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60 community members found.

Esra'a Al Shafei is the founder and executive director of, a network of digital platforms that amplify under-reported and marginalized voices. She is a Director's Fellow at the MIT Media Lab and serves on the board of the Wikimedia Foundation. Previously, she was a Senior TED Fellow, Echoing Green Fellow, and Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow. Esra’a is the recipient of the “Berkman Award” from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society for "outstanding contributions to the internet and its impact on society over the last decade", the Monaco Media Prize, which acknowledges innovative uses of media for the betterment of humanity, and the "Most Courageous Media" award from Free Press Unlimited. In 2014, she received the Human Rights Tulip Prize, awarded annually by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to organizations or individuals that support human rights in innovative ways. She is the 2018 recipient of the Global Trailblazer Award from Vital Voices.

Jos Berens is Data Policy Officer at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ Centre for Humanitarian Data in The Hague. The Centre’s mission is to increase the use and impact of data in the humanitarian sector. The Data Policy work stream is focused on developing processes and practices for how OCHA handles data as the coordinator of humanitarian response. Prior to joining the Centre, Berens organized the International Data Responsibility Group from the Centre for Innovation at Leiden University. He has collaborated and published with various international organizations, universities and think tanks. Berens’ work revolves around the ethical and legal considerations associated with the use of digital data for crisis-affected people. Berens holds an LLM in Public International Law from Utrecht University and a BA in Philosophy of a Specific Discipline from Groningen University.

Lucy Bernholz is a Senior Research Scholar at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS) and Director of the Digital Civil Society Lab. She has been a Visiting Scholar at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and a Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, the Hybrid Reality Institute, and the New America Foundation. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including the annual Blueprint Series on Philanthropy and the Social Economy, the 2010 publication Disrupting Philanthropy, and her 2004 book Creating Philanthropic Capital Markets: The Deliberate Evolution. She is a co-editor of Philanthropy in Democratic Societies (2016, Chicago University Press) and of the forthcoming volume Digital Technology and Democratic Theory. She writes extensively on philanthropy, technology, and policy on her award winning blog, She studied history and has a B.A. from Yale University, where she played field hockey and captained the lacrosse team, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Rahul Bhargava is a researcher and technologist specializing in civic technology and data literacy. He creates interactive websites used by hundreds of thousands, playful educational experiences across the globe, and award-winning visualizations for museum settings. As a Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Civic Media, Rahul leads technical development on projects ranging from interfaces for quantitative news analysis, to platforms for crowd-sourced sensing. He has a special interest in how new technologies are introduced to people in settings focused on learning. Rahul is a drummer and father based in Somerville, MA.

Julie became Director of Ariadne in June 2016.  Prior to that, she was Director of Programmes at the Sigrid Rausing Trust. She worked at the Trust for seven years in a number of capacities, most notably Head of Human Rights, before becoming Director of Programmes in 2014. Before joining the Trust she was Programme Director at the CEELI Institute in Prague, where she was responsible for conducting rule of law-related trainings for judges and lawyers from countries undergoing transition. Previously, she was a Programme Manager for Central and Eastern Europe with the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative, and a Programme Associate at the Henry M Jackson Foundation in Seattle.

Sam is currently the Program Lead at Doteveryone focused on creating a Responsible Technology model for technology professionals. Before Doteveryone, Sam worked in the financial tech industry in Canada, where she worked with C-suite technology executives to implement organizational strategies and transformations driven by new technologies and changing customer and business needs.

David Callahan is founder and editor of Inside Philanthropy. He has written extensively on trends in philanthropy, as well as American culture, public policy and business. David is author, most recently, of The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age. Before launching Inside Philanthropy in 2014, David co-founded Demos, the national think tank, where he held various leadership positions and conducted research on a wide range of issues related to economic and political inequality, as well as writing on moral values, professional ethics and business. Previously, David was a resident scholar at the Century Foundation and managing editor of the American Prospect, the public policy journal.

