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
Chief Program Officer
As Chief Program Officer, Marta directs the creation of new education models toward the future of work while leading efforts to promote equity and achieve impact for non-traditional learners. 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
Isaac acts as the Lab's lead on a project with the United Negro College Fund's (UNCF) Career Pathways Initiative, which is designed to assist 14 select historically and/or predominantly Black colleges and universities to reimagine general education requirements, strengthen workforce relationships, and enhance on-campus career services to assist students in achieving purposeful employment after graduation. More
Seamless Transfer Pathways Coach
As the Seamless Transfer Pathways Coach, Leslie provides support and guidance to the IHE Teams selected to participate in the Seamless Transfer Pathways Design Challenge throughout the challenge year (2017-18). 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
Education Partnerships Associate
Anne Marie supports various development and marketing initiatives, with the goal of maximizing the Lab’s mission to support historically nontraditional and/or underserved student populations and promote equity within post secondary education. More
Executive Assistant + Design Associate
Kenna directly supports both the Lab’s Founder and President, Kathleen deLaski, and the greater Lab team across various internal and external projects. More
Senior Finance Specialist
Lexi supports all aspects of Education Design Lab's finance and accounting functions. She manages budgeting, accounting, grants, financial reporting with a strategic, forward-looking viewpoint. 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.