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Damian Ewens

Learning Designer
Damian Ewens is a career educator and ocean adventurer with a passion for helping all people create lives of purpose and meaning. For 20 years, Damian has taught in, launched, and led inclusive learning communities, non-profits, and tech start-ups that create opportunity for all. Now, Damian brings his expertise to companies, schools, and learning leaders to increase awareness, inclusion, and impact for their initiatives. In his work and life, he is passionate about connecting communities facing barriers to the life-changing power of relationships across lines of difference, mindfulness, and the ocean.

Most recently, Damian was the founding director of Opportunity@Work’s national Learning Lab. In this role, he led the team that launched the first TechHire ‘Opportunity Marketplace’, an inclusive labor market designed so that all Americans can work, learn, and earn to their full potential in a dynamic economy. From 2011-2015, Damian was the Co-Founder and CEO of Achievery, one of the world’s first digital credentialing companies which supported the verification of new and emerging global skills credentials. Prior to Achievery, Damian was the founding Director of the Hub, the high school initiative of the Providence After School Alliance, where he led the development of the first system in the United States where high schoolers earned school credit and digital credentials for experiences outside of school. He spent 6 years teaching in grades 6-12th including at one of the first Big Picture Learning schools. After teaching, he worked closely with the founders of Big Picture Learning in development, communications, and school start-ups. As the school system scaled internationally, he led Big Picture Learnings’ international conference Personalization and Real-World Learning and coached new teachers and principals.

He holds a Master of Arts in Education (Teaching of Mathematics) from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Santa Clara University. He sits on the Board of Trustees for the Gordon School and The Steel Yard. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife, the documentary and portrait photographer Stephanie Alvarez Ewens. Together with their two daughters, they enjoy surfing and exploring the ocean year round.

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