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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Senior Program Officer, Development Research and Training
With a background in media, health and Population studies, I am a development professional with a passion in Governance and Transparency issues, currently promoting the Open Data movement in Uganda. A former journalist and expert in ethnographic research, I am currently a researcher with Development Research & Training in Kampala, providing both desk research such as literature reviews, and primary research including interviews, case studies, etc. I have experience in conducting research processes in large multiyear research programmes such as DFID’s African Power & Politics program.→
Chief Executive Officer
Joy Saunders is the Chief Executive Officer of Integrity Action, a UK based NGO that seeks to build integrity in some of the world’s most challenging settings. She has presented in various fora on the importance of metrics and measuring impact in the Anti-corruption field and she sits as the civil society representative for the OECD Anti-Corruption Task Team.→
Beth's role at Stamen is about engaging students, educators, and the public about data visualization and mapmaking through workshops, curriculum design, and project development. Her role also includes writing, project management, and collaborative design for public-facing materials like books, blogs, and stamen.com. Prior to joining Stamen, Beth worked with organizations like Alternative Apparel and Burning Man Project to create anything from organized internal systems to marketing materials. Her experience includes graphic design, workshop design and documentation, project management, office management, warehouse management and web marketing.→
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.→
Scott Schwaitzberg recently moved to San Francisco from New York City where he spent much of his career in business management and technology consulting. Currently, he works on the Social Impact product team at Google. Scott also serves as member of the San Francisco Committee on IT and on the board of CSNYC. Previously he has served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson in New York City and worked as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company. Scott received a Bachelor's degree in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin.→
Social Impact Analyst at SEED SPOT
John found his tribe in the social enterprise world. He has a strong appreciation for entrepreneurship and believes it is a catalyst for lasting social change. John has found a way to work from both his heart and head by joining SEED SPOT. He is ready to drive SEED SPOT’s commitment to being an industry leader in measuring impact as the Social Impact Analyst. John’s background is in global and public health. He recently supported social enterprises that provide clean water and improved sanitation products. He gained skills in qualitative and quantitative research, sustainability audits and establishing data collection frameworks. In January 2016, John completed the Frontier Market Scouts training, learning the complex stages of social enterprises and impact investing. For graduate school, John traveled to the middle of England to University of Nottingham. He earned a Master of Public Health with a focus in International Health. He learned the importance of bridging inequalities, transparency, and disrupting the status quo. A native to California, John is looking forward to his new surroundings in Phoenix. John is proud to be part of a team committed to working with social entrepreneurs.→
Rikha Sharma Rani is Intelligence Director for the Solutions Journalism Network. She has worked extensively as a consultant in the global health space and was Manager of Strategic Partnerships for the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Delhi, India, where she led the Foundation’s partnerships with the private sector. She was part of the team that negotiated the price reductions announced by former President Clinton in 2008 and 2009, which dramatically reduced the price of key antiretrovirals for the treatment of HIV/AIDS. Rikha holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, during which time she also served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Affairs. Follow her @rikrani or email her: rikha_at_solutionsjournalism.org.→
As the Director of Measurement and Learning, Lauren Shaughnessy works closely with Habitat’s program teams—Homeownership Development, Homebuyer Readiness, Neighborhood Revitalization, Volunteer Services—to develop strong systems to measure Habitat’s outcomes and progress in serving our key beneficiaries over time. She is also responsible for developing approaches for learning and improvement across the full organization as the size and diversity of Habitat’s portfolio work grows. Before joining Habitat GSF in May 2015, Shaughnessy worked as a consultant at The Bridgespan Group, advising organizations in the education, youth development, public health and community development fields. In this role, she had the opportunity to support multiple organizations with their performance measurement strategy and use of data to understand the impact of their programs. In addition to her mission-driven work, Shaughnessy has been a marketing professional in the corporate sector. She holds a BBA and MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.→
Anne Sherman is Vice President, Nonprofit Strategy at Growth Philanthropy Network. Before GPN, she was Director of Strategy at TCC Group, a consultancy that assists nonprofits, foundations, and corporate community involvement programs. Prior to TCC Group, she was community initiatives manager at Minneapolis Way To Grow, a citywide school-readiness initiative.→
Lee believes that visual storytelling will save media and help brands engage more with their customers. Lee comes to Visually with over 25 years experience in creating compelling content for both print and online publications. Prior to Visually, where he serves as Co-Founder and Chief Content Officer, he was Editor-in-Chief for Mint.com and Intuit where he created the leading personal finance blog, MintLife, and drove it to a million-plus page views a month, largely as a result of its infographics. Twitter: @lsherman→
Micah L. Sifry is Co-Founder of Personal Democracy Forum. He is also Co-Founder and the Executive Director of Civic Hall, a one-of-a-kind community center for the world’s civic innovators located in the heart of New York City.
Additionally, he consults on how political organizations, campaigns, non-profits and media entities can adapt to and thrive in a networked world. He is a senior technology adviser to the Sunlight Foundation, which he helped found in 2006, and also serves on the board of Consumer Reports and the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science.
He is the author and editor of eight books, most recently, A Lever and a Place to Stand: How Civic Tech Can Move the World (PDM Press, 2015), The Big Disconnect: Why the Internet Hasn’t Transformed Politics (Yet) (OR Books, 2014) and Wikileaks and the Age of the Transparency (OR Books, 2011). In 2012 he taught “The Politics of the Internet” as a visiting lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School.→
Sheetal Singh (@multi_tude) is Senior Director of Global Media at TechSoup Global. In this position, she oversees the content and community activities of the TechSoup and NetSquared programs and is responsible for the media strategy for the TechSoup Global Network. →
Sarah Stachowiak is CEO of ORS Impact. ORS Impact combines expertise in strategy with measurement and evaluation to deliver and promote strategic learning, accountability and decision-making among clients in the philanthropic, non-profit and public sectors.→
Daniel Stid is a partner in The Bridgespan Group’s San Francisco Office. He leads Bridgespan’s performance measurement practice and advises clients working in social services, youth development, education, and philanthropy. Daniel also helps coordinate Bridgespan’s engagement with government at the federal, state, and local levels.→
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.→