About
Our Team

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.

Our Team

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.

Nicole Iden

Chief Operating Officer

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).

Caitlin Augustin

Director of Product

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 Chan

Network and Experience Associate

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.

Michael Dowd

Data Scientist

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.

Nina Jacinto

Director of Operations

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.

Dave Parry

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.

Magdalen Sangiolo

Head of Business Development

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 Sim

Network Portfolio Manager

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. 

Quentin Walz

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.

Miriam Young

Director of Customer Experience

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.

Our Board

  • Jake Porway

    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.

  • 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.

  • Elizabeth Grossman

    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.

  • Mari Kuraishi

    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.

  • Jon Sotsky

    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.

Our Advisors

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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. 

     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • DJ Patil

    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.

  • 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.

  • Matthew Klein

    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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.           

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

Join the Team

We aim to be at the forefront of this data-driven social change movement and are always looking for visionary team members to help us get there. Check out our latest job opportunities.