Rebecca Michelson is a strategic partnerships lead and design-researcher for social impact initiatives. She is passionate about practicing and improving participatory design and design-thinking, with good doses playfulness and qualitative research. She's iterated on this approach on projects spanning media literacy game development to civic media network building and NGO capacity building workshops.

Trained in Cultural Anthropology at University of California Davis, Becky uses applied ethnography to bridge technology and community-building. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the ACM's Human Factors in Computing Systems. She has facilitated dozens of games and design-thinking strategy sessions for leadership with: the United Way, Greenpeace, the Participatory Budgeting Project, and and the Office of Science and Technology Policy under the Obama Administration. She managed the production of  The Public Engagement Roadmap - a suite of creative planning resources for cities and governments.

Currently, Becky is the Program Manager for the “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck” research, hackathon, and Policy Summit. 

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Located —
Boston, MA

Group keynote, at the  Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon and Paid Family Leave Policy Summit . April 2018, MIT Media Lab