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.
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.
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 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
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
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 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
David acts as project lead on an engagement with UNCF and their Career Pathways Initiative to assist 14 private HBCUs to modify their general education requirements, improve workforce relationships and on-campus career services to assist their students in achieving purposeful employment after graduation. More
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
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
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
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 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.