Beth Simone Noveck directs the Governance Lab (GovLab) and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance. She is the Jerry M. Hultin Global Network Professor at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. Her current research focuses on “people-led innovation,” namely the ability of communities and institutions to work together to solve problems more effectively and legitimately.More keyboard_arrow_down
Stefaan G. Verhulst is Co-Founder and Chief Research and Development Officer of the Governance Laboratory @NYU (GovLab) where he is responsible for building a research foundation on how to transform governance using advances in science and technology. Verhulst’s latest scholarship centers on how technology can improve people’s lives and the creation of more effective and collaborative forms of governance. Specifically, he is interested in the perils and promise of collaborative technologies and how to harness the unprecedented volume of information to advance the public good.More keyboard_arrow_down
Akash Kapur is a Senior Fellow at the GovLab. Akash has consulted for a variety of organizations (including UNDP and The Markle Foundation) on issues including Internet governance, the digital divide, open data, and health IT. He is a former columnist for the International New York Times, and has written for, among other publications, The Atlantic, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Time magazine.
Akash is the author of a book, India Becoming: A Portrait of Life in Modern India (Riverhead, 2012), named by The New Yorker and The New Republic a book of the year; by Newsweek one of its three must-reads on modern India; and selected as an Editors' Choice by the New York Times Book Review.
Akash has a BA in Anthropology from Harvard College, and a DPhil in media law and policy from Oxford University (Nuffield College), which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. His research at Oxford focused on issues related to access and the digital divide.
Alan Kantrow is Senior Advisor of the GovLab. Prior to joining the GovLab, Alan was Managing Partner of Alan Kantrow LLC, where he provided advice on strategy, organization, innovation, communication, and knowledge management to corporations, colleges and universities, and government entities focused on educational and economic development across the world. In parallel, he has been Professor of Management and Director of an infrastructure-focused research center at Moscow School of Management/Skolkovo, Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and adjunct lecturer in strategy at Babson College.
Previously, for more than a dozen years, Alan was a Senior Partner and Chief Knowledge Officer at Monitor Group. Before that has was a Partner and Director of Communications for Asia-Pacific at McKinsey & Company, as well as Editor of the McKinsey Quarterly. Still earlier, he was a Founding Partner of Winthrop Group (business historians) and Senior Editor of Harvard Business Review. He is the author of several books and many articles, and his blog on tertiary education can be found at HBR.org. Alan holds both his AB and PhD from Harvard University.
Andrew Young is the Knowledge Director at The GovLab, where he leads research efforts focusing on the impact of technology on public institutions. Among the grant-funded projects he has directed are a global assessment of the impact of open government data; comparative benchmarking of government innovation efforts against those of other countries; a methodology for leveraging corporate data to benefit the public good; and crafting the experimental design for testing the adoption of technology innovations in federal agencies.
Andrew is the author of extended work on how public sector institutions use new technology to coordinate work and developed original public resources, including GovLab’s Selected Readings on a variety of topics and its Twitter Lists of governance innovation areas.
He is also the Network Coordinator of the GovLab-chaired MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Opening Governance. In this role, he plans and organizes collaborative research projects and events with the Network’s members, post-docs, and advisory group who span a dozen disciplines and institutions. Andrew works closely with GovLab civic technology team and has led the design of the Network of Innovators skill sharing network for civil servants and the Open Governance Research Exchange (OGRX), a collaborative project of the GovLab, World Bank, and mySociety to develop a platform for accessing and sharing original research on governance innovation.
In his role as Knowledge Director, Andrew seeks to make GovLab’s research more accessible and actionable, and provides research and writing support to all members of GovLab’s team and to its extended network of participants in GovLab’s training programs.
Andrew earned his Master’s degree in the Media, Culture and Communication department of NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, with a focus on Technology and Society. His Master’s thesis explored the use of data-tracking technologies on congressional campaign websites to inform microtargeting efforts.
Before arriving at the GovLab, Andrew worked with Chief of Research Stefaan Verhulst at the Markle Foundation, where his research centered on the use of technology to bolster economic security.
