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Anna Xu

Anna Xu is a design strategist, versed in design research, service design, and strategy. She contributes content expertise in applied behavioral sciences, global health, and social entrepreneurship. At ChangeLabs, she applies systems design and innovation methodologies to help organizations solve complex social, economic, and environmental challenges.

She has worked as a service designer for Tipping Point Community’s T Lab, Noora Health, and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), designing services for the U.S.’s low-income communities, rural patients in southern India, and urban refugees in Latin America. In addition, she brings experiences from poverty alleviation organizations, such as Partners In Health (PIH) and Stanford University’s Rural Education Action Project (REAP).

Anna’s perspective on human behavior is enriched by her expertise in the behavioral sciences. Previously, she conducted clinical neuroscience research at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and at Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI), investigating human cognition (e.g., visual perception, language learning) and the brain structures underlying these functions, and developing new methods for analyzing multimodal neuroimaging data.

She earned a BS in Neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and an MA in International Policy Studies and Global Health from Stanford University.