Meet the DataKinders! We are a global team headquartered in New York City, with Chapters in Bangalore, Dublin, San Francisco, Singapore, the UK and Washington DC. We're a multidisciplinary team built up of coders and statisticians, community builders and partnership organizers, all united by a common mission to use data in the service of humanity.
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.
Julia Rhodes Davis
Managing Director, Capital & Growth
Julia Rhodes Davis joined DataKind as managing director in fall 2015 and leads efforts for company growth and sustainability, including building an ecosystem of individuals and institutions working to leverage the power of predictive technology for the greater good. Before joining DataKind, Julia was a partner at Citizen Engagement Laboratory, an incubator and accelerator for tech-fueled social impact startups. Earlier in her career, she founded Production Collective, a New York-based social change consultancy that served organizations across the nonprofit sector. In 2012, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Julia launched resilience efforts in Brooklyn, NY and served on Gov. Cuomo’s New York Rising Reconstruction Program. Julia is currently on the board of Vote.org, an organization that builds technology that makes it easier to vote. When Julia’s not working with amazing change makers, she’s cooking, running or helping someone start a new project.
Director of Operations
Nicole is a technology, efficiency and operations enthusiast. Over the past 15 years, she has designed processes and strategies to optimize efficiency, profitability, and customer experience at organizations ranging from Capital One Bank to Grameen Foundation and at a microfinance bank in Nairobi while she was a Global Fellow with Acumen. When she's not knee deep in spreadsheets, you can find Nicole cooking, eating, and weightlifting (and likely eating again).
Head of Learning and Technical Practice
Caitlin Augustin can point to a single unifying phrase to sum up her work: “that which isn’t measured cannot be improved.” For the past decade, she’s been applying Lord Kelvin’s words to projects across sectors – from energy and climate change to education and social good. Most recently, she was a senior research scientist at an education company. Caitlin is is a true “pracademic” who enjoys lecturing at local universities and bringing academic rigor to DataKind’s learning practice. She holds both a BSIE and a PhD from the University of Miami. Go Canes!
Pinky has a passion for people, processes and data. Her desire to change the world for the greater good, stems from her experience as a leader at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship of Stony Brook University. With a background centered on social good, Pinky has held roles at several organizations including Blue Engine, Elegantees and SumAll.org - where she was a project manager and oversaw social justice data technology projects for various nonprofit partners. She has been featured in Conscious Magazine as a powerful voice in the social impact sphere for her work in creative fundraising campaigns against human trafficking. When she's not making sure everyone on the DataKind team has what they need to be efficient and effective, she's out connecting with people and pursuing her next food adventure in search of exciting new flavors.
PR & Communications Manager
Jeanette is a communications pro that has spent the past 15 years leading public relations programs for a variety of businesses and organizations including legendary wine region, The Napa Valley, the South Dakota Department of Tourism and home furnishings giant, IKEA. She is now harnessing the power of PR for the greater good with DataKind.
Peter is a graduate of NYU's ITP program and lover of all manner of data-driven 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.
Marissa is a bridge-figure, social engineer, and fierce advocate for the self-determination of historically disenfranchised communities. She brings to DataKind years of leadership and community building experience in the social sector across the areas of social entrepreneurship, public policy, nonprofit development, and law. Prior to joining DataKind, she was the Director of Leadership and Civic Engagement for RISE San Diego. She received her Master's in Public Policy, with a concentration in social and urban policy, from Harvard Kennedy School as a Public Service Fellow and is also a proud alumna of Swarthmore College. She originally hails from Kingston, Jamaica, and in her free time is an avid singer, traveler, a mean cook, and Co-President of Harvard Kennedy School's Black Alumni Association.
Michael is a recent graduate of MIT with masters degrees in city planning and transportation. He is a transportation planner, modeler, coder, GIS expert and civic data enthusiast. He hails from Seattle, WA but has lived most of his adult life in NYC. While attending MIT, he worked on modeling the potential impacts of climate change and inundation on the Boston Metro region. He loves writing code, civic data, studying transportation, and all things geospatial.
Data Science Manager
As data science manager, Maria oversees DataKind’s DataCorps projects and also serves on the organization’s impact assessment team. She recently obtained a master's degree in Urban Science and Informatics from the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP). Prior to this, Maria worked for nearly a decade at the San Diego Association of Governments creating innovative transportation strategies to improve the quality of life for San Diego residents. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and also holds a master's degree in Economics from San Diego State University.
