Beth Simone Noveck directs the Governance Lab (GovLab) and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance. She is a Professor in Technology, Culture, and Society 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.
Alexandra Shaw holds a Masters Degree in Technology Policy from New York University. Prior to her time at GovLab, Alexandra worked at the World Economic Forum, where she managed various projects for Technology, Media and Digital Communications industries. She is currently leading the Data Responsibility Risks Assessments/Responsible Corporate Data Sharing project at the GovLab.
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 has authored or co-authored a number of extended works on new approaches for improving governance with technology, including the books The Global Impact of Open Data and Open Data in Developing Economies. He also contributed a chapter to Smarter New York City - How City Agencies Innovate from Columbia University Press.
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 in Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, GrantCraft, and Governing, among others. He tweets at @_AndrewYoung.
Andrew Puddephatt is a Consulting Fellow at GovLab. Andrew is the Co-Founder of Adapt, helping companies rethink their relationship with data, to build trust, create value and drive social change. He has been working in the field of internet policy since 2005 in partnerships with governments, international philanthropies and technology companies focusing on applying a human rights approach to internet policy and a multi-stakeholder approach to internet governance. A strategic advisor to the Ford Foundation on internet policy globally, he also works closely with UNESCO on standard setting work covering media policy, freedom of expression, journalist safety and internet development.
A Cambridge University graduate, Andrew runs his own policy consultancy, Global Partners & Associates Ltd, is Chair of the Internet Watch Foundation in the UK, International Media Support in Denmark and is Deputy Chair of the Sigrid Rausing Trust.
Andrew J. Zahuranec is Research Fellow at The GovLab, where he is responsible for studying how advances in science and technology can improve governance. In previous positions at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and National Governors Association, he worked on issues as far-ranging as election security, the commercial space industry, and the opioid epidemic. He has a Master of Arts in Security Policy Studies from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Intelligence from Mercyhurst University.
Anirudh Dinesh conducts research on governance innovation. He is a member of the team designing and piloting experiments for new models of public engagement, what the GovLab calls people-led innovation, to improve the legitimacy and effectiveness of policy making and solve urgent problems.
In addition, Anirudh is a member of the Data Labs research team looking at how governments can create the infrastructure, including the necessary skills and governance rules, to facilitate the use of administrative data for evaluating and improving public programs. With a grant from Markets for Good, he is collaborating with New Philanthropy Capital in the UK to craft a series of case studies about Data Labs and explore how they can enable charities as well as government to conduct more data-driven impact evaluations.
Last year, Anirudh helped to research, write and produce ten original Smarter State case studies, focusing on how governments can use technology to leverage the skills of civil servants. 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 was part of the organizing team of the Collective Intelligence Conference (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.
Whether in connection with events or research projects, Anirudh applies his background in computer science to help create high impact websites. He is a part of GovLab’s civic tech efforts and assists in the design and development of all of GovLab’s original tools and platforms.
Prior to joining GovLab, Anirudh co-produced TEDxBNMIT 2015, an independently organized TEDx event in Bangalore, India.
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.
Dane Gambrell is a student in the Technology, Culture, and Society department at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. As an undergraduate research assistant, he conducted original research, including interviews and bench research, in support of several GovLab projects. For the CrowdLaw initiative, he authored three in-depth case studies of how governments in Estonia, India, and Australia are using online crowdsourcing methods to improve their lawmaking processes through better community engagement. In support of an historic massive open online course (MOOC) on Open Justice, he drafted three textbook chapters on how open data, blockchain, digital platforms, and other new technologies are being used to evaluate and enhance the legitimacies of various judiciaries.
Also as an undergraduate researcher at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, he supported the Dean, contributing research for journal articles in the fields of public health, transportation, and gentrification. Dane’s writing on environmental conservation has been published by the American Geographical Society, where he also researches innovative geographical projects, start-ups, and nonprofits. As a geographic information systems (GIS) student consultant at NYU Data Services, he provides geospatial data analysis and visualization support to university members.
Dane will graduate summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Urban Environments in January of 2020.
Charles Bradley is a Consulting Fellow at GovLab. Charles is the Co-Founder of Adapt, which helps companies rethink their relationship with data, to build trust, create value and drive social change. Over the past 5 years, he has worked with the world’s leading tech companies, governments and NGOs, promoting the adoption of ethical and human rights standards by state and non-state actors in the digital environment.
