I am a UX Designer in the NYC area. I quite enjoy making things and untangling complex experience questions. I typically work hands on, but have run UX teams in previous incarnations.
I use a variety of tools in my work, currently splitting between Sketch/InVision/Principal and then also the Adobe Suite including XD. Also a heck of a lot of sharpies and post-its.
In terms of my process, it is always evolving, but a big part of it is early on getting into a room with the right people and listening. Where is the friction, what are their hopes, what is confusing, and so forth. The biggest value of UX is understand what the invisible problems are that hide just out of view in everyone's peripheral vision.