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Marta Urquilla

Chief Program Officer

Marta is Chief Program Officer at the Education Design Lab, directing the creation of new education models toward the future of work. Working with the Lab’s education designers and a network of education institutions, foundations, industry partners, ed-tech entrepreneurs, and nonprofits, Marta leads efforts to grow the Lab’s focus areas and transform design insights into scalable solutions that promote equity and achieve impact for non-traditional learners.

Marta brings 25 years of experience working across sectors to build community solutions and advance results-oriented policy approaches to improve lives. Previously, she was Deputy Director at the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University, where she helped grow and manage the center over its first five years and led work on policy innovation and systemic approaches to achieve scale of outcomes-focused solutions.

Under President Obama, Marta served as Senior Policy Advisor in the inaugural White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation and as Senior Advisor for Social Innovation at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), where she designed and implemented the first Social Innovation Fund in the U.S. Government, a model adopted across federal agencies. Her work in government focused on evidence-based policy, Pay for Success, and public-private partnerships to maximize public resources and drive investment in effective solutions for social problems. She served on the advisory board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation and on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team as a member of the Technology, Innovation and Government Reform working group.

An Echoing Green Fellow, Marta is a social entrepreneur with extensive experience creating and leading initiatives at the local and national level. Her work in the social sector includes designing programs to bridge low-income youth and communities to the digital economy, to promote public health through grassroots organizing and policy change, and to build the capacity of girls and young women of color to be creative agents of change. Marta graduated from Duke University with degrees in Literature and Visual Arts. She currently serves on the advisory board of Green Schoolyards America and lives in Washington, DC.