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Lauren is a designer, researcher, and writer. She was born in Flint, Michigan and raised in rural Ohio. Her work has taken her across six continents–where she researches, documents, and shapes technology in ways that are more inclusive, accessible, and mindful of the challenges of our time.

She currently serves as a Design Lead for Google Maps, working with global teams and local communities to make maps more accessible for emerging cities around the world. Her recent work includes co-creating with local communities in Nigeria to map out transit systems in Lagos for the first time, and leading the design of navigation for motorbikes–now launched across 38 countries with 80 million active participants. Her work and inclusive design methods have appeared in Forbes, The New York Times, BBC, and Quartz.

Before Google, she designed experiences for The Gates Foundation, P&G, Citizen Schools, and more. She also co-authored and designed Tilting the Lens, a book that documents the historic preservation of a neighborhood in Hong Kong.

She teaches and consults with teams and students around the world, bringing awareness to how technology can be more mindful of our cultures, our attention, our environment, and our biases. This approach continues to activate more opportunity for teams seeking to sustainably grow or stay relevant in a rapidly changing world.

She is currently based in Seattle, but often travels, by airplane and video chat.

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