Stuart Campo is the Team Lead for Data Policy and Senior Fellow at the UN OCHA Centre for Humanitarian Data in the Hague. Stuart is also a Senior Fellow at the NYU Governance Lab (GovLab), where he advises on issues related to data responsibility in public service delivery for children. In 2017 and 2018, Stuart worked as a Researcher with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative's Signal Program on Human Security and Technology. In this capacity, he conducted translational research on humanitarian technologies, standards and ethics. Prior to his work with HHI, Stuart served as the Senior Innovation Deployment Specialist with UNICEF's Global Innovation Center. In this capacity, he led globally on remote and in-country support to UNICEF and partners in the strategic adaptation and deployment of a range of innovative solutions, including real-time information platforms like RapidPro and U-Report. During his tenure at UNICEF (beginning in 2010), Stuart held extended assignments in Madagascar and South Sudan, and supported the design and activation of innovation initiatives in over 35 countries. Stuart has extensive experience supporting the deployment of innovative solutions that bridge the humanitarian-development divide—supporting national system-strengthening for improved decision-making and results for children at scale. Prior to joining UNICEF, Stuart worked with Straight Talk Foundation—a leading health and development communication NGO in Uganda. Stuart studied Politics at Princeton University, and is currently based in the Netherlands.

Kelly Church is an international development practitioner specializing in Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D). Kelly's data initiatives work includes the development of Responsible Data policies and redesign of an information management system in Azraq Refugee Camp; her ICT4D expertise includes consultations with peer organizations with expertise in technology in programs used to create key recommendations for CARE's ICT4D strategy. Kelly served as Project Director at SIMLab from 2014 to 2017. She led project management and implementation of our DFID-funded mobile money project in Kenya. In 2015, Kelly returned to Washington, DC, where she provided technical advice on SIMLab's implementation portfolio, most recently redesigning an Early Warning System in Kenya. Her work centers around effective community and organizational interactions, such as creative two-way communications and feedback mechanisms, and creating methodologies for evidence-based design. Kelly is currently pursuing a MA in Law and Diplomacy at The Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Kevin Clark is a philanthropy consultant, product manager, and composer working to help artists thrive. He served as the Director of Platform at New Music USA, where he continues to consult. Kevin speaks and writes on arts economics, technology in the arts and non-profit worlds, and philanthropy. His compositions use theater, comedy, and digital platforms in combination with acoustic instruments. He serve as a board member for the Live Music Project in Seattle, the Exapno new music community center in Brooklyn, and Con Vivo music in Jersey City. Kevin is a member of Dance/USA‘s technology committee and advises CASH Music.

Rod Clark joined Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) as its CEO in 2013. Prior to that he built a highly successful career in the Civil Service, including a spell as principal private secretary to the Alistair Darling MP. He was involved in planning the merger of the National Offender Management Service into creating the Ministry of Justice, and was Chief Executive of the Civil Service’s internal training organisation, the National School of Government. Rod sat on the expert panel for Dame Sally Coates' review of prison education and also sits on the Reducing Reoffending Third Sector Advisory Group (RR3).

Krysten Crawford is a freelance writer and editor based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Asha Curran is Chief Innovation Officer and Director of the Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y, which was recently named one of the 10 most innovative nonprofits by Fast Company, and a former Non-Resident Fellow at the Digital Civil Society Lab. Asha leads #GivingTuesday, the annual day of giving following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, as well as a portfolio of global, digitally-driven initiatives including 7 Days of Genius, the Social Good Summit, the Ben Franklin Circles, and the Women in Power Fellowship. Asha is the recipient of the 2015 Social Capital Hero Award, was named a 2016 Woman of Influence by New York Business Journals, and is a Forty over 40 Women to Watch honoree. Asha also serves on the board of directors of, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing civil discourse and issues-driven journalism.

Catherine D'Ignazio is an Assistant Professor of Civic Media & Data Visualization in the Department of Journalism at Emerson College, a Senior Fellow at the Emerson Engagement Lab and a research affiliate at the MIT Center for Civic Media/MIT Media Lab. Catherine is currently running the Data Culture Project with Rahul Bhargava to help nonprofit organizations kickstart their data literacy, writing a book about feminist approaches to big data and AI with Lauren Klein, and recovering from the 2018 Make the Breastpump Not Suck Hackathon at MIT (which included the Make Family Leave Not Suck Policy Summit.

Dr Angela Daly is Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in Queensland University of Technology’s Faculty of Law and a research associate in the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (Netherlands). She is a comparative socio-legal scholar of technology and is the author of Socio-Legal Aspects of the 3D Printing Revolution (Palgrave 2016) and Private Power, Online Information Flows and EU Law: Mind the Gap (Hart 2016). She holds a PhD in Law from the European University Institute, which was joint winner of the 2013-2015 Fondazione Calamandrei Frosini prize for best thesis in legal informatics and information law. Prior to QUT, she was previously Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Media and Communications Law at the Swinburne Institute for Social Research.

Rhodri Davies is Head of Policy at Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and author of Public Good by Private Means, a book on the history of British philanthropy published in 2016. Davies leads Giving Thought, CAF’s think tank focusing on current and future issues affecting philanthropy and civil society.

