Executive Director - Jason Pace
Jason spent 15 years at Microsoft focusing on human-computer interaction, user experience design and game development. He was recently a Creative Director and Lead Producer for the Halo franchise on Xbox, dividing his time between developing new intellectual property with external studios and leading internal projects to grow the franchise in new directions. Prior to Jason’s work on Halo, he led the product design teams for Microsoft Casual Games, focusing on game design, social features and metagame development. Jason is especially passionate about developing new talent and finding opportunities to apply game design principles to other educational environments.
In addition to Jason’s decade in the games industry he has a long history of connected experience design, with an emphasis on user experience and human-computer interaction. His interest in HCI initially attracted him to game design and has drawn him to projects that present unique interaction challenges. Jason is excited to bring his experience to DFL. He looks forward to working with students to grow their professional skills, and to working with faculty to explore ways for game design to support pedagogy and student learning.
Program Coordinator- Aina Braxton
Aina Braxton is the Program Coordinator at the Digital Future Lab. She graduated from the University of Washington Bothell with her B.A. in Law, Economics, and Public Policy and a minor in Human Rights. She has been a performance artist in the greater Seattle area since she was four years old participating in events such as Northwest Folklife Festival, Fremont Street Fair Parade, Tacoma First Night, and various other professional venues.
Her passion for social justice, education, and performance drive her work. She is interested in the overlaps between performance art and digital technology and how new technology can be used as an instrument for education and social justice. At the DFL, she has worked as unit director on an experimental film, overseen a multi-class and multi-vendor public art project, and hosts various human rights advocates as guest lecturers.