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Lauren is an international designer and researcher; 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 and relevant ways.

She currently serves as a Lead Designer at Google Maps, working with a global team. Her work has taken her across 6 continents, where she listens and co-creates 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 and co-creation approach 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 teaches courses around the world. This work demonstrates research and design methods for becoming awakened to our own biases when shaping a product; enabling more growth and opportunity for organizations seeking to expand to new markets 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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