Stephanie Nguyen


Consumer Reports Civic Science Fellow



Stephanie T. Nguyen is a designer and researcher focused on the intersections of human-centered design, public interest technology, and data privacy. Her work and research aims to empower industry practitioners to translate data privacy policy into actionable designs and use those insights to inform effective federal tech policy for marginalized and vulnerable populations. She is currently at the U.S. Digital Service under the Biden Administration helping to reunify migrant unaccompanied children at the southern border. Stephanie is an appointed member of the IEEE’s Global Advisory Council on Children and Youth Experiences and is leading global policy research and initiatives to design more trustworthy, age-appropriate and privacy-protecting experiences for children online and offline. She was previously a research scientist at MIT Media Lab focused on privacy tech policy and design.

Stephanie conducts global field research and usability testing for citizen-facing technology and services. She led user experience and design for projects in healthcare with the National Institutes of Health’s million-person genome project and Johns Hopkins’ Precision Medicine team. At U.S. Digital Service under the Obama White House, she led design work at the Departments of Education, State, and Health and Human Services. In industry, she worked with Google X’s Project Loon, an initiative to increase internet accessibility to rural and remote communities.

Stephanie manages her own independent design + research consultancy, working with domestic and international clients. She was a 2017–19 Gleitsman Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, focused on public interest technology.