Chris Delatorre is the writer and host of Digital Impact 4Q4, a rapid-fire podcast that answers the who, what, why, and what next for emerging trends in social sector data. Chris joined Digital Impact as editor in 2018 and is leading the relaunch of the Digital Impact community. He is a communications consultant at the nexus of science, technology, and philanthropy, working with organizations and communities of practice to innovate, collaborate, and advance a shared vision of sustainability and equity for a more just and abundant future. At George Mason University, Chris managed editorial for a multimedia resource that earned a model program award from the US Department of Education. At WINGS, a global information broker, Chris launched a comms program for a network of 20K organizations in 40 countries. At TechSoup, he led a team of experts to position the forum as a global resource, as well as a content partner for brands like Microsoft, Adobe, and Box. Chris has contributed to a range of leading-edge publications, including Singularity Hub and Vogue, and worked with the United Nations to promote social good worldwide.

As a policy analyst, Natasha works on data privacy, surveillance, and cybersecurity issues. She is focused on making sure that digital decision-making and surveillance systems promote social justice, civil liberties, and equality. During law school, Natasha worked as a legal intern for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. Natasha holds a J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she served on the North Carolina Law Review Board of Editors, and an M.A. in Mass Communication from the UNC School of Media and Journalism.

Alix Dunn works as a consultant and advisor to organizations in the for-profit and non-profit worlds. She has extensive experience facilitating diverse groups to tackle complex data and technology challenges, and to advance a shared understanding of how technology can and should shape our world. Her consulting firm Computer Says Maybe works  with the private sector  to  build decision-making infrastructure for socially beneficial deployment of emerging technology.   Dunn  also  works with global philanthropic institutions to shape strategic investment in technology and to anticipate the impact that technology can and will have on society.  She is a fellow at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and sits on the Technology Advisory Board of the International Criminal Court, the Advisory Council of the Open Technology Fund, and the boards of Syrian Archive and Open Data Kosovo.   She co-founded and directed The Engine Room, a leading  non-profit  organization leveraging data and technology to make the world a better place. She was  a fellow at Open Society Foundations, and has served on the Technology Advisory Council at Amnesty International, as well as the board of HURIDOCS.

The Engine Room helps activists, organizations, and other social change agents make the most of data and technology to increase their impact. Since 2011, the nonprofit has supported more than 200 organizations, big and small, from every corner of the globe. The Engine Room believes that technology and data have the potential to dramatically accelerate the impact of any group or organization that promotes equality, justice, human rights, good governance, and accountability. The Engine Room was part of the 2016 cohort of Digital Impact grantees for their joint project, the Good Data Collaborative.

Virginia Eubanks is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is the author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the PoorDigital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age; and co-editor, with Alethia Jones, of Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith. Her writing about technology and social justice has appeared in Scientific AmericanThe NationHarper’s, and Wired. For two decades, Eubanks has worked in community technology and economic justice movements. She was a founding member of the Our Data Bodies Project and a 2016-2017 Fellow at New America.

GlobalGiving is the largest global crowdfunding community connecting nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country. We help nonprofits from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe (and hundreds of places in between) access the tools, training, and support they need to be more effective and make our world a better place.

Laura leads communications efforts at The Engine Room, managing our external communications channels, finding the best ways to distill our research and building knowledge externally and internally. Laura is a curious learner and communicator fascinated by technology, international development and grammar rules. Before joining The Engine Room, Laura worked as a consultant to mission-driven organizations, as the Editorial Director of a social enterprise in India, and as program coordinator at the Information Program of Open Society Foundations. You can usually find Laura running around outside, exploring the nooks and crannies of New Orleans or adopting new hobbies.

Tracey Gyateng leads on working with charities to use data (both numbers and words) to support decision making through the use of data science. She also manages strategic projects—with a current focus on data governance and ethics. Previously, she was data labs project manager at New Philanthropy Capital (NPC), helping charities to use government administrative datasets for programme evaluation.

Nick Hamlin is GlobalGiving's Data Scientist. He uses GlobalGiving's data to answer strategic questions, with a special focus on our nonprofit partner data and social impact tracking. In addition to designing and maintaining our GG Rewards algorithm and our fraud protection systems, Nick lives to make GlobalGiving's data accessible, understandable, and actionable for everyone. Prior to joining GlobalGiving through the ProInspire Fellowship, he worked as a reliability consulting engineer for Fortune 500 companies around the world and held NSF research positions in China and Thailand. Nick holds a Masters of Information and Data Science from UC Berkeley’s School of Information as well as a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A. in History from the University of Rochester. Outside the office, he is a proud folk music street performer, amateur haiku poet, and worm farmer.

