Ayaka Okawa

Research Associate

In addition to being the team’s go-to person for questions about user experience, Ayaka uses her analytical skills to support the Research Team with a variety of work, including conducting literature reviews, collecting and analyzing data, and supporting program evaluation efforts. She also has a knack for qualitative research and coming up with creative recommendations.

At AnLar, Ayaka currently supports the evaluation of the quality and curriculum content of WSU Tech’s online-hybrid courses by developing and implementing rubrics and protocols as well as conducting research and analysis for the National Center for Education Statistics. Prior to coming to AnLar, she was an administrator at a variety of independent schools for over five years, and led the effort to diversify the schools’ student bodies through admission practices. Most recently, she conducted user experience research as a research fellow at an edtech start-up in Silicon Valley, often advocating for design solutions that meet teachers’ needs. Ayaka holds a M.A. in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies from the Stanford Graduate School of Education and a B.A. from Bowdoin College in Psychology.

Ayaka is a fantasy and science fiction enthusiast and is always “stuck” on a series of epic fantasy novels in audiobook form. While not a dedicated hobbyist, she will say yes to yoga, board games, food adventures, rom-coms, and sailing. An enthusiastic yes is for dog-sitting.

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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