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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If you are interested in contributing a written piece to Digital Impact about digital data use and management for better decision making in the social sector, please complete the application form. We will respond to selected contributors within one week. Thank you for your interest in joining the Digital Impact community!
Jess Freaner is a Data Scientist at Datascope Analytics, a Chicago based data science consultancy, with a love of bourbon, coffee, and visualizations. As co-organizer of Women in Machine Learning for Data Science Chicago (WiMLDS) and Data Science Chicago Meetup, she understands the importance of fostering community and supporting socially-conscious analyses. Her passions drive her to tinker and create while both on and off the clock, whether that means whipping up something new in the kitchen, DIY-ing a costume, or getting down and dirty with some data.→
Angela is the founder and CEO of Agora for Good, an organization focused on bringing transparency and impact to charitable giving. Since launching the company last year, Angela has partnered with over a dozen major foundations and nonprofit leaders including the Omidyar Network, the Mulago Foundation, Ashoka and Echoing Green.
Angela has advised major donors on investing over $300 million in global development, supported nonprofits, and conducted nonprofit impact evaluations and strategy projects for ten years. Her content expertise includes global health, agriculture, access to finance, pay-for-results programs, gender, and education technology. Prior to founding Agora, Angela worked at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, PepsiCo and the Monitor Group. Angela is originally from Hawaii and holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.→
Andrew Patricio is the founder of Data Effectiveness Inc, focusing on helping organizations increase the return on their investment in data science and analytics. He previously was the most senior technical leader at DC Public Schools for 6 years where he led all work on data systems and data reporting. Prior to that he had an extensive career in consulting for both commercial and government clients. He no longer has hobbies other than sleep as he is busy with the data consulting company, two pre-schoolers, a pregnant wife, a sweet but very bad dog, and entirely too many youtube videos of puppies. He has a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois and holds unnecessarily strong opinions on science fiction TV shows from the 80’s.→
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.→
Jeff Gordy is the Co-Founder and CEO of Z2 Systems, Inc., the makers of NeonCRM for nonprofits. Jeff has been working with his team for the last 12 years on building the optimal fundraising, CRM database, and marketing solution for nonprofits. Before starting the company, Jeff worked for the Kidney Cancer Association and knew that nonprofits needed better software solutions to help with their many challenges.→
Executive Director and Co-Founder at The Engine Room
Alix 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. She plays a mean game of chess.→
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.→
Kevin 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.→
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology, Law School; Lecturer, Faculty of Law
Dr Angela Daly is Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in Queensland University of Technology’s Faculty of Law and a research associate in the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (Netherlands). She is a comparative socio-legal scholar of technology and is the author of Socio-Legal Aspects of the 3D Printing Revolution(Palgrave 2016) and Private Power, Online Information Flows and EU Law: Mind the Gap(Hart 2016). She holds a PhD in Law from the European University Institute, which was joint winner of the 2013-2015 Fondazione Calamandrei Frosini prize for best thesis in legal informatics and information law. Prior to QUT, she was previously Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Media and Communications Law at the Swinburne Institute for Social Research.→
Research Fellow in the PwC Chair in Digital Economy at QUT, Australia
Paula is a Research Fellow for the PwC Chair in Digital Economy at the QUT Business School. In this role, Paula is researching how organizations transition through the digital economy and how consumers respond to changes in the market, which sometimes results in deviant or non-compliant consumer behavior. Her research focuses on providing businesses and policymakers with evidence-based solutions to real world problems. Paula’s extensive research engagement experience saw her obtain an Outstanding Achievement in Research Collaboration Award from an International Science Advisory Panel and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, and a Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Fund Award from the QUT Business School. As of 2016, Paula has brought in over $950,000 in awards and grants, including commercial research and Cooperative Research Centre funding. Paula is published in outlets such as the Journal of Marketing Management, UNSW Law Journal, and Advances in Consumer Research. Paula was awarded a PhD from QUT with a study on why everyday consumers engage in deviant consumer behavior. Paula also holds a Bachelor of Business (Honors) degree, where she was awarded a QUT Medal for academic excellence, and a Bachelor of Business degree from QUT.→
Chris Delatorre manages editorial for the Digital Impact (DI) portfolio hosted by the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford PACS. As an editor and comms consultant working in science, tech and philanthropy, Chris transforms complex ideas into compelling messages and helps experts and organizations connect with the people they care about.
At George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Public Health, Chris led editorial for COMPASS, a multimedia resource that earned a model program award from the U.S. Department of Education. His series on the Stonewall Riots, described as “one of the best articles related to the uprising,” was praised by Oscar-nominated writer/playwright Larry Kramer, who called it “Excellent, very moving. It is nice to be seen in this way. It never happens!” The series has been cited in the Michigan Journal of Gender and Law, and in the critically-acclaimed book, Lavender and Red.
As the managing editor of WINGS, Chris designed and launched a communications program to support a network of 20,000 organizations in 40 countries. For three years, he produced interviews with leading innovators in global philanthropy and social investment, managed editorial across agencies, continents and work cultures, and engaged in high level discussions with the United Nations, Ford Foundation, and OECD.
At TechSoup, Chris led a team of experts to position the forum as a global resource for nonprofits, as well as a content partner for brands like Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, and Box. Later, he designed a consumer portal and led a digital campaign for a national housing initiative, working alongside NYC Council Member Ritchie Torres and others to promote affordable housing in the five boroughs and beyond. His work was featured in a communications textbook published by Routledge in 2016 and drew support from the likes of Senator Tammy Baldwin and actor George Takei.→