Jacob Harold is President and Chief Executive Officer at GuideStar. Previously he led grantmaking for the Philanthropy Program at the Hewlett Foundation. Between 2006 and 2012, he oversaw $30 million in grants that, together, aimed to build a 21st-century infrastructure for smart giving. At the beginning of his career, Jacob worked as a climate change campaigner for Rainforest Action Network and Greenpeace USA and as organizing director at Citizen Works. He also worked as a consultant to nonprofits and foundations at the Bridgespan Group and as a climate change strategist for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation based at The Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi, India. Jacob was named to the 2014, 2015, and 2016 NonProfit Times (NPT) Power and Influence Top 50 lists, and currently serves as a term member for the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves on the advisory boards of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Duke University Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, Bright Funds Foundation, and Docusign IMPACT. He is a member of the Digital Impact Leadership Council and a member of the editorial board of the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.

Trista Harris is a passionate advocate for leaders in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. Trista’s work has been covered by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, CNN, Forbes, the New York Times, and numerous social sector blogs. She is also the co-author of the book “How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar” and the upcoming book “FutureGood”. She speaks internationally about using the tools of futurism in the social sector.

Marlena Hartz is the content marketing manager at GlobalGiving, where she fosters, creates, and curates compelling content that informs, inspires, and connects people all over the world. Marlena started telling stories more than a decade ago as a reporter for daily newspapers in New Mexico and Texas. Searching for a way to bridge the gap between her experience in the newsroom and her time in Nepal as a Peace Corps volunteer, Marlena earned her master’s degree in International and Intercultural Communications at the University of Denver. She went on to spread the word about nonprofits with solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems, including Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking, Tahirih Justice Center and, now, GlobalGiving. When she’s not telling stories, Marlena might be found marveling over the mysteries of nature on a hike or trying to capture its essence with paint and canvas.

Justine has a track record of innovative research and collaboration with public and private partners. She became an economist in order to use science to improve people’s lives and impact the world for good. This is reflected in her work which combines economics and big data to solve social problems. She contributes to research in education, retirement policy, household finance, and health, as well as marketing, competition, antitrust, and environmental regulation. She is the founder and director of Research Improving People’s Lives (RIPL), a new interdisciplinary, research lab model for using data and science to impact policy and improve lives. She has served on the Academic Research Council for the United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and on the Council of Economic Advisors to the Governor of Rhode Island.  Justine holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Crystal brings to The Libra Foundation a wealth of domestic and international experience across a broad spectrum of equity-focused issues. For six years, Crystal lived in Singapore where she built bridges between civil society and emerging donors in Southeast Asia to address income inequality and climate change. As managing director of the Aspen Institute’s Environmental Fellowship, Crystal designed a global leadership program focused on the food system’s impact on the environment. Feeding her interest in equitable health care, Crystal was CEO of the Blue Shield of California Foundation where she spearheaded work to achieve universal health coverage. She was also part of the founding team at The California Wellness Foundation where she led a groundbreaking initiative to shift youth violence prevention from a criminal justice issue to a public health effort. She has served on the boards of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, Northern California Grantmakers, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, and Grantmakers in Health. Most recently Crystal was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve on the California State Board of Food and Agriculture. She has also lived and worked in China and Mexico.

Katie Ingersoll is Education Manager at DataArts, formerly the Cultural Data Project (CDP). Katie joined the CDP in 2011 as a Help Desk and User Support Assistant, and stepped into the role of Associate for New York State in 2013. She has worked in a variety of libraries and recently earned a Master of Library Science. The CDP is the perfect environment to satisfy her librarian’s interest in keeping information well organized, as well as serving as a resource to users. Before coming to the CDP she spent a year working with the Prometheus Radio Project on policy advocacy, crunching data and organizing people to create opportunities for more community radio stations. In her free time she dreams of being a writer, and starting her own community radio station someday.

Mari Kuraishi is the President of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, a place-based funder based in Jacksonville, FL. Prior to heading up the duPont Fund, Mari co-founded GlobalGiving with Dennis Whittle, and served as President until 2018. In 2011, Mari was named one of Foreign Policy’s top 100 Global Thinkers for “crowdsourcing worldsaving.” Before GlobalGiving, she worked at the World Bank where she managed and created some of the Bank’s most innovative loans. She currently serves as chair of the board of GuideStar and the board of DataKind, and remains on the board of GlobalGiving. Mari is a member of the Digital Impact Leadership Council.