Charles currently supports GovLab’s work on Data Stewards and Data Responsibility, engaging with tech companies and public authorities to use private data for public good in a responsible, systemic and sustainable way.
Charles has an MBA from the Design Business Institute, UCA, is the Executive Director of Global Partners Digital, and is on the board of a number of organisations including Total Policy and Kidenza CIC.
Darshana studies human behavior at multiple levels (individual and organization) and time scales (ontogeny and evolutionary history). She is currently examining how organizational structures shape human cognitive systems. Her research on the evolution of human social behavior has been covered by media such as the BBC, National Geographic, Wired, Io9 and NPR. Along with Eldar Shafir, Darshana has taught at Princeton University, on: ‘The Psychology of Decision Making and Judgment’. She has worked as Head of Research at pymetrics, a Khosla Ventures funded startup, that builds algorithms for personnel recruitment. She is currently a consultant at Math & Democracy, where she works on implementing the crowd-understanding platform Polis, in governments, businesses, nonprofits and communities.
Through Polis, Darshana works with organizations such as: the Governments of Canada, Taiwan and Singapore, think tank American Assembly, and the movement March On. With collaborators in the g0v-network, she has conducted empirical research into Taiwan’s open government practices and is bringing Taiwan’s models to New York City. Darshana was the Community Manager of the Personal Democracy Forum 2018, where she also facilitated a workshop on "‘New Approaches to Democracy in the Digital Age'. Darshana has a Ph.D. in Psychology & Neuroscience from Princeton University. She tweets @dznarayanan.
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.
Eduardo González de Molina is a Research Fellow at GovLab. He holds a Master in Public and Social Policy from Pompeu Fabra University—Barcelona School of Management and a double Bachelor in Sociology and Political Science from University Carlos III of Madrid. His 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. He collaborates on the GovLab's CrowdLaw initiative, focused on promoting effective public engagement in law and policy-making. Previously, Eduardo worked as Technical Advisor at the Directorate of Planning and Innovation at Barcelona City Council and as a Research Assistant at Johns Hopkins University—Pompeu Fabra University Public Policy Center.
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 the 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 and 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. Her 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.
Jason Williams-Bellamy is a second-year public policy major at the NYU College of Arts and Science. He is currently working on the CrowdLaw for Congress project at the GovLab.
John Harlow is a Non-Resident Fellow at the GovLab. He is a postdoctoral scholar in the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Opening Governance at the Arizona State University School for the Future of Innovation in Society. He researches strategic intervention points for process innovation in governance. John is currently working on the RWJF grant "Opening pathways for discovery, research, and innovation in health and healthcare." His prior work includes designing the workshop that produced the first draft of Phoenix's 2050 transportation plan, and Reinvent Phoenix’s public outreach to inform rezoning around Phoenix's light rail.
José Luis Martí is Vice-rector of innovation and Associate Professor of law and political philosophy at Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona. He does research on democratic theory, governance and innovation, the philosophy of international law, and constitutional theory (and more particularly on deliberative democracy, participatory democracy, and collective intelligence). He has published dozens of articles and several books, including La República Deliberativa (Marcial Pons, 2006), Deliberative Democracy and Its Discontents, co-edited with Samantha Besson (Ashgate, 2006), Legal Republicanism, also co-edited with Samantha Besson (Oxford University Press, 2009), and A Political Philosophy in Public Life, co-authored with Philip Pettit (Princeton University Press, 2010). He has been Laurance Rockefeller Visiting Fellow at the University Center for Human Values (Princeton University, 2008-2009) and Visiting Professor at the University of Richmond (2014). A frequent political commentator on Catalan, Spanish and international television and other media, Martí is working with the Governance Lab at New York University on its CrowdLaw project, designing 21st century law making institutions. He is currently writing a book with Samantha Besson on the global actors of international lawmaking, and planning a second one on AI and democracy.
Julia Stoyanovich is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Tandon School of Engineering, and the Center for Data Science at New York University. She is a recipient of an NSF CAREER award and of an NSF/CRA CI Fellowship. Julia's research focuses on responsible data management and analysis practices on operationalizing fairness, diversity, transparency, and data protection in all stages of the data acquisition and processing lifecycle. She established the Data, Responsibly consortium, and serves on the New York City Automated Decision Systems Task Force, by appointment by Mayor de Blasio. In addition to data ethics, Julia works on management and analysis of preference data, and on querying large evolving graphs. She holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Columbia University, and a B.S. in Computer Science and in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Leonardo Ferreira de Oliveira is a Visiting Researcher at The GovLab, where he focuses on how open data can create public value in the justice field. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Administration at the University of Brasília (UnB), with a research focus on innovation and strategy in justice systems. He also holds a B.A. and M.A. in Administration, both from UnB, where has participated in several research groups, including Innovation in Organizations of Justice and Strategic Use of Open Data. Since 2012, Leonardo has also worked as a lecturer for graduate and postgraduate courses in Public Administration and Management within the main universities of Brazil’s Federal District.
