Adam Fivenson

Director of Data, Development Technology, and Innovation

Adam Fivenson joined InterAction as Director of Data, Development Technology, and Innovation. He is a human-centered design specialist and innovation strategist whose work spans the intersection of technology, data, and international development. His approach to design is centered on participatory approaches to institutional behavior change in the international development sphere.

Prior to joining InterAction, Adam led the design and development of the award-winning MiMuni transparency and citizen engagement platform in Guatemala through the USAID Nexos Locales project, and led replication of the tool to Kabul and four other Afghan municipalities through the USAID SHAHAR project. He has led ethnographic design research missions on four continents, countries around the globe, exploring the impact of new technology and changing information flows, and has trained Cambodian social entrepreneurs and civil society organizations in lean approaches to innovation, user research, and design through the USAID Development Innovations project.

Adam’s work has been featured on This is HCD and ICTWorks. Elsewhere, Adam teaches lean approaches to human-centered design for international development at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, co-hosts D.C.’s Technology for Democracy Happy Hour and co-hosts the Human-Centered Design for Development Meet-up group in DC.

He has a master’s degree in international relations from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Michigan. Adam lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and daughter.