Speaking to a graphic design class about responsive design that the WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism in 2013. (Photo by Alex Wilson)

Lecturing a graphic design class at the WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism in 2013. (Photo by Alex Wilson)

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 learner, a teacher, helper and a giver — and I love what I do.