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34 community members found.

Lucy Bernholz is a Senior Research Scholar at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and Director of the Digital Civil Society Lab. She writes extensively on philanthropy, technology, and policy on her award winning blog, Philanthropy 2173.

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.

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.

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 theguardian.org, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing civil discourse and issues-driven journalism.

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 a consultant working at the nexus of science, technology, and philanthropy communications, helping communities of practice and teams of all sizes to collaborate better. Chris joined Digital Impact as editor in 2018, after being involved with the community in various capacities since 2013, when it was Markets For Good. At George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Public Health, he managed editorial for COMPASS, a multimedia resource that earned a model program award from the US Department of Education. As the managing editor of WINGS, Chris launched a communications program for a network of 20,000 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, Cisco, and Box. Chris has worked with the United Nations to promote social good worldwide, and has contributed to a range of leading-edge publications and communities, including Singularity Hub and Vogue Italia.

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 is a recovering researcher with a passion for applying creative solutions to difficult problems. She is a hunter and gatherer, identifying data and technology strategies that can empower social change initiatives around the world to maximize their impact and make the most of their resources. She co-founded The Engine Room and leads it to be a nimble organization that provides direct support where, when, and how initiatives need it. She sits on the board of HURIDOCS and the Technology Advisory Council of Amnesty International, and she  is a former Non-Resident Fellow at the Digital Civil Society Lab. She plays a mean game of chess.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Buzz Schmidt is a visiting scholar at the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College. He is the founder of GuideStar and GuideStar International, the chair of the FB Heron Foundation and Nonprofit Quarterly, and a member of the boards of TechSoup Global and the Institute for Philanthropy.

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 telecentre.org, 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.

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.

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.

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.