As Education Design Lab’s Chief Program Officer, Don is responsible for driving and coordinating the Lab’s design challenge initiatives and building the Lab’s reputation for unique success in human-centered field testing for equitable postsecondary and workforce solutions. Don is a thought and accountability partner for our education designers, helping them meet their goals, push innovation and architecture in our design processes.
Don’s portfolio also includes providing strategic direction for the Lab’s micro-credentialing team, specifically the Lab’s vsbl platform to deliver their dynamic 21st century skills framework and digital badges, which he helped design in his previous role at the Lab.
As CPO, Don is instrumental in identifying strategic partners to amplify the Lab’s designa nd micro-credentialing work and associated products. In addition, Don is responsible for funder deliverables, media dissemination campaigns and success outcomes.
Don is a nationally recognized expert in postsecondary planning and college success. He has an acute understanding of the learner experience, as well as ways in which schools across the K-16 spectrum can develop innovative programs in order to foster learner success and increase economic mobility, especially for those from historically underrepresented populations. He deeply believes in the combination of technology and interpersonal relationships as a means to improve learner outcomes.
Prior to his work at the Lab, Don founded CollegeSnapps, a Washington, D.C. based education technology startup company. He also served as the Director of Education for the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), where he created educational opportunities for high school counselors and college admission professionals including Critical Components, NACAC’s first new conference in over 20 years.
Don began his work as a school counselor and brings his roots in psychology and history of transforming student perspectives and needs into action to the Lab’s design thinking-driven process. Don received his B.A. in Psychology from Boston College and his Master’s of Education in School Psychology from the University of Massachusetts. He makes a point of maintaining his connection to students, through his work directly with students and families on postsecondary planning.