Our story

Who we are

Praxis Labs was founded by women of color. As a diverse team, we bring our lived experiences and unique perspectives to bear as we seek to build the most efficacious and impactful learning experiences.

Our Values

What we strive for

Be Brave

We take initiative and are unafraid to fail and learn.

Be Generous

We show we care with time, feedback, and spirit.

Be Open-minded

We seek out diverse perspectives and ideas.

Be Vocal

We use our voices to share openly and honestly.

Be Curious

We try new things and ask for help.

Be Praxis

We are impact, results, and data-driven.

I’m brought to this work through my family’s immigration stories and their journey to re-build their communities. By celebrating differences, I hope we can create workplaces and structures that allow all of us to belong and thrive.
Heather Shen,
Co-founder &
Chief Product Officer

My parents’ fight for educational equity is what has inspired me to fight for access and opportunity. Our systems and structures should allow us all to thrive in our workplaces and in the places we frequent everyday — that’s why I do this work.

Elise Smith,
Co-Founder &
Chief executive Officer

Our Team

Annie Snyder
Annie Snyder
(she/her/hers)
Lead Learning Scientist
Annie Snyder
Annie Snyder
(she/her/hers)
Lead Learning Scientist
To me, there is nothing more important than ensuring that all current and future generations have the opportunity to learn, grow, work, and thrive - while staying true to their authentic selves.
Bracey Smith
Bracey Smith
(he/him/his)
Senior Experience Designer
Bracey Smith
Bracey Smith
(he/him/his)
Senior Experience Designer
To experience, we must perceive and remember our perception. We will never remember any perception of dying. So maybe it would be better to live like we will never experience death.
Camille Richardson

