed by insight about people and culture.

Hilary is nationally known for founding the first American multi-day design festival, DesignPhiladelphia. The festival, now 15 years old, was established to demonstrate, promote, and support the ability that design has to generate innovation, solve problems, enhance daily life, and influence both the perception and economics of the region.

She has worked in leadership positions from within, and as a consultant to, nonprofit organizations and for profit enterprises, including: The Center for Architecture + Design; the American Institute of Architecture, Philadelphia chapter; University of the Arts; Jefferson University & Hospital; The Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation; The Design Center at Philadelphia University; the cities of Baltimore & Philadelphia; and The Institute of Contemporary Art, among others.

Hilary offers expertise and thought leadership in design across disciplines, design strategy, marketing, and communications. Her own jewelry and watch design work is included in several books and permanent museum collections, including: Fabulous Fakes – The History of Fantasy & Fashion Jewelry; Jewels of Fantasy – Costume Jewelry of the 20th-Century; London’s Victoria and Albert Museum; the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Hilary earned her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania (Magna Cum Laude), and has done additional coursework at the Wharton School.

Areas of Expertise

  • Design and Arts Strategy
  • Policy Assessment
  • Journalism
  • Marketing