Leonardo’s career in the public sector has spanned more than 13 years. Most recently, he served as Advisor for Innovation and Information Management at the Federal Justice Council. During his tenure at the Council, from 2014 to 2017, he led the Federal Justice’s Observatory initiative, a unified repository for transparency, collaboration and dynamic monitoring of the corporate strategy of Brazil’s Federal Justice system. The Observatory was recognized as one of the best management practices in Federal Justice in 2016 and had more than 320,000 page views in its first two years of operation. Leonard was also the technical co-founder of the Federal Network of Innovation in the Public Sector of Brazil, which includes more than 80 agencies. The initiative started as an agreement between presidents of the Federal Justice Council, Federal Court of Accounts, and Ministry of Planning, Budget and Modernization, and represents synergy around an innovation agenda among Brazil’s judicial, legislative and executive arms of government.
Previously, Leonardo served as an analyst and advisor to the General Director of the Superior Court of Elections - TSE, from 2007 to 2014, and again in 2017. He worked on monitoring the strategic management of the Court, especially in the formulation and monitoring of the Strategic Plan of TSE, as well as coordinating the planning of the elections, encompassing 27 regional electoral courts. He also has expertise in Methodological and Practical Balanced Scorecard, Project Management Office implementation, Project Management and Institutional Portfolio Monitoring.
Leonardo is passionate about innovation and strategy in governance and cultivates interests in a number of related areas, including open justice, open government, open data, civic tech, information visualization, and data science. In so doing, he leads several Meetup groups aimed at exchanging information on the intersection of new technologies and the justice field, and on data science applications. Together, the Meetup groups have more than 700 participants.
Maitri Pujara is a graduate research assistant at The GovLab. She works on the 100 Questions Initiative that seeks to improve the set of questions which if answered -- with the help of data science tools – could transform our approach to solve 21st centuries challenges.
Maitri is a student in the Urban Planning department at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, specializing in Economic Development and Housing. An aspiring architect and planner, she believes in doing work which contribute to the transformation and improvement of our surroundings and society at large. Her work is centred around bridging gaps in cities, data analysis, affordable housing, sustainability, architecture and urban planning.
Maitri will graduate with a Master of Urban Planning degree in May of 2021.
Marco is currently pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Political Science at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and he holds a Master’s Degree from the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) in Political Science. Marco worked as a visiting professor at the Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA) in the areas of software development management, telemetry, and georeferencing. He is a researcher on themes such as Governance of Information Technology, Software Development and Political Participation. He was advisor in the Secretary of Legislative Affairs of the Ministry of Justice, where he coordinated the public debate on the regulation of Brazil’s Internet Bill of Rights (Marco Civil da Internet). He is currently Project Coordinator in the area of Democracy and Technology at the Institute for Technology & Society of Rio (ITS Rio) where he led the development of Mudamos Mobile Applicationfor Crowdlaw initiatives in Brazil.His most recent work was "Computational Power: Automated Use of WhatsApp in the Elections" during Brazilian general elections in 2018.
María Paz Hermosilla is a Consulting Fellow at GovLab. Maria is the founder and director of GobLab UAI, the innovation lab of the School of Government of Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez in Chile. GobLab UAI focuses on the use of innovation and data science to improve public policy and management. She has a Master of Public Administration from New York University. She is the Academic director of a certificate program in Big Data and Public Policy and professor and researcher of Data Ethics. She was recently appointed by the Chilean Ministry of Science in the expert advisory committee to create the national strategy for Artificial Intelligence. A former public servant, she led the redesign of citizen information services and open data efforts at the Ministry of Public Works.
While she was a Research Fellow at GovLab, Maria was the manager of the Smarter Crowdsouring for Zika Project, where she worked with the InterAmerican Development Bank, and the governments of Panama, Colombia, Argentina and Rio de Janeiro to identify innovative solutions to combatting the Zika crisis. She was 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. She convened and moderated a GovLab online conference on CrowdLaw that brought together practitioners working on participatory lawmaking from 16 countries. An experienced facilitator and trainer, María 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 collaborated in curriculum design and implementation of a GovLab-United States Department of Agriculture open data summer camp. Her writings can be found on the GovLab’s blog and on Governing. She can be found on twitter at @mphermosilla.
