Kara DeFrias

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Kara’s background is a mix of private and public sector experience, including Director of UX for Vice President Biden in the Obama White House. She currently champions small businesses and the self-employed as Chief of Staff on the QuickBooks team at Intuit. Prior, Kara received an appointment to the first class of Presidential Innovation Fellows, where she served as entrepreneur in residence, reimagining the relationship between government and the people from a technology perspective. She was senior advisor at 18F, TEDxIntuit founder, TurboTax UXer, and worked on the Oscars and Super Bowl.

Kara does pro-bono digital strategy for the likes of Team Rubicon; spent 10 days in rural India teaching micro-entrepreneur women human centered design; and guest lectures Stanford, George Washington University, Haas Business School at Berkely, and at UC San Diego STEM Academy for high school girls. She graduated summa cum laude from Penn State with a masters in instructional design, and was San Diego Woman of the Year finalist.

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