Prior to his graduate work at NYU, Andrew attended Pennsylvania State University and Goldsmiths College, University of London, where he studied English and Communications. His writings can be found at the GovLab Blog, Opening Governance Research Network Blog, the Social Science Research Network, Open Government Partnership blog, GrantCraft, and Governing, among others. He tweets at @_AndrewYoung.
Anirudh conducts research on governance innovation. He is a member of the research team studying how public institutions use knowledge networks to leverage the expertise of their employees and constituents. The team has produced ten original Smarter State case studies. He has also researched and authored reports on Open Data for Developing Economies, a project to explore the social and economic impact of opening government data.
In his job, Anirudh organizes events at the GovLab. He is part of the organizing team of the Collective Intelligence Conference which will be hosted at NYU Tandon in June 2017. He has coordinated multiple online classes and coaching programs for the GovLab Academy, including the ones on innovations in tech-enabled disaster management and data driven criminal justice. He previously co-produced TEDxBNMIT 2015, an independently organized TEDx event in Bangalore, India.
In addition to his research and event planning roles, Anirudh works with GovLab Engineering on a variety of civic tech projects, often helping to translate user needs into technical requirements.
Anirudh holds a master’s degree in Computer Engineering from New York University and an undergraduate degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the Visvesvaraya Technological University in India. While studying there, he interned at the Defence Research and Development Organization, where he implemented the autonomous indoor navigation of a quadcopter.
Anirudh is an avid blogger and his writings can be found at www.dudurudh.com.
Claudio Mendonca is the Creative Director at the GovLab where he is responsible for branding and interaction design of the digital projects. Working as a visual communicator for more than 10 years, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design in 2005. He has extensive experience in branding and interaction design, including 3 years developing graphical material for several government institutions in Brazil, publications and interface design for startups.
Outside of his work at The GovLab, Claudio also designs webapps for the Centre of Direct Democracy and works as a design consultant for the World Bank Institute for several open gov projects such as Open Government, Open Contracting, Open Development and Technology Alliance. He can be found at http://claudiomendonca.ca/.
David is a Senior Advisor at the GovLab. He brings deep experience in politics, policy and management - having served and advised a President, Vice President, three governors and three big-city mayors. He worked as a communications aide in President Clinton’s White House; was Vice President Al Gore’s press secretary in California for the 2000 presidential campaign; served in a variety of policy roles for the governors of California, Pennsylvania and Washington; and served under the mayors of New York, San Francisco and Oakland. He was chief of staff to Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, managing some 50 city and state agency heads, and representing the mayor in carrying out important city initiatives, including the analysis and implementation of the Mayor’s Advisory Task Force Groups, an unprecedented level of civic engagement from community leaders that led to over 40 reports and recommendations for the city of Oakland. Currently, David works for the chancellor of the University of California Berkeley as a Senior Advisor managing policy development, external stakeholder engagement and overall communications strategies.
Dinorah Cantu coordinates the GovLab Academy, an online institute aimed at helping government and social innovators take innovative projects from idea to implementation. Under her direction, the Academy has worked with over five hundred innovators from more than 30 countries online and off over the last two years. Thousands more have watched its skill-building videos. She has put together over 12 Coaching Programs, the Academy’s signature mentoring and peer to peer learning initiative, where over 95% of whose participants complete the program. The Academy is a project of the Governance Lab, based at New York University. GovLab focuses on the use of technology to improve how we govern.
Dinorah has also designed the GovLab’s Crowdsorcerer expert system, a software tool to deliver customized case studies to government leaders about open innovation. Working together with lawyers and education experts from NYU, she also designed an expert system to help universities determine the legal requirements for offering online education. She also runs the GovLab’s Demos for Democracy video series where she interviews leading technologists about new platforms to advance the public interest.
A lawyer by training, Dinorah founded and directed the Human Rights Center of the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey prior to coming to New York in 2012. She holds an MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy at NYU Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and is passionate about the value of civic technology for strengthening human rights. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and tweets at @dinorah_cantu.@dinorah_cantu.
Francesca De Chiara is a Visiting Fellow at the GovLab. Based in Trento at Fondazione Bruno Kessler's Center for Information and Communication Technology, she is the co-founder of the first Italian node of the Open Data Institute in Trento. She holds a PhD in Sociology and Social Research from the University of Salerno (IT). Her dissertation – The World Bank: knowledge, technology and development in a multilateral institution – focused on the role of the World Bank as a knowledge producer, by analyzing the organizational transformation during Wolfensohn presidency, the launch of the online aid-management platform powered by the Bank, and the implementation of the Development Gateway web portal.