Josh Levy is Co-Founder of the Center for Digital Resilience and Founder of the Digital Security Exchange, an initiative that connects civil society organizations to trusted digital security experts who help keep vulnerable data and networks safe from exposure, exploitation, and attack. As an advocacy and campaign director with organizations including Free Press and Access Now, he has helped lead global efforts to protect free expression online, fight for privacy and the right to encryption, secure strong open Internet rules, reign in overreaching government surveillance, and otherwise protect the rights of at-risk Internet users. Josh is a former Non-Resident Fellow at the Digital Civil Society Lab.

Ian Lundberg is a Ph.D. student in sociology and social policy at Princeton University. He specializes in statistical methods, social stratification, and demography. Ian is especially fascinated by two sets of assumptions required to answer social science questions: untestable identification assumptions and estimation assumptions that may be relaxed. The former include identification assumptions about treatment assignment, survey nonresponse, missingness, etc. These assumptions are the core of social science, require substantive theory, and are often opaque in published papers. The latter include estimation assumptions such as parametric regression models. Ian's research aims to make transparent the identification assumptions which cannot be weakened and to relax parametric assumptions where possible with flexible models targeted toward a particular estimand. Using this methodological framework, he aims to promote substantive research in social stratification that is transparent, accurate, and clear.

Di Luong is a researcher at the Media Mobilizing Project, where she is developing a national database to increase the transparency of predictive policing algorithms. She previously worked as a policy analyst with USAID and USDA in Washington, DC and with UNICEF in Ghana. Luong received an award from Making All Voices Count’s Global Innovation Competition (2015) and the Ford Foundation/Media Democracy Fund Technology Exchange Fellowship in 2017.

Sean Martin McDonald is CEO of FrontlineSMS, founder of Digital Public, a founding member of the Frontline Legal, Capture the Ocean, and Feedback Labs projects, and a former Non-Resident Fellow at the Digital Civil Society Lab. FrontlineSMS uses the convenience and reach of messaging to improve the reach, efficiency, and value of digital engagement in more than 140 countries. Sean is also an advisor and affiliate with the Clinton Global Initiative, Harvard's Berkman Center, Digital Democracy, ECPAT USA, TechChange and UNDP.

Dan Blah (Daniel Meredith), is the Principal Director of the Open Technology Fund, having joined as the inaugural team member in January 2012. In this role, he is accountable for OTF’s day-to-day operations and long-term planning. Over the past decade, Dan has identified as activist, technologist, journalist, and now funder. He is continually exploring those emerging technological changes that affect and transform how we advance human rights, social justice, democracy, transparency, accountability, digital security, and communication policy in our digital age. Before directing the Open Technology Fund, Dan was a senior producer and technologist for the Al Jazeera Network based in in Doha, Qatar. Leading up to and during the Arab Spring, he worked to modernize traditional investigative journalist tool-kits with safe communication technology to protect field reporters and their sources from repressive surveillance, create a privacy-protecting global whistle-blowing and news gathering platform, and produce technology-centric stories for global television broadcast. Prior to Al Jazeera, Dan was a technologist then senior technology fellow at New America Foundation in Washington, DC. He was the Open Technology Institute’s first full-time staff member in 2009, working to operationalize new “code-as-policy” technology projects with global communities of policy makers, journalists, and technologists. While at OTI, Dan honed his focus to create, educate, demystify, and evangelize open, distributed, and decentralized technologies that increase democratic participation, fight censorship, and disrupted authoritarianism globally. Earlier in the 2000’s, Dan was a software developer, network engineer, and volunteer within the Indymedia movement at Urbana-Champgian’s Independent Media Center. Within the movement, he worked with other local organizers to build: Radio Free Urbana, a low-power FM community radio station; the Champaign-Urbana Community Wireless Network (CUWiN), a decentralized, community-owned network to foster democratic culture and local content; and, an open-source community web hosting project at

Wilneida Negrón is a technology fellow with Ford Foundation's gender, racial, and ethnic justice team. Prior to Ford, Wilneida worked as a political scientist-technologist with a national and global perspective, developing platforms to increase access to justice for vulnerable communities, conducting research on the impact of technology and data on political participation in emerging democracies, and mobilizing multi-stakeholder coalitions to address issues arising from our increasing socio-technical world. Wilneida also works with foundations on developing a public interest technology pipeline, providing mentoring and strategic guidance to private sector technologists looking to use their skills for social good. She's an Adjunct Associate Professor of Political Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice were she teaches courses on human rights and international organizations. She has a PhD in Comparative politics, specializing in social and political implications of emerging technologies in East Asia and Latin America, Masters in Public Administration, and MPhil on International and Global Affairs. She was part of the second cohort of fellows at Data & Society Research Institute and is currently an affiliate fellow there.