Camille Richardson

(she/her/hers)
Customer Success Manager
Camille Richardson

Camille Richardson

(she/her/hers)
Customer Success Manager
I’m doing my part to push against systemic inequities and move towards a safer and more vibrant society. We’re finding new ways to help people build empathy, mindfulness and grow as inclusive leaders. I’m lucky to grow alongside a passionate and brilliant team everyday - what more could you ask for?
Caryssa Perez
Caryssa Perez
(they/them/their)
Senior Software Engineer
Caryssa Perez
Caryssa Perez
(they/them/their)
Senior Software Engineer
A lot of software is bullshit. I want to use my skills to actually make a difference in the world.
Christopher Sewell
Christopher Sewell
(he/him/his)
DEI Learning and Research Specialist
Christopher Sewell
Christopher Sewell
(he/him/his)
DEI Learning and Research Specialist
Closing opportunity gaps has been at the heart of the work that I have been doing since college. Creating inclusive and equitable workplaces where the increasingly diverse next generation can thrive brought me to Praxis.
Emerson Prager
Emerson Prager
(he/him/his)
Customer Success Manager
Emerson Prager
Emerson Prager
(he/him/his)
Customer Success Manager
I’m driven by the opportunity to have a positive impact on the problems in the world around me. I see Praxis Labs as a catalyst for moving workplaces and society to a more equitable space, and am thankful I get to spend my time and energy focusing on this goal alongside truly passionate clients and teammates.
Hessvacio Hassan
Hessvacio Hassan
(he/him/his)
VR developer
Hessvacio Hassan
Hessvacio Hassan
(he/him/his)
VR developer
I want to make interactive works that can make people a version of themselves. At Praxis Labs, I work with a fantastic team to bring worlds to life that ask the tough questions about equity and inclusion.
Iuliana Preotu
Iuliana Preotu
(she/her/hers)
Technical artist
Iuliana Preotu
Iuliana Preotu
(she/her/hers)
Technical artist
I'm brought to work at Praxis Labs through my experiences as an immigrant who came to this country as a young adult and had to learn the language, culture, and how to succeed in America. I'm brought to work through my experience as the mother of a special needs child with amazing superpowers, who I'd very much like to be afforded the same opportunities as anyone else. I get to shape the future here, at Praxis Labs!
Joe Deleeuw
Joe Deleeuw
(he/him/his)
Senior Software Engineer
Joe Deleeuw
Joe Deleeuw
(he/him/his)
Senior Software Engineer
It’s my goal to create experiences that optimize for readability, accessibility, and foster a sense of inclusion.
Kimiko Muwanguzi
Kimiko Muwanguzi
(she/her/hers)
VR Developer
Kimiko Muwanguzi
Kimiko Muwanguzi
(she/her/hers)
VR Developer
I want to encourage empathy and appreciation for one another’s differences and perspectives. I want to help set a trajectory against systematic inequality and towards a future where diversity is celebrated. At Praxis Labs I get to use VR to create things with some of the most amazing humans while doing just that!
Na Chen
Na Chen
(she/her/hers)
VR Experiential Designer
Na Chen
Na Chen
(she/her/hers)
VR Experiential Designer
I'm tired of being the only Asian/woman/immigrant in the room and feeling like an imposter. I'm here at Praxis to build a community where we can choose empathy, reject hate, and honor the differences and dignity of others.
Olive Farrell
Olive Farrell
(she/her/hers)
Senior VR Developer
Olive Farrell
Olive Farrell
(she/her/hers)
Senior VR Developer
I’m just excited to be able to use my game development skills for good! With the current state of the games industry, it can be difficult to find meaningful work, or even work that just doesn’t involve predatory, exploitative practices. I feel incredibly privileged to have this opportunity to not just avoid those aspects of the industry, but to be involved with something that could actually have a positive impact on people’s lives.
Rafael Maldonado
Rafael Maldonado
(he/him/his)
Director of Engineering
Rafael Maldonado
Rafael Maldonado
(he/him/his)
Director of Engineering
I want to use my skillset to create a world that’s equitable for all, not some.
Safiya Castel
Safiya Castel
(she/her/hers)
DEI Curriculum Lead
Safiya Castel
Safiya Castel
(she/her/hers)
DEI Curriculum Lead
I was brought to this work because I wanted to help reimagine and reconstruct a world where I and others who have been historically marginalized and excluded could feel safe. I think VR has the potential to be a powerful vehicle for telling stories that challenge the status quo, call out injustice, and point to new solutions. I’m excited to be part of a team committed to figuring out how to best use this tool for social good.
Sam Levine
Sam Levine
(he/him/his)
Lead VR Developer
Sam Levine
Sam Levine
(he/him/his)
Lead VR Developer
Letting people embody others to make for more impactful learning is one of the best possible use cases for VR. Having built up VR skills for half a decade, I couldn't possibly turn down such an amazing opportunity to use them for good.
Tianxu Zhou
Tianxu Zhou
(she/her/hers)
Interactive Engineer
Tianxu Zhou
Tianxu Zhou
(she/her/hers)
Interactive Engineer
I used to believe I enjoyed being invisible as a typical introvert; however, most of the time, I didn’t have a choice but to adapt to the environment and survive silently. Everyone deserves to be seen, valued and appreciated. I’m grateful that at Praxis, I can help create more inclusive and welcoming workspaces with no more “outsiders".
Ugochi Ofoha
Ugochi Ofoha
(she/her/hers)
Senior Software Engineer
Ugochi Ofoha
Ugochi Ofoha
(she/her/hers)
Senior Software Engineer
I want to create a world that I want to live in. Leveraging VR to build empathy and teach others is fascinating and I’m excited to be in this space. I’m happy that I can use my skills for the greater good.
Vi Quach
Vi Quach
(she/her/hers)
Senior Product Designer
Vi Quach
Vi Quach
(she/her/hers)
Senior Product Designer
My father and I escaped from Vietnam in the hopes that our family would have a better future. I’m grateful for the opportunities and privileges to be here. I also personally know the struggles and sacrifices that people like me experience to achieve the “American Dream”. As a way of giving back, I want to be a part of the effort to ensure that everyone, not just some, has the resources and opportunity to achieve their dream.

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If you believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion is key to the success of any company or organization and want to work to make a more inclusive society a reality, we want you to join us. Learn more about available roles below.

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