(L) Marta Urquilla, (R) Isaac Agbeshie-Noye

We’re pleased to announce that Marta Urquilla and Isaac Agbeshie-Noye have joined the Lab as Chief Program Officer and Education Designer, HBCU Director, respectively.

Marta joins the Lab with over 25 years’ experience working in government, philanthropy, academia and nonprofit sectors to build and manage innovative programs and promote policies that advance equity and inclusion and improve social outcomes. At the Lab, Marta will be serving as Chief Program Officer, directing the creation of new education models toward the future of work.

From Marta:“I am excited to join the Lab and to collaborate with the team and Innovator Network to create new models and pathways that connect students to successful outcomes in their academic and professional careers.

I was drawn to the Lab for many reasons, including a wonderfully creative and committed team. Three more reasons that motivated my decision to join the Lab: 1) Demonstrated approach to co-creation with diverse partners on the ground; 2) Expert understanding of design as a tool to unlock innovative solutions at a systems level; and 3) Organizational commitment to achieve solutions through an equity lens.”

Isaac has dedicated his career to improving non-traditional students’ experiences transitioning to and through college. His rich student affairs experience coupled with his deep knowledge of branding and organizational culture at HBCU institutions make him a great fit for the role of Education Designer at the Lab, particularly for the role of HBCU lead in our work with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). Learn more about our project with UNCF here.

From Isaac: “I wanted to join the Lab to explore and implement new approaches to fostering equity and facilitating student success in higher education. We have a responsibility to create an environment where all students have the opportunity to learn, and as our students continue to evolve, I was interested in the Lab’s role in assisting institutions in evolving with them. In my time here at the Lab, I hope to help colleges, universities, and organizations to serve students more effectively.”

From Education Design Lab founder, Kathleen deLaski: “With two more committed strategists onboard we are poised to bring our design work and expertise to another level. Our goal is to support one million learners with more affordable, more portable and/or more relevant models and tools by 2025. Marta and Isaac will accelerate our ability to get there.”