Matt works alongside leaders interested in building better ways to create, implement and sustain public policy that delivers economic and social prosperity. He served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the South Australian Premier, supporting the development of a State strategic agenda and advising on a wide range of policy areas, strategic engagement and communication, inter-governmental relations, with a special focus on climate change in the lead up to the 2015 Paris Climate Summit.
As an executive at The Australian Centre for Social Innovation, Matt helped to create a rejuvenated organisational purpose, new strategic priorities, a new brand identity, and co-authored a major report on public sector innovation. He is currently working with a range of organisations and individuals in Australia and abroad who share his personal passion - the reform of our democratic systems - building on the policy agenda he led in government (Reforming Democracy: Deciding, Designing and Delivering Together).
Maya studies legislative institutions. She holds a PhD in politics from Oxford University. Her doctoral research focused on legislative committees as the focal point for legislative learning and deliberation. She also teaches about legislative reform at American University. Her commentary has been published in the Washington Post, MIT's Global Environmental Politics, and Haaretz.
Prior to the PhD, Maya also worked on governance issues. Most recently, she worked at the Office of the Quartet, an organization representing the US, EU, UN, and Russia, which seeks to promote strong Palestinian public institutions in order to bring peace to the region. Among other responsibilities, Maya managed the annual report to the United Nations about Palestinian economic and political development and acted as speech writer for the head of mission. Maya also holds an MPA in economic and political development from Columbia University and a BA in international relations from Stanford University.
At Govlab, Maya works primarily on the Crowdlaw for Congress and Collective Intelligence projects.
Michelle Winowatan is a Research Assistant at The GovLab, where she focuses on exploring the ways data and collaboration can improve policymaking. Previously, she has worked at several international nonprofit organizations, such as Search for Common Ground and Human Rights Watch, implementing projects that focused on conflict and human rights issues. She is a Fulbright awardee, through which she obtained her MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy from New York University. She also has a BA in International Relations from Universitas Pelita Harapan, in Indonesia.
Mona Sloane is a sociologist and her work examines the intersection of design and social inequality. Her current research is on AI design and policy in the context of inequality, valuation practice, data epistemology and ethics. At IPK, Mona founded and convenes the ‘Co-Opting AI’ series. Mona completed her PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE scholarship) with a thesis on commercial spatial design practices. She also is a co-founder and former member of the LSE research programme Configuring Light/Staging the Social which explores the socio-technical role of public lighting in cities. Mona has published on design inequalities, interior design and atmospheres, material culture in design practice, social justice and lighting design, social research in/for design, aesthetics, design thinking, the politics of design, practitioner-academic collaboration for societal impact, and AI ethics. She has completed fellowships at UC Berkeley and the University of Cape Town. Follow her on Twitter @mona_sloane.
Nicole Zhao is a second-year Computer Science major at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. She is working on Communications Strategy and Operations as part of the NYU Tandon Undergraduate Summer Research Program.
Richard Buery is a Senior Advisor at the GovLab where he advises on projects relating to cities and non-profits. He is a distinguished Visiting Professor at New York University's Tandon School of Engineering where he teaches Special Topics in Sustainable Urban Environments: Engineering Change in City Government.
Richard is also Chief of Policy & Public Affairs at the KIPP Foundation, leading their public policy, advocacy, marketing, and communications efforts to grow the KIPP network and advocate for policies that make it easier for students to afford college and overcome other barriers to success. KIPP, the Knowledge is Power Program, is a non-profit network of over 200 college-preparatory, public charter schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia educating nearly 100,000 early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students, and supporting its graduates on the path to and through college.
Richard previously served as deputy mayor for strategic policy initiatives in the administration of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. In the mayor's office, he led key initiatives including Pre-K for All, which for the first time offers free, full-day Pre-K for every 4-year old in NYC, increasing enrollment from 19,000 to 70,000 children in 18 months; School's Out NYC, offering free afterschool programs to every middle schooler in NYC; and ThriveNYC, a comprehensive effort to improve New Yorkers’ mental health. He led a range of city agencies, including the Departments of Probation, Aging, Youth and Community Development, People with Disabilities, and Immigrant Affairs, and founded the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Office of Minority and Women Business Enterprises. He also managed the City's relationship with the 250,000 student City University of New York System.