She has been Visiting Research Fellow at Dept. of Development Sociology/Polson Institute for Global Development – Cornell University in 2009-2010, working under the supervision of Philip McMichael, and visiting doctoral student at the University of Warwick – Warwick Business School, where she joined the Public Policy Group led by prof. Colin Crouch in 2006-2007. She has research experience in the field of open data, open government and development studies and is mainly interested in analyzing the impact and the actual reuse of open data. In this context, she has presented papers at international conferences, organized workshops and training courses. She has also lectured at LUISS University in Rome. She is part of the Open Knowledge Network, collaborates in bottom-up initiatives focused on crowdsourcing and civic monitoring, like Monithon. She’s editor of the Open Knowledge Italian official blog, author of academic articles and lately referee for the European Journal of Political Research. Last accepted paper to be presented at CES Conference in Paris, July 2015, will be focused on the value of open data for the European Cohesion. She has served as country reviewer for the first edition of the Open Data Barometer, a research report by the Web Foundation and the Open Data Institute. She has translated the Open Data Certificates (now in Beta) in Italian in 2014, organized the first edition of the contest Trentino Open Data Challenge, and is responsible for the open data related activities within the EU FP7-funded Finodex project, an accelerator for SMEs and Web entrepreneurs that make use of both existing open data-sets and the platform FiWare. Since February 2013, she has worked at the Trentino Open Data project, resulting in the launch of the open government data catalog dati.trentino.it.
Fred DeJohn is the Chief Financial Officer at GovLab. Fred is an attorney with extensive experience in finance, budget and human resources in both government and higher education. Prior to joining the GovLab, Fred served as the Acting Vice President for Human Resources at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Before that, he spent more than eighteen years as the Vice President for Finance and Administration at New York Law School.
Fred's earlier career was with New York City government where he held high level positions in a number of City agencies, including Deputy Commissioner for Finance and Administration at the Department of Housing, Preservation and Development, First Deputy Commissioner at the Department of General Services and First Deputy Director at the Department of Personnel. He finished his City service as a Special Assistant to Mayor David Dinkins, focusing on municipal labor issues.
Gabriella (Gabby) researches, designs, and advocates for public participation in lawmaking (“crowdlaw”). She is pursuing a JD/MBA at the Yale Law School and Yale School of Management. Her work includes completing a global survey of legislative initiatives that use crowdlaw to improve the effectiveness of legislative procedure and outcomes. She is also tracking public engagement legislation and collaborating with researchers at Harvard University to develop a model legal framework for institutionalizing public engagement. She believes that crowdlaw can help communities to make more informed, effective, and democratic decisions.
Previously, Gabby was a Project Manager at Locus Analytics/Syntax Funds, a data analytics and investment management firm, where she built data organization structures for risk stratification in portfolio management and community development. She also has experience in intellectual property strategy, fleet management technology, as well as in the Colombian public and nonprofit sectors. A graduate of Swarthmore College, she studied political science, Latin American studies, and spatial analytics for public policy. Gabby is fluent in Spanish. She tweets @crowdlawyale.
Hannah is a Research Assistant at the GovLab. She is an interdisciplinary strategist who works across art, design and social science on projects designed to foster more dynamic, equitable, and civically engaged cities. Currently, she works on GovLab projects focused on the use of data, especially open data and public-private data partnerships, for social good. Before joining the research team, she designed the curriculum and taught the GovLab's Open Data Summer Camp. A collaboration with the USDA, the Camp taught data science to 7-12th graders. Hannah has previously collaborated in the design of a platform to inform and engage New York City residents on the issue of rezoning. Hannah is a graduate of Parsons The New School for Design, where she earned a BBA in Strategic Design Management.
Kaitlin is a Research Fellow at the GovLab, where she focuses on strategy, business development and program management for the team’s innovative new Smarter Crowdsourcing and City Challenges programs. She brings a decade of experience working on social justice issues, including over seven years of direct service to low-income youth and incarcerated individuals, as well as managing over a dozen impact-focused consulting projects with nonprofits and government organizations in the US and abroad.
