Ada Zhou

User Experience Research Associate

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Ada Zhou

User Experience Research Associate

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Ada is a user experience researcher who is passionate about conducting research to improve key services, products, and processes for all. She found the field of user research through combining her love of stories, design, and analysis. Ada is skilled in identifying research questions, conducting user interviews, uncovering insights with affinity diagramming, and working with cross-functional teams. Previously, Ada worked at the intersections of public service, technology, and research. She was selected as a Civic Innovation Corp Fellow working to improve California services with design and technology. Ada has also co-led a National Science Foundation-funded initiative connecting academic researchers with governments to work on collaborative projects tackling community needs.

Recently, she has been reading and watching a lot of stories focused on identity formation and community-building. You can find her talking her friend's ears off about the incredible films/comics/books/theater/poetry she's recently seen. Since the dawn of time, she has been trying to start a band and learn the bass guitar.

Path that led you to UX

My first exposure to the range of human experiences was when I moved from a small farming village to the Big Apple when I was young, and it blew my mind.

Biggest influences

The communities that raised me.

What you ultimately want to accomplish

Building a more just, equitable, and empathetic society.

Can’t live without

Copious amounts of tea.

Alternative universe career(s)

Running a café that is a bookstore, community-maker space, and detective agency.

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