Maren Maier, graduate of the Design Management Program at Pratt, is a Buyer at ABC Carpet & Home, a home furnishings store in New York City. She oversees a department of socially and environmentally responsible home products, entitled ‘ABC Home & Planet’ and she is in charge of transitioning suppliers to more sustainable production processes, while simultaneously educating consumers about the value of conscious consumerism. Maren has helped the company to further achieve its mission of offering cause-related products by seeking out many social enterprise partnerships around the world. She has also deepened ABC’s level of commitment to environmental sustainability by pioneering initiatives, such as the “goodthread” program, which seeks to raise awareness about the importance of sustainable textiles. She also works with vendors in a step-wise manner to make the purest and healthiest textiles available to ABC’s customers. Beyond her role as a buyer, Maren has been instrumental in strengthening the framework for triple bottom line at ABC Carpet & Home, from operations to infrastructure and employee engagement.
Originally from Minnesota by way of Germany, Maren discovered at an early age the richness of cultures, a passion for creativity, and the value of seeking out different perspectives in the face of challenges. Earlier in her career, she worked in museum curation and feature film, seeking creative ways to expose people to important social and environmental issues around the world. She believes in the power of design thinking as a strategic tool to change the way we do business, create innovative policies, and redefine our relationship to the environment.
Visit Maren’s current website Creative States.