SL Rao is a system designer, researcher and strategist with over 10 years of experience across a variety of sectors such as tech, philanthropy, global health and government. She currently utilizes her skills to (re)design historically racist and oppressive systems such as foster care, juvenile justice, housing b co-designing with lived experts.
Her expertise includes end-to-end innovation and design expertise including user experience, design strategy and design research.
Her practice grounded in the practice of trauma informed design research, targeted universalism, co-design and complex systems theory. She is a strong proponent of evolving the design practice to be anti-racist, decolonized and systems thinking oriented.
She has cross-cultural experience having worked across geographies and lived experience in the global South.
She is an avid tea brewer, outdoor enthusiast and is passionate about mentoring youth and women of color.