Kaitlin completed her MBA from Yale School of Management and her BA in History and Literature from Harvard College. Her MBA course work focused on the application of business and management practices to social enterprises, non-profits and government agencies. In 2016, she interned at the White House Domestic Policy Council, where she led projects on open data in policing and criminal justice. Prior to her MBA, Kaitlin worked as a consultant to a prison education non-profit, served as a college counselor for low-income youth in Boston Public Schools and worked as an associate consultant at a human capital management firm called AchieveMission. She is very passionate about community empowerment and criminal justice reform.
Lauren Yu is the Director of Operations at The GovLab. She holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Columbia University where she focused on advanced clinical practice in health, mental health, and disabilities. She has worked in schools, hospitals, and community mental health centers where her target populations have included at-risk children, transplant patients, and homeless mentally ill adults. Lauren earned a BA in psychology from Occidental College.
Prior to joining The GovLab team, Lauren was living in Kathmandu, Nepal where she started a counseling program serving 1st-12th grade students. She also created the school’s service learning program involving middle school and high students in community service projects throughout Kathmandu and in surrounding rural villages.
Research Fellow María Hermosilla focuses her work on governance innovation in Latin America. At the GovLab, she does both research and project design and management. She conducts research on how technology is transforming government, which includes work on the impact of innovations such as big and open data, crowdsourcing, people analytics, and public labs on executive and legislative institutions. She is a collaborator on the Smarter State case studies series, which focuses on how public institutions use new technology to accelerate learning, and she does ongoing work on mapping the skills and expertise gap in government.
Complementing her research, María has convened and moderated a GovLab online conference on CrowdLaw that brought together practitioners working on participatory lawmaking from 16 countries. She is also collaborating on efforts to convene another global online conference series on using technology and innovation to combat mosquito borne illness.
Her projects include working with GovLab’s engineering team on the design and implementation of Network of Innovators, the bilingual skill-sharing network for government and civic innovators worldwide. In that capacity, she works with public sector partners to promote use of such platforms to accelerate learning, including organizing workshops and training in Mexico and the UK.
An experienced facilitator and trainer, María has designed and led the GovLab’s coaching program for the Organization of American States Open Government Fellows, working with government officials and nonprofit leaders across the Americas to help them take public interest projects from idea to implementation. She also helped lead the GovLab’s online lab design coaching program and collaborated in curriculum design and implementation of a GovLab-United States Department of Agriculture open data summer camp.
Prior to the Govlab, María worked in national government in Chile, leading the redesign of citizen information services and open data efforts at the Ministry of Public Works. She also designed public consultations and led the digitalization of services. Before going into the public sector, María worked in television as a producer, reporter and assistant director and served as a freelance correspondent for NPR.
A native Spanish speaker, María has a Master of Public Administration at New York University, where she studied public and nonprofit management with an emphasis on design thinking, data science and participatory policymaking.
Mark Adkins-Hastings is a software developer with diverse expertise in both technology and design. He joins GovLab's development and design team to build civic technologies that help institutions work more openly and collaboratively. Previously, Mark worked on citizen-centric technology projects for the United States federal government, including the Department of Justice and the Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). At USTPO, he developed the Office's electronic patent application filing system as part of a team promoting the adoption of more agile and modern design practices, including the use of citizen ethnography to ensure that government websites serve the public better.
Recently, Mark collaborated with a team from the USPTO and the White House, including members of the Presidential Innovation Fellows corps, to help develop a process and platform for crowdsourcing public expertise to enhance the patent examination process. His work was showcased to the US Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and the White House Office of the Chief Technology Officer.
Michelle is a Graduate Research Assistant at The GovLab, currently pursuing a Master's degree in Public Policy at NYU Wagner on a Fulbright scholarship. She holds a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from Universitas Pelita Harapan. Previously, she worked in the nonprofit sector in Indonesia where she developed and implemented a number of projects focusing on diversity, equality, inclusion, and conflict resolution.
Neil Kleiman is a Senior Fellow at the GovLab. Neil has spent nearly 20 years building a career at the intersection of many sectors—policy, philanthropy, government and academia. He has established new organizations, and divisions within organizations, focused on developing innovative and practical policy solutions for cities. He has written and edited over thirty policy reports, and his work has been featured in many media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Chronicle of Higher Education and National Public Radio.
