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Lauren is an international designer, researcher, and advocate–born and raised from a hard-working family in the Midwest of the US. Through her roots and travels, she is driven by the intention of co-creating with communities; to shape technology in more inclusive ways.

She currently serves as a Senior Designer at Google Maps, working with a global team. Her work has taken her across 6 continents, where she listens and designs with local communities to make maps more accessible and relevant for their cities. She recently led the redesign of Google Maps navigation for motorbikes, now launched across India, Southeast Asia, and Kenya. Her work has been featured by Forbes and The New York Times.

Prior to Google, she studied design at SCAD, co-published a book that documented a neighborhood in Hong Kong, and designed experiences for The Gates Foundation, P&G, Citizen Schools, and more.

She also serves as a volunteer at Neighborhood House, building community with immigrants and refugees in Seattle, as they navigate the complexities of the US citizenship process. She has helped over 50 people from all the world become US citizens.

She currently lives in Seattle, but often travels, listens, and teaches around the world.

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