Tippy Tippens is the Founder and Director of Matter L3C and the BirdProject. She is a social entrepreneur, designer, and artist who is passionate about helping to build sustainable growth, making the objects that we live with us work for us instead of against us and ultimately wishing to contribute to greater happiness. Her professional experiences have included: designing faucets for Kohler, freelancing for lighting, furniture, graphic, architectural, and wayfinding firms as well as designing and making home furnishings for over ten years. She has also guest lectured, participated in exhibitions, competitions, and collaborations in design, public projects, and photography. She earned her masters degree in industrial design from Pratt Institute and her B.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University. In September of 2010, she moved from Brooklyn to New Orleans after the BP Oil Spill in order to create BirdProject. She is a 2011 Fellow in Propeller's New Ventures Accelerator program where she received help in the startup of MATTER L3C, Design for Social Change. Matter was founded upon developing BirdProject and finding the need for poetic, socially inspired products which are sustainably made and regionally sourced. Matter is one of the first eight L3C's in the state of Louisiana. This new business structure is designed to be a hybrid between an LLC and 501-3C whose basis in business is for social good.