Laura Walker McDonald

Technology, strategy, social impact

I help organizations use technology in principled and impactful ways to support their mission, drawing on ten years' global experience in technology, social change work, and entrepreneurship.

I specialize in how technology works - or doesn't - for the most vulnerable, and what happens when organizations try new things. Mostly, I help people understand and solve problems together. To do this, I lean on ideas and methodologies from humanitarian aid and development, applied research, software product management and human-centred design, to create spaces people can think and collaborate in.  And I lead close-knit and high-performing teams.

I've lived in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Kenya. I now live in Washington, DC, with my husband and daughter and our crazy yellow lab. I love to grow things, read things, and host chaotic but delicious feasts.

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Selected writing

An experienced speaker and writer, I advocate for inclusive technology, evidence-based decision-making, effective philanthropy in social change tech, and ethics and responsible data. You can read many of my blog posts on my Medium profile. Selected bibliography and recordings appear below:

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Recent blog posts