About Us

We are non-profit innovators from different parts of the education ecosystem who delight in the possibilities of the future of learning. We are connected in our belief that designing models from the learner perspective can address equity gaps and skills gaps in the fast changing hiring marketplace.

Meet Our Team

Our team, Board and Advisors bring cutting edge expertise and diverse perspectives across the learner journey and across disciplines such as technology, learning science, entrepreneurship and design. The common thread is a belief that we are at a critical historical moment in redesigning the school to work pipeline. And that we can vastly improve access and outcomes.

Kathleen Delaski

Founder & President

Kathleen created Education Design Lab after 8 years on the Board of Visitors of George Mason University, where she saw the need for a separate organization to help universities and many other interested parties innovate to prepare the professional workforce. More

Larry Roth


Larry is Chief Growth Officer at the Education Design Lab, developing and executing partnership strategies to maximize the Lab’s mission to support underserved student populations in the “Learner Revolution.” More

Binh Thuy Do

Director of Projects

Binh brings a unique set of design experiences, strategic planning and project management skills to the Education Design Lab. Her work engagements have spanned both K-12 and higher education. More

Don Fraser

Education Designer,
Director of 21st Century Skills Badging

Don connects higher education institutions with entrepreneurial start-ups to design new education models for student success, lifelong learning and workforce readiness. More

Brian LeDuc

Education Designer

Brian manages and executes new education model design challenges with education institutions and foundations, supporting the Lab’s knowledge management for innovations in higher education, and contributes to the design and ongoing development of the Lab’s design process, methods and experiences. More

Tyler Wu

Associate Education Designer

Tyler wears multiple hats at the Lab. He helps develop partnerships with learning institutions, employers, and foundations. He supports the Chief Growth Officer in maximizing the Lab’s impact in supporting underserved student populations. More

Tara Lifland

Associate Education Designer

Tara provides support for the 21st Century Skills Badging Challenge and is helping learning institutions implement badges to capture and assess smaller increments of learning than courses and degrees. More

May Paquete

Associate Education Designer

May designs visual explanations, information graphics, and print and digital materials while maintaining a productive office environment. She supports all aspects of the Lab’s operations, from design challenges to design facilitation. More

Alex Williams 

Design Fellow

Alexander reinvents higher education through project coordination and institutional collaboration, with a particular focus on engaging the Innovator Network and fueling the Lab’s impact engine. More

Ricardo Gonclaves

Design Fellow

Ricardo is a design strategist, knowledge broker and social entrepreneur working in the intersection of design, education and technology. He holds a MFA in Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons The New School for Design (New York). More

Dawan Stanford

Design Fellow

Dawan provides advice and insight to the Lab team on design-driven innovation. He was previously the Lab’s Founding Design Director, developing and evolving key design and innovation tools. More

The Lab relies on the expertise of a broad group of Board Members and Advisors to guide and grow our work.

What We Do

The Lab proactively identifies gaps in the education-to-work ecosystem that require next generation solutions. We put together partners, funders and institutions to tackle the path from problem definition through solution finding to adoption and evaluation. We also accept requests from individual institutions, funders, entrepreneurs or communities to facilitate related design processes.

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We offer a range of services and are always looking for new partners to explore the future of education and work. Learn more about our services:

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