25. Nathan Ortiz of Red Door Interactive: The Power of Inclusive Design

Nathan Ortiz is an Associate DevOps Engineer at Red Door Interactive, based in the San Diego area. He previously was a software engineer at Trainsquare and prior to that was in the US Navy.

Our conversation starts with Nathan’s childhood in which he played a lot of different sports and after which he ultimately pursued a career in the navy. It was there that he found a supportive LGBTQ+ community which he quickly grew to treat like a family.  This was when he began to question his own gender identity and ultimately transitioned to identify as a man.

Now in the field of software design, Nathan describes what inclusive design really is, and why it is only through the lived experience of users that flaws or failures of a design can be revealed and addressed.

The 2023 Pride Series is kindly sponsored by members of our Rainbow Network including Laura J. LaTourette, who is a financial planner who describes her practice as one designed to enable LGBTQ+ folx make a plan to simplify their lives to enable them to live authentically and leave a legacy of love. Based in Dahlonega Georgia but with a national client base Laura has a particular interest in working with LGBTQ+ elders. You can find out more about Laura’s practice by following her on:

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