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Meet Heidi, Our Senior Network Strategist
March 22, 2016

With a Chapter network spanning the globe, we have been blown away by the talented volunteers working in partnership with social change organizations worldwide to leverage data science to tackle tough issues like supporting change in Irish prisons, improving local governance in India, or even helping to stop the spread of disease.

To help us build off this exciting momentum and ensure we are maximizing our collective impact as a network, we're so pleased to welcome Heidi Gatty to the team as our Senior Network Specialist. Learn more about Heidi below and join us in welcoming her to the DataKind family!

What were you up to before you came to DataKind?

I ran the Acceleration Services Program at Citizen Engagement Lab, supporting and mentoring an amazing and dynamic array of leaders who use technology to create longstanding change in their communities. I’ve become an expert in nonprofit infrastructure through work at Tides, developing and leading the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors, and through my own consulting practice. I love helping people turn their vision into reality, a skill I developed from my theatrical background as a professional stage manager.

How did you hear about DataKind?

DataKind's Managing Director of Capital & Growth Julia Rhodes Davis introduced me to DataKind and to Jake Porway. I was instantly taken by the idea of leveraging the power of data for social good and by Jake’s passion and vision.

Tell us about your role - what will you be working on?

I will be working with JeanCarlo and the Programs team to examine the Chapter structure and to help harvest the learnings to help DataKind and our Chapters to achieve greater impact. I am very excited to bring a decade of experience in network development and my expertise in governance structures to DataKind to help our Chapters grow from the inside out.

What inspires you most about using data science for good?

I’m really inspired by the opportunity to work collaboratively with data scientists, nonprofit leaders, and civic institutions. The issues that we face as a society, and the issues that we are focused on at DataKind defy easy answers and it is only by working together and breaking down barriers that we can hope to achieve longstanding social change.

When you’re not busy using data science to change the world, what do you like to do in your free time?

I am very active at my children’s school through PTA and other community leadership roles. There is nothing more important that I do with my time than being engaged in their learning. My husband and I love to take our girls hiking and camping in the summer and skiing in the winter.

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