Sara Pedersen | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Sara Pedersen

Portrait of Sara Pedersen


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Sara Pedersen is a creative problem solver with a degree in Industrial Design from the University of Cincinnati. She has over 17 years of product design, brand development, retail strategy, store design, and team leadership experience. She excels at translating business objectives into creative strategies and expanding beyond to develop new product/service opportunities.

A key focus for Pedersen is empowering diversity in the design industry. She spends much of her extra time mentoring students and young professionals on the soft skills of design and career planning. She believes that all voices and stakeholders should be included in the design process.

Pedersen currently is a Senior Store Design Manager at Target. She has designed furniture, home décor, sporting goods, pet products, and interior spaces during her time there. She is an officer for the Minneapolis Chapter of IDSA. In addition to MCAD, she also teaches in the Product Design program at the University of Minnesota.