Brendan Lake

Director of Learning Design

Dr. Brendan Lake serves as the Director of Learning Design with the National Education Equity Lab. This role involves collaboratively designing and improving learning experiences by leveraging pedagogical research and technology. As a first-generation college student and full Pell-grant recipient from Phoenix, Arizona, his passion and career have centered on providing opportunity and a deep sense of care and community through education.

Since 2011, Brendan has designed and analyzed hundreds of courses using a wide variety of technologies and learning management systems. His past work includes serving as the Director of Digital Learning Initiatives with Arizona State University’s Najafi 100 Million Learners Global Initiative, providing no-cost online courses to learners around the globe in 40 languages, and Assistant Director of Learning Design with ASU’s Universal Learner Courses, working to create more equitable college pathways. He holds four degrees from ASU, including a doctorate, master’s, and bachelor’s degree in music and a fully-online master’s degree in educational technology and learning design. In addition to serving the Ed Equity Lab, Brendan has taught music and student success courses as a faculty member with ASU and the University of Minnesota.

When he’s not designing and developing learning experiences, he loves biking, swimming, soccer, and making music with his family.