About Us

The Education Design Lab (the Lab) is a national nonprofit that co-designs, prototypes, and tests education-to-workforce models through a human-centered design process focused on understanding learners’ experiences, addressing equity gaps in higher education, and connecting learners to economic mobility.

We are a diverse team that brings a critical mix of expertise in higher education, K-12, talent development, policy, and entrepreneurship. We are connected in our belief that designing models from the learner perspective can address equity and skills gaps in an incredibly dynamic world of work.

The Lab's Designers in Residence program is co-creating the future roles of college.

Our Designers in Residence program brings together visionary higher education leaders to evolve and strengthen the role of colleges to be regional change agents to close economic and racial opportunity gaps.

Our Funders

+ Ascendium Education Group
+ The Autodesk Foundation
+ Axim Collaborative
+ Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
+ Carnegie Corporation of New York
+ Caterpillar Foundation
+ Charles Koch Foundation
+ Citizens Bank
+ Colorado Community College System

+ deLaski Family Foundation
+ Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation
+ ECMC Foundation
+ Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation
+ Gianforte Family Foundation
+ Strada Education Network
+ Walmart
+ Walton Family Foundation


List updated in April 2024

Core Values





We are biased toward action.

We are learner-driven.

We believe education is the most important lever for economic mobility.

We believe economic mobility can break the cycle of poverty.




Careers + How to Get Involved

We are always looking for fellow travelers who believe we can build a more relevant, accessible, portable, and visible education system for learners. Join us in working on-the-ground to build an equitable future.




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