Dr. Kleiman is a clinical professor at New York University, teaching graduate-level courses on policy development, urban innovation, and new approaches to technology and big data at both the Wagner School of Public Service and the Center for Urban Science and Progress.
As Director of the NYU Wagner Innovation Labs, he supports the development of initiatives and programs to address pressing urban challenges, both nationally and globally. He has worked closely with Bloomberg Philanthropies, Citibank and the Ford Foundation on international initiatives to improve government efficiency and reform.
He is also Deputy Executive Director of Policy, Research, and Evaluation for the National Resource Network. Funded with $10 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Network is the nation’s first one-stop resource for cities seeking customized solutions to their most pressing challenges.
Sam DeJohn is a Research Assistant at The GovLab who recently graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. His current research focuses on governance innovations in Latin American countries and Spain. He is part of the team evaluating the Organization of American States Fellowship Program and he is conducting a study of the Decide Madrid public engagement platform. Sam contributes to the GovLab blog and serves as a communications assistant to GovLab's Director of Communications. He is fluent in Spanish.
Stephanie Gaither is a part-time Research Assistant at the GovLab. In addition, she also works full-time at Airbnb as the Americas East Policy Campaigns Coordinator where she supports leadership in overseeing the expansion and legitimization of Airbnb, drives financial planning and strategy, and creates processes to improve the use of existing resources within the campaigns. Previously, Stephanie served in the Obama Administration as the Confidential Assistant to the Deputy Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget where she served as a main point of contact across the White House and federal agencies for issues pertaining to OMB. Stephanie is passionate about government innovation, data transparency, and evidence-based policymaking. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland. She is fluent in Spanish and Catalan.
Timi Lewis is Director of Communications for the GovLab. Previously, she was vice president of marketing and communications for Housing Partnership Network, a nonprofit business collaborative. She also worked as an associate with Brunswick Group, a global strategic communications consultancy, and was director of corporate affairs and strategic planning for NYC Media, the official television, radio and digital network of New York City.
Ahead of these roles, Timi was a project manager for the corporate social responsibility practice at Ernst & Young, and an international trade consultant with Ernst & Young, Arthur Andersen, and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Throughout her career, Timi has also advised small businesses and nonprofits as an independent communications consultant. And she served two terms on the Board of Directors of New York Women in Communications.
Timi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in public policy from Duke University, and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Victoria Alsina is a Senior Fellow at the GovLab and Faculty Associate at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Her current research focuses on finding innovative solutions to regenerate the public sector, helping communities and institutions to work together to solve problems more effectively and legitimately. Likewise, she explores how collaborative governance can change the way we govern solving some of society's most pressing problems at the intersection of the public and private sectors, developing innovative and practical policy solutions for cities.
Currently, she collaborates on GovLab Academy projects focused on promoting effective public engagement in lawmaking (CrowdLaw) and training civic leaders and civil servants in how to collaborate with their own communities (Civic Challenges). She has been also part of the Coaching Program Initiative, developing and scaling innovative projects, from idea to implementation.
At Harvard, she is Chair of the Study Group “The Challenge to Design a Technological Agora” and she leads the projects “Creating new conceptual and analytical frameworks to study public-private collaboration in Southern Europe and Latin America” and “Discovering who transforms Barcelona: Redefining public and private roles in urban transformation. Collaboration models and community impact.” As a member of the Transparency Policy Project at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, she contributes research for a new project on empowering patients through data and technology.
She is also Senior Researcher for the European Union Erasmus + Jean Monnet Project “Enhancing governance of EU policies: legal and institutional learnings from a US-EU dialogue.” Likewise, she advises numerous public and private institutions, including the OECD, the European Union and the Inter-American Development Bank, and trains civic leaders and civil servants on issues related to public sector reform, public-private collaboration, collaborative governance and democratic regeneration through technology.
She holds a BA in Political and Administration Sciences from Pompeu Fabra University, an MPA from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, an MA in Public Management from ESADE Business School, and a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from Pompeu Fabra University.
She tweets @_VictoriaAlsina.