Education, Industry, Design, Passion

Education Design Lab Team

Kathleen deLaski, Founder and PresidentKathleen 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. Kathleen is also the president of The deLaski Family Foundation, a leading Washington area grant-maker in education and the arts. More

Laurence Roth, Chief Growth OfficerLaurence Roth

Chief Growth Officer

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.” At the Lab, he also advises both intrepreneurs and entrepreneurs designing new programs and services for the post-secondary market. Larry brings 25 years of experience leading and advising start-up/early stage companies in the digital media and education technology sectors. More

Director of ProjectsBinh 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; in the latter, she has done extensive work leading strategic master planning efforts with a number of higher education institutions throughout California. More

Don Fraser, Jr., Higher Ed ReDesignerDon Fraser, Jr.

Higher Ed ReDesigner

As Education Design Lab’s Higher Ed ReDesigner, Don connects higher education institutions with entrepreneurial start-ups to design new education models for student success, lifelong learning and workforce readiness. Don reimagines and disrupts higher education by designing with students, higher education and industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and others. Don leads design challenges, design challenge cohorts, and delivers other Lab projects targeting new higher ed models. He is currently leading the Badging Challenge Design Cohort. More

Brian LeDuc

Education Designer

As an 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

Ricardo Goncalves, Service Design Summer AssociateRicardo Goncalves

Designer In Residence

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). His graduation thesis project, entitled Flip it Forward, explored the future of learning in K-12 education through design in contexts as diverse as India, The U.S. and China. More

Alexander Williams, ReDesign AssociateAlexander Williams

ReDesign Associate

As Education Design Lab’s ReDesign Associate, 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. He envisions higher education as a mechanism for empowerment, developed from working with institutional consortia in Virginia, New Jersey, Kentucky, and now DC. More

May Paquete

Design Associate

As Education Design Lab’s Design Associate, 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

Tara Lifland, Design Associate

Tara Lifland

Design Associate

As an 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

Tyler Wu

Tyler Wu

Design Associate

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

Dawan Stanford, Director of Design Strategy & OperationsDawan Stanford, JD, PhD

Design Fellow

Dawan is a Design Fellow at the Lab, where he 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

Design Partners

George Mason University

Arizona State University

Lumina Foundation


Bay Path University

Montgomery College

Elon University

University of New England

Leading Academic Change Summit


Vassar College

University of Arizona

Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership

Parsons Institute of Design

Noetic Consultants

Western Governors University

Georgetown University

University of Virginia

University System of Maryland

University of Maryland University College

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Northern Virginia Community College

Northern Va. Technology Council

Road Trip Nation

U.S. Department of Education

Youth Economic Opportunities Conference

HCM Strategists

Thought Partners

NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship)


Notre Dame ePortfolio Engagement Program

Education Technology Associates

National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship

Educate + Innovate

University of Virginia Jefferson Education Accelerator

American Council on Education

National Education Week


Claremont Lincoln University

Council for Aid to Education

Open Badge Alliance

Center for Innovative Technology

Getting Smart

University Ventures (VC)

ReThink Education (VC)

Arlington Co. Economic Development Authority

Institute for Workplace Skills and Innovation

Become a Design Partner or Thought Partner

Join the Education Design Lab to codesign new education models, test ideas through learning pilots, and participate in our design challenges, facilitated design events, and the Lab’s growing community of education innovators.

We’re seeking a Senior Education Designer:

Senior Education Designer

Board of Directors

Erik Heyer, Board Member

Erik Heyer

Board Member

Erik Heyer is currently Executive in Residence at Bridges Ventures, a U.K.-based private equity investment manager that is entirely dedicated to sustainable and impact investing.  He is a respected education leader, business manager and social entrepreneur. More

Lou Pugliese, Board Member

Lou Pugliese

Board Member

Lou is currently Senior Innovation Fellow at Arizona State University and Managing Director of the Teaching and Learning Action Lab. Previously, Lou was President of Quantum Thinking and Senior Fellow for Saylor Academy. Over the past twenty years, he has developed a strong track record managing growth stage businesses and acquiring and developing numerous education enterprises. More

Kris Clerkin

Board Member

Kris is Managing Director at Volta Learning Group. Volta Learning Group is a consulting and advisory firm that catalyzes new learning models in postsecondary education. Kris was the founding Executive Director of College for America (CfA) at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). More

Education Design Lab Advisers

Phil Auerswald, AdviserPhil Auerswald, PhD

Philip Auerswald is an associate professor at the School of Public Policy and (for 2013-2014) the Presidential Fellow at George Mason University. More

Ryan Craig

University Ventures Co-Founder Ryan Craig’s commentary on “where the puck is going” in higher education regularly appears in Forbes, EdSurge, Inside Higher Education, TechCrunch and VentureBeat, among others. He is the author of College Disrupted: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). More

Jeffrey Selingo, AdviserJeffrey Selingo

Jeffrey Selingo, an author, columnist, and speaker, has spent his journalism career covering the business of colleges and universities worldwide. Jeff’s work focuses on innovation in higher education and how students, parents, and employers should value one of the biggest purchases in life, the college degree. More

Kevin Clark, Board MemberKevin Clark, PhD

Professor at George Mason University and current Director for the Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity, Kevin brings a host of online and digital learning experience to Education Design Lab. More

Erica Estrada, AdviserErica Estrada

A Levinthal Fellow and lecturer in 2008 and 2009 at Stanford University’s esteemed school of design, Erica has worked on a variety of teams including one which redesigned the shifting experience for Volkswagen — developing a foot-operated gear-shifting system for concept vehicles. More

Oltac Unsal, AdviserOltac Unsal

As a Senior Advisor to the World Bank, Oltac has designed a World Bank angel co-investment fund and a technical assistance facility that creates or enhances angel networks, increases the “investability” of developing world tech entrepreneurs through an incubator and mentoring ecosystem. More

Tyler Cowen, AdviserTyler Cowen, PhD

Tyler Cowen is Holbert L. Harris Professor of Economics at George Mason University and also Director of the Mercatus Center. More

Raymond Rahbar, AdviserRaymond Rahbar

Raymond is CEO and Founder of UberOffices, a shared office space for early-stage technology and creative companies in the Washington, D.C.metropolitan area. More