Digital Impact fosters an online community of social sector practitioners, policymakers, allied organizations and initiatives built around the safe, ethical, and effective use of digital resources for social good. From key influencers to on-the-ground program staff, we’re building a community to exchange ideas and foster new connections and collaborations.
Victoria Vrana, Senior Program Officer, Charitable Sector Support, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Brian Walsh, Head of Impact, Liquidnet
Mari Kuraishi, Co-founder and President, GlobalGiving
African Minds – Open Data Intermediaries and Economic Ownership Rights
Ariadne – European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights – Research and decision-making framework for philanthropic organizations sharing grants data for human rights and social change projects
Benetech – Gamified Digital Security Training
CIVICUS – Data for Action: Bringing Responsible and Secure Data Practices to Community Surveys
Data Orchard – Data Evolution +
Max Planck institute for Intelligent Systems – Avoiding Discrimination in Automated Decision Making and Machine Learning
Pro Bono Net – Legal Empowerment Data Literacy and Governance Initiative
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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.→
Bahia Ramos joined Knight Foundation in September 2009 as a National Urban Fellow and was later hired as director, community foundations. She directs donor-advised grants to community foundations around the country.→
Nikon Rasumov,PhD, is cofounder and CEO of Pullapproach as well as a Director at Global Incubator. His research in computational neuroscience and 6 years in the data mining industry form the foundation for these new technologies which enable analysis and scaling of social enterprises.→
Staff Analyst, Government Affairs
Lauren Reed has over seven years of experience in international development, research and policy analysis in the U.S. and China. Currently she is a senior analyst in Qualcomm’s Government Affairs group, where she directs the global monitoring and evaluation (M&E) portfolio for Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™. The Wireless Reach initiative strives to strengthen economic and social development by bringing advanced wireless technologies to underserved communities around the world. As the M&E lead, she develops and implements M&E strategy and systems that provide defensible data demonstrating the tangible benefits of advanced wireless technologies in addressing global challenges.
Previously she authored international policy papers as a research analyst at the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and as a consultant for the Center for American Progress. She holds a master’s degree in International Affairs, with a focus on quantitative analysis, from the University of California San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy.→
Executive Director of Connecticut Data Collaborative
Named Executive Director of the CT Data Collaborative in February 2014, Michelle is responsible for executing the vision and strategy of the Collaborative which seeks to advance open data statewide and to facilitate data-driven decision making.
Michelle holds a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Boston College and a master's degree in public policy from the University of Chicago. In her career, she has had the opportunity to work in all sectors of the economy – private, nonprofit, and government. She has worked in a research capacity for most of her career examining a wide range of policy areas and programs including: healthcare, economic development, state tax credits, and energy efficiency programs. Her policy interests are broad but her passion is in using data to help drive policy decision-making. She resides in Glastonbury, Connecticut with her husband and three children.→
nFocus Solutions is the leading provider of performance management and outcome measurement to the public sector. nFocus Solutions’ clients include the United States Army, cities, states, our Nation’s First Responders, community-based organizations, and afterschool programs. As President, Ms. Roberts oversees the strategic direction and manages company operations.→
Nikki Roda is currently an interaction designer at Goldman Sachs in New York, former research associate at The Federal Reserve and founder of A2 DataDive, an event pairing non-profits with data issues with volunteer data scientists. Central to Nikki's work is the resolve to make information digestible for the user while letting the information speak for itself.→
Eric Rodenbeck founded Stamen Design in 2001 and has since then he has been working to extend the boundaries of online media and live information visualization. Eric led the interactive storytelling and data-driven narrative effort at Quokka Sports, illustrated and designed at Wired Magazine and Wired Books, and was a co-founder of the design collective Umwow. He is a sought-after speaker and has spoken at Yale University, multiple O'Reilly technology conferences, Esther Dyson's PC Forum, OFF in Barcelona and South by Southwest, among others. He was a judge in the Smithsonian's National Design Awards in 2012.→