Hi, I’m Laura.
I’m a multi-faceted design researcher with passions for creative learning environments, global development, participatory cultures, art and the open web.
Currently, I work at the International Rescue Committee (IRC)’s Research and Development lab, the Airbel Center. Our mission is to design and test life-changing, scalable solutions for people affected by crisis. I lead the Dandelion project, with the goal to create innovative learning and teaching experiences for increasing Social Emotional Learning skills. You can read more about our projects here.
Prior to joining the IRC, I led the Mozilla Foundation’s research efforts where I conducted product design research, ran a multifaceted ethnographic study in 7 countries, and created and ran an experimental year long study of 200 first-time smartphone users in Kenya called the Digital Skills Observatory. In this role, I also was a community manager, curriculum designer, prototyper, fundraiser and avid glitter distributer.
I have also been involved in multiple One Laptop Per Child projects. I spent 3 years designing and implementing a learning program in Madagascar, as well as working in Haiti and Jamaica with an incredible community of smart and passionate people.