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Luisa Covaria

Principle Community Designer
Luisa Covaria is the Principal Community Designer for OpenIDEO– IDEO’s open innovation platform. Luisa designs programs and leads projects focused on building social movements. As part of her role to push the boundaries of what is possible, she has designed boot camps, online environments and programs blending online and offline experiences to help early stage entrepreneurs in the social impact space take their initiatives to the next level. Luisa has a passion for working in international development. She has led projects to increase participation of those with no access to the Internet in online challenges and has designed and built in-country networks to empower social entrepreneurs in East Africa and Asia. Before joining OpenIDEO, Luisa worked as a user experience designer for various boutique agencies and NGO’s in New York City, started a social venture to facilitate collaboration and co-creation around pressing social issues and developed programs to empower marginalized communities through participatory filmmaking, from Asia to South America. Luisa graduated with masters in interaction design from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University and a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College. She is the recipient of various social entrepreneurship fellowships such as the Reynolds Fellowship and is part of the United World College scholar program.