While in college, Richard founded the Mission Hill Summer Program in a Roxbury, Massachusetts housing development, and went on to teach fifth grade at an orphanage in Bindura, Zimbabwe. After serving as a staff attorney at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, Richard co-founded iMentor, a national college access program which empowers low-income first-generation high school students to graduate college, and Groundwork, supporting the educational aspirations of Brooklyn public housing residents. While the CEO of the Children’s Aid Society, one of the nation's oldest and largest youth serving organizations, he founded the Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School in the South Bronx.
A 2016 Pahara-Aspen Institute Education Fellow, and a 2012 Fellow of the British American Project, he was named one of Ebony Magazine’s “30 Leaders of the Future under 30,” and Crain’s “40 Leaders of the Future under 40,” and received the Extraordinary Black Man Award for Humanitarianism from the United Negro College Fund. He has taught social entrepreneurship and nonprofit financial management at Baruch College and New York Law School. A graduate of Yale Law School and Harvard College, Richard lives in Brooklyn with his wife Deborah, a law professor, and his two sons.
Richard Culatta is a Senior Advisor at the GovLab. He is a recognized leader in government innovation. He has extensive experience working at the federal level, including leading initiatives to improve collaboration and knowledge sharing at the Central Intelligence Agency where he earned a Galileo recognition for innovation in Intelligence. Culatta also served as a policy advisor to US Senator Patty Murray. In 2012 Culatta was appointed by President Obama as the Director of the Office of Educational Technology where he focused on using technology and open data to tackle tough problems in education. Culatta received the Fierce 15 recognition for innovative government leaders.
Culatta also has experience working at the state level, serving as the first Chief Innovation Officer for the State of Rhode Island. As CINO Culatta launched the Government Innovation League, a program designed to develop public sector entrepreneurs within government. He also pioneered new ways to engage with citizens and policy makers to accelerate innovation in government. Richard serves as design resident for the San Francisco-based innovation and design firm IDEO.
Richard Wener, PhD, is a Senior Advisor at the GovLab. He is Professor of Environmental Psychology, and head of the Sustainable Urban Environments program at the Tandon School of Engineering of New York University. He is a fellow and past president of Division 34 of the American Psychological Association, and received the Career and Distinguished Service Awards from the Environmental Design Research Association and the Distinguished Scholar Research Award from the International Corrections and Prisons Association. Professor Wener’s research on the behavioral impacts of correctional settings began in 1975 and he has since conducted post occupancy evaluations and other studies in dozens of jails and prisons, culminating in his 2012 book The Environmental Psychology of Prisons and Jails: Creating Humane Environments in Secure Settings from Cambridge University Press.
He is currently managing editor for a forthcoming volume from the International Committee of the Red Cross intended to serve as guidance for corrections planners worldwide on requirements for building and operating humane detention facilities. Professor Wener has also conducted research on commuting stress, has participated in a series post occupancy evaluations of green buildings, worked on the development and assessment of virtual learning systems for firefighters, and has studied the development of excellent urban spaces as part of the team for the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence.
Professor Rod Glover is a Senior Fellow at the GovLab. Rod is Professor of Practice and head of Enterprise at Monash Sustainable Development Institute in Melbourne, Australia. In this capacity, he drives innovation and entrepreneurship in support of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Rod is also a member of the National Sustainable Development Council, which examines Australia’s progress in achieving the SDGs and provides insights to governments, business, academia and civil society on the nature of new challenges and new approaches to meeting them.
Rod has been Senior Adviser to an Australian Prime Minister, Senior Economic Adviser to Australia’s Shadow Treasurer, and Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Projects in Victoria’s Department of Premier and Cabinet. He has also worked for some of the world’s leading innovation agencies in London and San Francisco. He was chair of the education charity Hands on Learning Australia (focused on breaking the cycle of educational disadvantage) and is co-founder of an edutech startup that seeks to radically expand access to adult education.
Rod has been a Director of the Victorian Government’s Centre of Excellence in Intervention and Prevention Science (in public health) and a member of the Australian Government’s National Sustainability Council. He is now on the Board of Save the Children Australia, where he focuses on scaling internal businesses for global impact. Rod has driven the development of major policy frameworks in Australia, including the COAG National Reform Agenda (a $130 billion redesign of the framework of Commonwealth-State relations) and the Australian Government’s Industry and Innovation Statement. He has also designed and supported the establishment of new innovation agencies across a number of jurisdictions.
