About us

We are living inside a data revolution that is transforming the way we understand and interact with each other and the world, and it has only just begun. Data has the potential to make hidden relationships crystal clear, to be a common language between people who might never have spoken, to inspire collaboration, to off er metrics for decision making, and to turn seemingly unrelated ideas into powerful insights that can solve the most complex and intractable problems we face.

DataKind™ is a community of pioneering data scientists, visionary changemakers, community builders, and social innovators with the talent, commitment and energy to open the door and show us the way. Headquartered in New York City, we have Chapters in Bangalore, Dublin, San Francisco, Singapore, the UK and Washington DC.

The Team

Jake Porway

Jake Porway

Founder and Executive Director

Jake is a machine learning and technology enthusiast who loves nothing more than seeing good values in data. He founded DataKind™ in the hopes of creating a world in which every social organization has access to data capacity to better serve humanity. He was most recently the data scientist in the New York Times R&D lab and remains an active member of the data science community. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Statistics from UCLA.

Craig Barowsky

Craig Barowsky

Co-Founder and Director of Operations

Craig was the Vice President of Production at Oddcast and has over 6 years of project management experience. At Oddcast he focused mainly on producing a wide variety of web-based, viral applications, mobile applications, and worked closely on product development.

Shubha Bala

Shubha Bala

Programs Strategist

Shubha started out as a software consultant and in international development, but added media impact and journalism in the last few years. She has managed enterprise-scale projects, worked in Human Rights in rural Nepal and produced public radio shows in the US. She has her BASc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master in International Affairs from Columbia University.

Julia Marden

Julia Marden

Community Manager

Julia organizes the DataKind NYC Meetup and is working to launch DataKind chapters in more cities. She previously worked in community organizing and communications at Democracy for America, Rock the Vote, and the National Wildlife Federation. She studied public policy at UNC Chapel Hill and completed her Masters in Information & Library Science at the Pratt Institute.

Peter Darche

Peter Darche

Data Engineer

Peter is a recent graduate of NYU's ITP program and lover of all manner of data-drive do-goodery.  At ITP he focused primarily on using personal data to improve personal social and environmental impact.  Prior to graduate school he taught in NYC public schools with Teach for America and Uncommon Schools.

Mischa Byruck

Mischa Byruck

Manager of Strategic Partnerships

Mischa is a passionate advocate of technology-based capacity building in the social sector, with over a decade of experience in nonprofit management.  Following Hurricane Katrina he founded and managed development for a $10 million humanitarian relief organization and since then has worked with hundreds of nonprofits and social enterprises across the US and in Brazil, Ghana, India and Nepal. Mischa holds a BA from Columbia University and an MPA from NYU.

Miriam Young

Miriam Young

Communications Specialist

Miriam has built her career supporting the pro bono movement, bringing business, technology and social sector experts together to change the world. Previously working at Taproot Foundation and NPower, Miriam continues to be inspired by the talented professionals that use their skills to give back. Miriam is fascinated by cross-cultural communication, graduating from the University of Illinois in Commercial French and International Studies.

Robin Deutsch Edwards

Robin Deutsch Edwards

Public Relations

In 2012, Robin launched, High Mileage Communications, to support the communications needs of social entrepreneurs and mission-driven businesses. Prior to that, Robin was a VP in Edelman’s Corporate Social Responsibility practice, part the communications team for Marsh & McLennan’s Risk Consulting practice and managed an industry conference for Southface Energy Institute. Robin holds a B.S. from the University of Michigan and an MPA from NYU.

The Advisors

Lucy Bernholz

Lucy Bernholz

A philanthropy wonk and visiting scholar at Stanford University's Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Lucy's writing led Fast Company to choose her site as one of its “Best Blogs” and The Huffington Post named her a “game changer” for her ideas about the future of philanthropy. 

Drew Conway

Drew Conway

A data scientist and leading expert in the application of computational methods to social and behavioral problems at large-scale. Drew has been writing and speaking about the role of data and the discipline of data science in industry, government, and academia for several years. 

Josh Greenberg

Josh Greenberg

Director of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Digital Information Technology program. Josh has a PhD in Science & Technology Studies and is focused on digitally-networked services and tools to support myriad forms of public engagement and participation.           

Mark Hansen

Mark Hansen

Director at the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation.  Mark joined Columbia's Journalism School in 2012 after holding appointments in the Department of Statistics, the Department of Design Media Arts, and the Department of Electrical Engineering at UCLA.

Cheryl Heller

Cheryl Heller

Founding Chair, Design for Social Innovation at SVA.  Cheryl has helped grow businesses from small regional enterprises to multi-billion global market leaders, launched category-redefining divisions and products, reinvigorated moribund cultures, and jump-started dozens of successful entrepreneurs. 

Matthew Klein

Matthew Klein

Executive director and first staff person of Blue Ridge Foundation New York, a social innovation incubator supporting start-up technology based ventures that advance opportunity and upward mobility in the US.

Hilary Mason

Hilary Mason

Data Scientist in Residence at Accel.  Hilary is also co-founder of HackNY, co-host of DataGotham, a member of NYCResistor and is on Mayor Bloomberg's Technology and Innovation Council. She believes technology should give us superpowers.

Mike Olson

Mike Olson

Co-founder and CSO of Cloudera, the standard for Apache Hadoop in the enterprise. Mike has an extensive career in open source software and databases. He has Bachelor's and Master's degree in Computer Science from UC Berkeley.

Mayur Patel

Mayur Patel

VP of Strategy at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, where he is responsible for aiding ongoing strategy development, strengthening research and knowledge management capabilities and assessing the impact and effectiveness of the foundation’s efforts.

DJ Patil

DJ Patil

VP of Poduct in RelateIQ.  DJ has held roles across academia, industry, government. Places like LinkedIn, eBay and PayPal.  He's worked on national security on computational social science and helping build educational platforms in Iraq.  

Jeff Stanger

Jeff Stanger

Founding Director of the Center for Digital Information which helps foundations and research organizations re-imagine their output for digital media. Jeff was previously president of NetCampaign and Washington director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center.

Kevin Starr

Kevin Starr

Managing Director at Mulago Foundation. Kevin established the Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program in 2003 to apply Mulago's principles and tools to help social entrepreneurs turn good ideas into lasting change at scale.

Andrew Zolli

Andrew Zolli

Curator and Executive Director at PopTech.  Andrew is a futures researcher who studies the complex forces at the intersection of technology, sustainability and global society that are shaping our future. 

 

HyeSook Chung

HyeSook Chung

Executive Director of DC Action for Children. For the past 15 years, HyeSook Chung has worked to improve the lives of children through direct service, advocacy and program management and coordinated activities for the presidential task force on early childhood development.

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  • DataKind at TEDxMontreal

    In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.  We were thrilled and honored when TEDxMontreal asked us to come speak about data in the service of humanity.

  • DC World Bank DataDive

    More than 150 topic experts, data scientists, civic "hackers," civil society groups and development practitioners gathered at the World Bank on March 15-17, 2013 for the DC Big Data Exploration event to analyze data and tackle questions related to eliminating poverty and rooting out corruption and fraud on development projects.

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