Brittany Hutson is a User Experience (UX) Researcher at Ford Autonomous Vehicles, LLC, a new organization charged with accelerating Ford Motor Company’s AV business. As a UX researcher, Brittany develops and executes research studies to learn about human behavior, and those insights are used in the creation of new products and services. She is also a freelance journalist with a decade of experience covering a range of topics, including entrepreneurship, community development, and food and culture. Her work has appeared in Black Enterprise magazine, Essence magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Tostada Magazine, Eater Detroit, and Hour Detroit.
Originally from Long Island, New York, Brittany attended Howard University in Washington, DC. In her junior year, she studied abroad at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, focusing on African language and literature. Following graduation, she worked in editorial and public relations positions for web and print publications, the federal government, and nonprofit entities. She moved to Michigan in 2014 to attend the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where she obtained her Master’s in human-computer interaction. In 2016, Brittany was a fellow in the Global Information Engagement Program (GIEP) through University of Michigan’s School of Information. As part of the three month fellowship, she returned to Cape Town to work with the Haven Night Shelter, a nonprofit that supports the social reintegration of homeless adults. She was on a student team that conducted research on the organization’s client registration system.
Since moving to Detroit in 2015, Brittany has become attracted to the city’s grassroots approach to rebuilding and supporting communities using food as a focal point. She is a volunteer with FoodLab Detroit and Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan’s Cooking Matters classes. She is building her portfolio as a food journalist, with the goal of bringing diverse stories into food media and highlighting black-owned food businesses. Currently, Brittany is a food journalism fellow under a collaboration between WDET and Feet in 2 Worlds, a NY-based journalism training program, that brings the work of immigrant journalists and journalists of color to public radio.