With 10+ years experience in design thinking, Leah pulls from her hybrid background in design, behavioral science, systems science, and storytelling to map solutions to wicked problems and drive epic change. As an experience-based researcher, strategist, and designer, she’s driven innovation and galvanized teams for Microsoft, XBox, Intel, Cisco, Leatherman, Toyota, Jive, Puppet Labs, Mercy Corps, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, HP, Torch AR, and others. She is currently the CEO of Because Human, Inc., an experience strategy firm in Portland, Oregon.  When not delivering Keynote speeches or writing best-selling poetry books, Leah loves teaching at PSU and playing with her 13-year-old son and 3-year-old Bernese Mountain dog.

Harper's Playground is a perfect example of the amazing possibilities that can come about when design meets community. It's impossible not to see the collaboration and empathy behind the planning process when you see the parks first hand—if only in number of discoveries, diversity of laugher, and quality of imaginary adventures.

Leah Davidson