María Villalpando believes in the power of Mexican nonprofits to bring dignity to the way people live. In her role as Partnerships Consultant, she helps grow and increase this power to support GlobalGiving’s partners in the region. She graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) with a degree in Sociology and a special focus on poverty studies. María loves to travel and has had the opportunity to work on different community development projects in Laos, Fiji, and Costa Rica. In her free time, you can find her kitesurfing, hurrying somewhere, or finding a way to get to the ocean.

Courtney Pankrat is a writer, editor, and communications manager with a focus on sustainability and the sharing economy. Courtney has written for Shareable, Civil Eats, Sustainable Brands, and the Edible Communities magazines. She earned her Bachelors in Business/ Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and holds a Masters degree in Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. Courtney joined the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society in 2019 as a marketing associate.

Linda Raftree is an independent consultant who has worked at the intersection of community development, gender, youth participatory media, rights-based approaches and digital (ICTs) for nearly 20 years, starting in El Salvador where she spent the 1990s. Linda is an anthropologist by degree and a participant-observer by nature.

Zara is a researcher, writer and linguist who is interested in the intersection of power, culture and technology. She has worked in over twenty countries in the field of information accessibility and data use among civil society. She was the first employee at OpenOil, looking into open data in the extractive industries, then worked for Open Knowledge, working with School of Data on data literacy for journalists and civil society. She now works with communities and organizations to help understand how new uses of data can responsibly strengthen their work. Zara leads research, documentation, and storytelling projects that address the needs of partners and engine room strategic priorities.

Andrés Felipe Vera Ramírez is the strategic director of El Radioperiódico Clarín. As a media entrepreneur and journalist who majored in business administration, he loves connecting knowledge and people. Andrés majored in business administration.

Rashida Richardson is the director of policy research at AI Now Institute, where she designs, implements, and coordinates research strategies and initiatives on the topics of law, policy, and civil rights. Rashida joined AI Now after working as Legislative Counsel at the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), the New York state affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, where she led led the organization’s work on privacy, technology, surveillance, and education issues. Prior to the NYCLU, she was a staff attorney at the Center for HIV Law and Policy, where she worked on a wide-range of HIV-related legal and policy issues nationally, and she previously worked at Facebook Inc. and HIP Investor in San Francisco. Rashida currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project and the Board of Directors of the College & Community Fellowship. She received her BA with honors in the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University and her JD from Northeastern University School of Law.

Heather Noelle Robinson is Program Manager of the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford PACS. She previously worked with non-profit theater and arts organizations as a producer, director, and stage manager, and as a Program Administrator in Stanford’s department of Mechanical Engineering. She has developed and taught curriculum in theatre and design for high school students, and trained as a volunteer sex educator with San Francisco Sex Information. She holds a bachelor’s of fine arts in theatre, and a minor in music, from New York University.

Laura Seaman is Associate Director of the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford PACS, where she oversees the Digital Impact initiative and the Lab's growing portfolio of research projects, fellowships, grants, and publications. The Lab investigates the challenges and opportunities for a thriving civil society in the digital age and engages researchers, practitioners and policymakers across four domains that shape digital civil society: technology, organizations, policy, and norms. Prior to joining the Lab Laura worked at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, the Asia Foundation, the University of Denver and UC Davis.

Sona Shah completed her Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University in 2016, and holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech. She aspires to combine experience in engineering, global health, and the healthcare industry to help innovate medical technologies that serve low-resource settings.

The web is one of our most valuable public resources — it’s Mark Surman’s job to protect it. Mark is Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, a global community that does everything from making Firefox to taking stands on issues like privacy and net neutrality. Mark’s main job is to build the movement side of Mozilla, rallying the citizens of the web, building alliances with likeminded organizations and leaders, and growing the open internet movement. Mark’s goal is nothing short of making the health and accessibility of the internet a mainstream issue around the world. Mark has been doing work like this for 20 years: standing up for open source and putting technology into the hands of everyday people. Mark was the founding Director of, a $26M initiative connecting community technology centers in more than 30 countries. He ran the Commons Group for 10 years, a boutique consulting firm that provided advice and insight on networks, technology and social enterprise to nonprofits and governments around the world. Mark was awarded the prestigious Shuttleworth Foundation fellowship, where he explored how to apply open source approaches to philanthropy in the year before he joined Mozilla.

