Caraleigh Holverson is a cofounder and research director of Policy Design Lab and oversees business operations and client deliverables. Working at the intersection of research and policy, she specializes in producing rapid, deep-dive research that provides valuable insight on complex issues. She has 10 years' experience developing solutions for government agencies, nonprofit organizations, academia, and private companies on a wide range of issues -- including federal innovation policy, international development, and state and local legislation. Previously, Caraleigh servedas a senior policy analyst for a state senator and also worked at Ashoka's Youth Venture with young social entrepreneurs. A Harry S Truman and Jack Kent Cooke Scholar, she is a graduate of Georgetown University and George Mason University. Her own research interests include collaborative networks, innovation in public service, and the policy design process.
Cofounder and Executive Director
Philip Auerswald is an associate professor of public policy at George Mason University and is a cofounder of Policy Design Lab. He is also a cofounder and coeditor of Innovations, a quarterly journal about entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges and the academic director of the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network, an initiative of the Kauffman Foundation. His most recent books are The Code Economy: A Forty-Thousand-Year History and The Coming Prosperity: How Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the Global Economy. In June 2013 he led the launch of the National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, an organization dedicated to using the National Mall in Washington DC as a platform to celebrate and support entrepreneurship and innovation.
Auerswald has blogged and written op-eds for Harvard Business Review, Forbes, The International Herald Tribune, and The San Francisco Chronicle; has been quoted in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and Slate; and has interviewed on CBS News Sunday, NPR, and Fox, among other outlets. From 2010 to 2013 he was an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative, focusing on job creation and market-based solutions.
Research Associate and Managing Editor of Innovations Online
Sharon Benzoni is the managing editor of Innovations Online. A journalist, researcher and consultant, she has worked on a wide range of projects with non-profits and businesses. As a journalist for Next City magazine, she documented the urban informal economy in Accra, Ghana as part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Informal City Dialogues. As a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Ghana, she studied the creative economy and urban entrepreneurship. She served as Executive Director of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities. She has also contributed to research on climate change and intergenerational justice as part of the Vermont Law School and University of Iowa Center for Human Rights Climate Legacy Initiative. She holds a B.S. in environmental science from theniversity of Iowa.