Howdy! I’m Lauren Michell Rabaino (Michell is my middle name. It’s pronounced like Michelle. My last name is Rah-bay-no). I’m currently the product manager for The Verge, a Vox Media brand. There, I make sure the ship sails smoothly, aligning goals of the editorial and product teams to do kickass storytelling.
Previously, I was the news applications editor at The Seattle Times. And before that, I worked as a product designer for Publish2 and a UI designer for Spot.us. I’ve also worked as the creative director for CoPress and the designer on Jay Rosen’s Press Think.
I’d like to think I bring an entrepreneurial mindset to what I do in newspapers, with a focus on getting products to market quickly, using open source software, innovating rapidly, and tying it all together with solid design, data and community engagement.
Outside of journalism, I can be found on the golf course, curled up with a Kindle, mushroom foraging in the woods, addictively browsing Reddit, or working on an awesome food app called Fork.
I am a California girl at heart– born and raised in Porterville, Calif., went to college in San Luis Obispo, Calif., then lived in Los Angeles. These days I find myself up the I-5 a few states in beautiful Seattle, Washington where there are actually seasons and, occasionally, snow!
I am a learner, a teacher, helper and a giver — and I love what I do.