Morgan Vien, MA
Founder and CEO of Design for Emergence
Morgan Vien, MA is a leader, a learner, and designer. Her current suite of work includes serving as the CEO of Design for Emergence, a Design Facilitator with the K12 Lab at the d.school at Stanford University, and Liberatory Design Faculty for the National Equity Project.
In recent years Vien has been a Deeper Learning Coach with Envision Learning Partners, School Retool Coach with IDEO, and a Mira Fellow, where she learned to incubate world changing ideas. Prior to this chapter she was the principal of an arts-integration, expeditionary learning school, called ASCEND, in Oakland, and served as a Founding Teacher in Oakland’s New Small Autonomous Schools movement.
Vien works at the intersection of equity and design to transform systems. She believes that more equitable outcomes for all stakeholders are possible when we take a human-centered approach to the ways we work, and when we design for complexity. By building strong teams and using design thinking, she works to cultivate the conditions for sustainable innovation and change-making.
Vien has MAs in Educational Leadership & Administration and Developmental Education from UC Berkeley. She loves getting outside with her family and dogs. She can be found hiking, camping, and traveling whenever possible.