Gene Takagi is the managing attorney of NEO Law Group, contributing publisher of the Nonprofit Law Blog, and an assistant professor at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. At NEO, Gene has represented over 700 nonprofit organizations on corporate, tax, and charitable trust law matters. Gene is a popular writer on nonprofit legal topics and has been published by The New York Times, The Nonprofit Quarterly, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Nonprofit Times, Taxation of Exempts, EO Tax Journal, and ALI-ABA. He is also a popular speaker who has presented at conferences for Independent Sector, BoardSource, the National Association of Attorneys General / National Association of State Charity Officials, CalNonprofits, Net Impact, the American Bar Association, the Western Conference on Tax Exempt Organizations (WCTEO), Georgetown Nonprofit Governance, the Northern California Planned Giving Council, Social Media for Nonprofits, the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors, and numerous local and regional bar and CPA associations. In addition, Gene has been a regular contributor to Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio since 2010. Gene's professional experiences are diverse: corporate attorney for Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, professor of nonprofit law at the University of San Francisco, director of the medical and behavior divisions of the San Francisco SPCA, management consultant for Allders International (specialty retail), and managing director of Suki's International (beauty/education). This background helps him provide clear, understandable legal advice with an appreciation of the relevant business issues. Gene, a graduate of UCLA School of Law and of USF's Master of Nonprofit Administration program, is a recipient of multiple awards for his work, including Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer (American Bar Association, 2016), Outstanding Barrister of the Year (Bar Association of San Francisco) and Northern California Super Lawyer (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018). He currently serves on the boards of CompassPoint and The Nonprofit Quarterly and the planning committee of the WCTEO. Gene previously served on the boards of Community Initiatives, Net Impact, JCYC, the Barristers Club of the Bar Association of San Francisco, and the public policy committee of Independent Sector.

Maryna Taran has more than five years of multifaceted international experience specializing in community management, cross-cultural communication, crowdsourcing technology and participatory development. Her specialties include communications, participatory international development, open data, data visualizations, crowdsourcing, marketing research, information management, social media, internet advocacy, and product management.

E. Andrew Taylor is a tenured professor in American University’s Arts Management Program in Washington, DC, and chair of the Department of Performing Arts. An author, lecturer, researcher, and consultant on a broad range of arts management issues, Andrew specializes in business model development for cultural initiatives and reflective practice for cultural managers. Prior to joining American University in 2012, he directed the MBA in Arts Administration in the Wisconsin School of Business for over a decade.

Mandeep Tiwana is the chief programs officer at CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance. He specializes in legislation relating to freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly. Since joining CIVICUS in 2008, Mandeep has engaged in efforts to advance civil society participation in decision-making and to protect civil society freedoms globally. He has written extensively on the intersection of civil society, development, and international affairs in this capacity.

Helen Turvey (King) has been at the Foundation for almost a decade, driving the evolution from traditional funder to the current co-investment Fellowship model. She is responsible for the Foundations strategic direction and daily executive leadership. Helen was educated in Europe, South America and the Middle East. With 15 years of experience working with international NGOs and agencies, she is driven by the belief that openness has benefits beyond the obvious. That they offer huge value to education, economies and communities in both the developed and developing worlds. As well as holding various board positions, Helen is a lover of musicals, has smallholding ambitions (currently 3 hens and a seasonal veggie patch) and is the winner of all internal bowling competitions.

Victoria Vrana is Deputy Director of Policy, Systems and Giving by All at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she has worked since 2011. Previously, she served as Vice President, Communications and Assessment at Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP), where she was responsible for the overall internal and external communications and assessment of VPP and its portfolio's performance. Victoria is a member of the Digital Impact Leadership Council.

Laura Walker McDonald helps organizations use technology in principled and impactful ways to support their mission, drawing on ten years' global experience in technology, social change work, and entrepreneurship. Laura specializes in how technology works—or doesn't—for the most vulnerable, and what happens when organizations try new things, leaning on ideas and methodologies from humanitarian aid and development, applied research, software product management and human-centered design, to create spaces people can think and collaborate in.  And she lead close-knit and high-performing teams.

Working at the intersection of investing and social good, Brian Walsh oversees impact for Liquidnet, a New York-based financial technology company. In 2007, Brian launched Liquidnet For Good, where he is responsible for applying the company's expertise and resources to make a positive impact around the world. Brian is a member of the Digital Impact Leadership Council.

