Kendra Leith is MIT D-Lab Associate for Director for Research.
She oversees and coordinates the D-Lab research team and implements research on participatory design and conducts user and market research studies. She also co-leads the Lean Research program.
Kendra first joined D-Lab in 2006. During this time, she organized the first International Development Design Summit and led student trips to India. Kendra went on to MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning and received a master’s degree in City Planning.
In 2011, after a period working at the Institute for International Urban Development, she returned to D-Lab to help shape and oversee user and market research for individual D-Lab Scale-Ups projects and establish an evaluation strategy for several programs including the Scale-Ups Program and the Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation.