Liz Barry

Co-founder and Director of Community Development, The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science

Liz Barry
Co-founder and Director of Community Development at the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (, and Co-Founder and Co-Director of TreeKIT (, Liz Barry develops tools and methods for collaborative research and advocacy. Barry holds degrees in landscape architecture and urban design, and teaches at Columbia University as well as Parsons the New School for Design. She is a 2015 GovLab Academy Citizen Science Coach, a 2012-2014 Fellow of the Design Trust’s Five Borough Farm project, and speaks internationally on the subjects of peer production and urban environmental management. Her previous work ranges from planning international new cities in the Wall Street office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, to coordinating youth urban agriculture enterprise at the Durham Inner-city Gardeners (DIG). Her formative experiences include traveling around the country to catalyze interaction among strangers with a “Talk To Me” sign – a project that received international press including the New York Times, AP, CNN, Oprah and NPR’s This American Life. She co-runs a hackerspace in Brooklyn and likes to play outside.
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