Amy Sample Ward is the CEO of NTEN: Nonprofit Technology Network, the membership community for nonprofit professionals who put technology to use to meet their missions. Through strategy building, training, and facilitating, Amy has helped groups in the United States, United Kingdom, and around the world use social and mobile technologies to start creating a better world. She works with organizations of all sizes and all kinds, and truly believes that by creating strong communities we can change our world. In 2013, Amy and Allyson Kapin co-authored Social Change Anytime Everywhere: How to Implement Online Multichannel Strategies to Spark Advocacy, Raise Money, and Engage your Community. In 2009, Amy co-authored Social by Social: A handbook in using social technologies for social impact. She has also contributed to publications about social media and online engagement. Amy is a monthly contributor to Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio and a regular contributor to other online and printed publications. She has worked in private philanthropy, advocacy organizations, international nonprofits, web design companies, and as a consultant.

Robin Wilton brings 28 years of industry experience to the role of Technical Outreach Director for Identity and Privacy, in the Internet Society's Trust and Identity Initiatives group. Since 2001 he has specialized in digital identity, privacy and public policy, building a reputation as a thought leader, communicator and translator between different stakeholder groups. Before joining the Internet Society Robin spent two years as a research analyst in Gartner's Identity and Privacy Strategies team, where – in addition to his privacy work - he specialized in public key infrastructure, electronic signature, single sign-on and federated identity. Robin's experience includes: 12 years with IBM in systems engineering, technical support and consulting roles, at the UK and EMEA level; 3 years as Principal Consultant at JCP Trustbase Ltd., a start-up specializing in Java cryptography and PKI-enabling middleware; 8 years with Sun Microsystems in technical pre-sales and the CTO team; 18 months establishing Future Identity Ltd. as an independent consultancy on privacy and digital identity. During his time at Future Identity he was also Director of Privacy and Public Policy for the Kantara Initiative. Robin has an MA in Philosophy and Modern Languages, and is a Fellow of the British Computer Society with Chartered IT Professional status.

Chris Worman is the vice president of alliances and program development at TechSoup. He has been working in civil society since 1998. Initially focused on communications and development for major US NGOs, Chris pioneered several online fundraising and community-building platforms before social media platforms made it so easy. After the systems were up and running, Chris got bored and joined Peace Corps — landing in Romania in 2006, where he started the first community foundation ( and helped lay the groundwork for the ensuing movement. Over the next few years, Chris started a variety of civic-engagement-through-philanthropy processes and social enterprises before drifting back into the online space with TechSoup. Through TechSoup projects Chris has  worked to design, millions of citizens across Eastern Europe and the Balkans have been exposed to a discussion about the role of the citizen in nominal democracies. Chris is based in San Francisco, where he coordinates TechSoup’s marketing, communications, and PR; tries to build global alliances for tech and social change; and continues teaching and writing about how to best accelerate web-based social leadership, from beautiful ideas to usable apps.

Kaliya "Identity Woman" Young is a co-founder of the Internet Identity Workshop and of HumanFirst.Tech and an independent expert on blockchain and identity systems who consults with governments, companies and startups. An expert in self-sovereign identity and identity on the blockchain, Young (formerly Hamlin) is the co-author of a Comprehensive guide to Self-Sovereign Identity and is widely known as Identity Woman (its also the name of her blog and her twitter handle). She is committed her life to the development of an open standards based layer of the internet that empowers people. In 2005, Young co-founded the Internet Identity Workshop with Doc Searls and Phil Windley. Five years later she founded the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium to catalyze a network of companies working to give individuals the tools to collect, manage and gain value from their own personal data generated actively and passively as they interact with all kinds of digital systems. In 2016 she began the Identity Ecosystem Map project and collaborating in leading its development. She consults with and advises companies seeking to develop products in this ecosystem. She is the co-founder with Shireen Mitchel of HumanFirst.Tech a project focused the needs of diverse communities and building an inclusive industry. Young has been named one of the most influential women in tech by Fast Company Magazine. She has presented keynotes to the MyData, Identiverse and Gartner’s Identity and Access Management Summit in London. She has spoken at, the K(no)w Identity conference, EMMA’s IEES conference, DWeb Summit, European Identity Conference, Gnomedex, Data Week, Privacy Identity and Innovation, NIST’s IDTrust Conference, SXSW and BlogHer. She has been quoted in a range of media including the New York Times, MIT Technology Review, Business Week, and ReadWriteWeb. Young has worked directly with the US Government (NSTIC & DHS S&T) and the Government of British Columbia, and in 2012 she was honored by the World Economic Forum. She was an active contributor to the WEF Rethinking Personal Data Project for its duration 2010-2014.