Sam DeJohn is a Research and Communications Fellow 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.
Seungyoon Shin studies ICT policy and institutions that maximize opportunities and reduce risks from new technology development in society. Currently, she focuses on governance of public open data which enables citizen-led innovation. She is Ph.D. candidate in Seoul National University and received ABD(All But Dissertation) fellowship from National Research Foundation of Korea. Previously, she was research assistant in Center of Intelligent Society and Policy of SNU and able to participate in several research projects from Korea Government related to smart city, digital governance and effects of the 4th Industrial revolution on public sector.
Soon Ae Chun is a visiting research professor at the Govlab NYU, from her duties as a professor and the director of the Information Systems and Informatics program at the City University of New York College of Staten Island, and a professor of the Computer Science Ph.D. Program and Data Science Master’s Program at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her expertise areas include data management, data analytics, machine learning and knowledge-based approaches. She conducts applied research in digital government, public health, and information security and privacy. She is currently working on the design models and strategies of the smart cities, Machine Learning models to detect and monitor online disinformation, trolls and toxic contents, the AI Innovations on the Open Data platform, and the privacy risks of citizens.
She is the founding co-Editor in Chief for the ACM Digital Government Research and Practice journal (DGOV). She is the director of the NSF sponsored Information Security Research and Education Lab (iSecure Lab). She is the recipient of a 2018 Fulbright Senior Scholarship, collaborating with the Seoul National University Center of Intelligent Society and Policy (CISP) on public policy impacts and risks related to the advancement of AI and IoT-driven intelligent society. Dr. Chun received the 2014 CSI President's Dolphin Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement. She served as the President of the Digital Government Society. Her research has been funded by NSF, NOAA, NJ State Government Agencies, and PSC-CUNY. She is a senior member of IEEE and a member of ACM.
Stephan embarked on his digital path in the early 2000s while at Bauhaus University, Weimar. He worked for an e-learning publisher, designed web applications and project managed in digital marketing agencies in Hannover and Hamburg, Germany. He received a fellowship from the Heinz Nixdorf Foundation in collaboration with GIZ and spent a traineeship in Tokyo. Stephan stayed in Japan and continued to contribute to the Media Studio of the United Nations University where he became a content provider and manager for the web magazine Ourworld.unu.edu and the UN Universities website. Since coming to New York, Stephan consulted a variety of organizations on IT projects, among them the library of the Goethe-Institut New York, Teachers College Columbia University, the global edition of The Conversation and currently develops applications for The Governance Lab. He is an alumni of HB Studio, New York
Stuart Campo is a Senior Fellow at the GovLab, where he is advising on issues related to data responsibility in public service delivery for children. He has over ten years of experience working in the humanitarian and development sectors, with a focus on the safe, effective, and ethical design and management of technology, data, and social innovation projects.
Stuart also currently serves as the Team Lead for Data Policy at the UNOCHA Centre for Humanitarian Data in The Hague. Prior to joining the Centre, Stuart worked for two years as a Researcher with the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) and for eight years in a variety of different roles with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). In his time with UNICEF, Stuart held extended assignments in Kenya, Madagascar, 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 policy, advocacy, and service-delivery models in complex environments.
Stuart served as a Princeton in Africa Fellow from 2008-2009, working as the Director of Special Projects and Innovation at Straight Talk Foundation—a leading health and development communication NGO in Uganda. Stuart studied Politics at Princeton University, and is currently based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He tweets at @stucampo.
Victoria Alsina is a Senior Fellow at The GovLab, where she coordinates the CrowdLaw Initiative, and a Research Professor in Technology, Culture, and Society at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. At the Harvard Kennedy School, she is Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, and Associate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Her current research and teaching focus on finding innovative solutions to rethink public institutions, exploring how collaborative governance and citizen engagement can change the way we govern, solving some of society’s most pressing problems at the intersection of the public and private sectors and helping communities and institutions to work together to solve public problems more effectively and legitimately.
The Government of Catalonia appointed her as the Head of the Delegation of the Catalan Government to the United States of America & Canada in 2018. Previously, Victoria advised numerous governments and private institutions on issues related to public sector reform, public-private collaboration and democratic innovation. She holds a BA in Political Science and Public Administration from Universitat Pompeu Fabra; an MPA from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; an MA in Public Management from ESADE Business School; and a Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
She tweets @_VictoriaAlsina.