Our Team

Meet the DataKinders! We're headquartered in New York City with Chapters in Bangalore, San Francisco, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and Washington DC. We're a multidisciplinary, global team built up of coders and statisticians, community builders and partnership organizers, all united by a common mission to use data science and AI 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.

Russatta Buford

Chief Operating Officer

Russatta has long been fascinated by how systems can work better and in greater alignment with their purpose. In fact, this interest and her desire to serve people have guided her career, which has spanned multiple sectors - oil & gas, financial services, education, philanthropy, and international development. At DataKind, she brings a systems thinking approach to our operational processes, ranging from talent development to financial systems. A proud daughter of Atlanta, GA and Flint, MI, Russatta has a B.S. in chemical engineering from Florida A&M University and an MBA from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. If she’s not at a play or musical, she can be found exploring a new neighborhood by foot or preferably by bike.

Caitlin Augustin

Director of Product

Caitlin 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!

Quratul Ain

Finance Manager

Quratul is a qualified finance professional with extensive experience in diverse range of nonprofits. She specializes in grant management, financial reporting and analysis, budgeting and forecasting, trend analysis, and quantitative assessment of financial performance. Prior to joining DataKind, she worked as a Finance Officer at Vital Strategies. Quratul holds a Master of Business Administration with distinction from Keller Graduate School of Management and a Bachelors with distinction in advance Mathematics and Statistics and is currently pursuing her CPA. In her leisure time, she enjoys travelling, photography, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.  

Mitali Ayyangar

Portfolio Manager

Mitali brings her expertise in community engagement, program operations, and shared learning to DataKind, serving as the lead on DataKind’s portfolio of projects in Community Health Work. Mitali has witnessed the power of data to be transformative and empowering of the most vulnerable in society. Working in humanitarian and international development for over a decade, and through extensive monitoring and evaluation consulting work, she's developed a profound appreciation for data-driven insights underpinning actionable, impactful decisions. Before joining DataKind, she served as program manager for community-based health and disease surveillance with Médecins Sans Frontières in Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and South Sudan. Mitali loves traveling the world (preferably on her motorcycle) and spending time with her family.

Pinky Chan

Community 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. 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 and previous project involvement within data for social good. When she's not connecting and growing with the DataKind Community, she's out discovering new food flavors in NYC and shredding fresh powder with her snowboard on the slopes.

Melissa DiLoreto

Head of Communications

Melissa comes to DataKind with more than a decade of experience in communications and marketing with a particular focus in technology and nonprofits and a passion for social good. With broadcast journalism at her roots and thought leadership at her core, she's developed influential media relations and social media plans and established senior executives as visionaries in their field. In addition to overseeing a number of successful campaigns and activations, and leading countless media training and public speaking exercises, she's also spearheaded crisis communications initiatives as well as branding strategies, website design, and content development. Prior to DataKind, Melissa was the Managing Director of Elle Communications, a bicoastal social impact PR agency, where she collaborated with nonprofits, social enterprises, CSR teams, ethical brands, and political activists and leaders, all working to make the world a better place. A DC area native, she has a B.A. from American University. When she's not working on the next storytelling opportunity, you can find Melissa exploring Brooklyn and spending time with her family.

Michael Dowd

Data Scientist

Michael is a graduate of MIT with masters degrees in city planning and transportation. He is a data scientist, transportation planner, modeler, coder, GIS expert, and civic data enthusiast. He hails from Seattle, but has lived most of his adult life in NYC. Michael has a pet standard poodle named Dazzle.

Becky Moy

Executive & Office Assistant

Becky provides administrative support to our Founder and Executive Director and office management support to our Director of Operations. Prior to joining DataKind, Becky was a volunteer at Students International where she focused on empowering youth students to explore their creativity and develop their artistic talent at a local art school in Magdalena, Guatemala. She was also a National Office Volunteer at Huntington’s Disease Society of America where she helped in their efforts to improve the lives of people who are affected by Huntington’s disease through health education and outreach. In her free time, she enjoys trying new dessert recipes and writing calligraphy. Becky graduated from Hunter College with a major in Psychology and double-minor in Economics and Media Studies. Fun fact: Becky is a triplet, the middle one!

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.

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.

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.

  • Zia Khan

    As The Rockefeller Foundation’s VP, Innovation, Zia oversees the development of solutions that transform people’s lives through innovative finance, data, technology, and science. He sits on a number of boards and advisory committees helping organizations achieve social impact at scale. Prior to joining The Rockefeller Foundation, Zia was a management consultant advising leaders on strategy and organizational performance.  He holds a B.S. from Cornell University and M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.

  • 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

  • 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. 

  • Jerry Chen

    Partner at Greylock focusing on entrepreneurial investments including all things AI. Prior to this, he was VP at VMware where he launched products and started new business units.  Jerry has a BS, Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School where he was a George F. Baker Scholar.

  • HyeSook Chung

    HyeSook Chung is the President of The Baltimore City Foundation. She served as a Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services where she worked to expand Medicaid, TANF, and CHIP. Prior to serving as Deputy Mayor, HyeSook served as the executive director of DC Action for Children, a child advocacy organization working to bring high impact outcomes to DC children. She's worked to improve the lives of children through direct service, program management, philanthropy, and advocacy for the past 22 years. In addition to her passion to work on behalf of children, she's a data enthusiast whose innovative vision for data work for high-impact social outcomes has been highlighted on the list of The Rockefeller Foundation’s Top 100 Innovative NGO’s, UNICEF, and SXSW EDU. She received a MSW from Boston University with a concentration in nonprofit management. HyeSook is a proud mother of two social activists!

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • Raghu Raghuram

    COO, Products & Cloud Services, VMware, Raghu has held leadership roles in strategy, business & product planning and engineering execution. Prior to VMware, he held senior roles at AOL, Bang Networks and Netscape.  Raghu holds an MBA, Wharton and MA, Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.

  • 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

    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. 


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.