Heidi Hernandez Gatty
Senior Network Strategist
Heidi is a leading expert on nonprofit management, organizational development, governance, and infrastructure and spent ten years as the Network Coordinator for the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors. Most recently, Heidi was the Director of Acceleration Services at Citizen Engagement Lab where she was responsible for running an acceleration program for leading social change entrepreneurs.
Senior Operations Manager
Nina's nonprofit career started in grants writing and grants management, where she developed a thrill for process improvement and keeping things organized. At DataKind, Nina focuses on ways to mitigate risk for the organization through contracts and process improvement. Prior to DataKind, Nina was the Director of Operations and Risk Management at Citizen Engagement Lab, a Bay Area based fiscal sponsor. When she isn't creating strong infrastructure to support data for good, Nina is snuggling with her cat and enjoying the Bay Area sun.
Business Development and Grants Manager
Hailing from the UK, Dave previously worked in British politics focused on voting statistics and fundraising before serving as Chief of Staff to a senior politician. He then spent two years in Paris working in the research department of an investment company and as an English Teacher before moving to New York.
Strategic Partnerships and Programs Manager
Sydney is a skilled nonprofit management professional with a history of executing best practices for the increased collaboration, efficacy, and impact of leading mission-driven organizations and social actors. Most recently, Sydney was the Program Manager for the Social Enterprise Division of the Harvard Business School Club of New York. There, she managed the daily operations and structure of Community Partners, the organization's pro bono strategic management consulting program, and oversaw other initiatives related to social enterprise. She received her Bachelors in International Studies from Boston College and a Masters in Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University. Sydney currently serves on the Board of Directors of ECPAT-USA, a leading anti-trafficking organization. She is also the founding president of their Young Professionals Board.
Magdalen previously worked in development and communications at the Center Against Domestic Violence in Brooklyn. Her background also includes community organizing for Organizing for America and marketing for an e-commerce start up. Magdalen received her B.A. in U.S. History from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Ada found her way to DataKind after working around the globe. With over a decade in the finance sector at Morgan Stanley and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, she held diverse roles in development, corporate finance, investor relations, strategy, and the chief operating office. Her enthusiasm for data and passion to help scale social impact brought her back to New York City with DataKind. Ada holds a B.S. in Finance and Information Systems with a minor in Operations Management from Fairfield University.
Individual Giving Lead
When Quentin learned about DataKind’s mission to “harness the power of data science in the service of humanity,” he was ready make a donation to the cause and decided to join the team as Individual Giving Lead instead. After a very successful 20+ year career in digital media leveraging data for America’s largest corporations, Quentin now focuses on the power of machine learning and AI for the greater social good. He does this by carefully aligning the interests of both emerging and established philanthropist with the needs of DataKind’s nonprofit partners around the globe. Quentin lives in NYC and cooks, travels, and plays Settlers of Catan and dominoes with his fiancee, Jenn.
Senior Manager, Experience Design
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.
Founder and Executive Director of DataKind, 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.
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.
Director of Civic Projects in the Technology and Civic Engagement group at Microsoft Corporation, Elizabeth designs and executes strategic partnerships to leverage technology for civic priorities. Previously, she worked on technology, research, and science policy at the U.S. House of Representatives and the National Academy of Sciences. Her B.A. is from Swarthmore College and her M.S. and Ph.D. are in Computational Physics from the University of Chicago.
Co-Founder and President at GlobalGiving. Mari co-founded GlobalGiving with Dennis Whittle, and currently leads the organization. Before GlobalGiving, she worked at the World Bank where she managed and created some of the Bank's most innovative projects.
Director of Strategy and Assessment at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Jon manages research and evaluation initiatives across Knight Foundation’s focus areas of civic innovation, journalism and media, and the arts, supporting a data-driven approach to strategy and advancing knowledge in the field.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
U.S. Chief Data Scientist. DJ has held roles across academia, industry, government at places like LinkedIn, eBay and PayPal. In 2015, he was named the White House's first ever Chief Data Scientist and Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy.
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.
Executive director of New York City's Center for Economic Opportunity. Matt previously served as Executive Director 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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