Our Team

Meet the DataKinders! We're headquartered in New York City with Chapters in Bengaluru, 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

Lauren Woodman

Chief Executive Officer

Lauren has spent 25 years working at the intersection of technology, development, and policy. Most recently, she was the CEO of NetHope, a consortium of 60 of the largest global nonprofits and tech companies from 2014-2020. Before that, she held a variety of positions in the private sector, government, and the UN, including managing Microsoft’s global education and government programs for more than a decade and serving as an executive at the Software and Information Industry Association. Currently, she is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Board of Stewards for its Initiative on Digital Economy and its Trustworthy Data Collaboration. Lauren holds degrees from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and Smith College. She lives in Seattle with her partner and two daughters.

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.

Afua Bruce

Chief Program Officer

Afua joined DataKind from New America, where she was the Director of Engineering for the Public Interest Technology program. At New America, Afua oversaw projects in technology and policy to improve outcomes in criminal justice reform, foster care, immigration, the opioid epidemic, and more. She also supervised the Public Interest Technology University Network. Previously, she spent several years leading science and technology strategy and program management in the Federal government—as the Executive Director of the White House's National Science and Technology Council and in a variety of positions at the FBI. Prior to joining the Federal government, Afua started her career as a software engineer at IBM. Afua holds a degree in Computer Engineering from Purdue University, and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

 

Caitlin Augustin

Senior Director, Product

Caitlin is responsible for delivering DataKind's core offerings, ensuring that high quality, impactful data science interventions are created in partnership with social sector leaders. Prior to DataKind, Caitlin worked as a research scientist at a digital education company and as an engineering professor at NYU. A lifelong volunteer, she's engaged with Central Florida's nonprofit community and the organizer of the Orlando Lady Developers Meetup. Caitlin holds a BSIE and a PhD from the University of Miami. Go Canes!

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.

Phil Azar

Technical Lead

Phil is a data scientist who believes statistics should be simplified and analytics be accessible. Prior to DataKind, he worked as a data scientist for a large retailer, a research analyst for a media company and a math teacher. A lifelong learner, he keeps up with the latest in machine learning, data science and civic tech. When not trying to solve the world's pressing problems with data, Phil enjoys running, cooking and writing. 

 

Caroline Charrow

Senior Manager, Network

Caroline loves building communities of passionate people working towards a more equitable world. She comes to DataKind with over a decade of experience connecting geographically dispersed staff and volunteers at Teach For America and Khan Academy, and has seen firsthand the impact that building relationships and sharing knowledge across networks can have on empowering people to take local actions that combine into a global movement. Caroline holds dual B.S. degrees in Brain & Cognitive Science and Anthropology from MIT and an M.S.Ed. in Science Education from Lehman College. Caroline lives in the Bay Area, and outside of work she enjoys reading, baking, and exploring local parks with her toddler.

Shiny Chu

Associate, Operations

Shiny has always been passionate about working in the social sector and international development. Through marrying her interests in operations and the public sector, she hopes to make an impact on global development and sustainability. Before coming to DataKind, Shiny worked in Dubai as a consultant where she helped develop a multimillion dollar startup business plan, redesigned a major nonprofit’s business model, and led the operationalization of several international days at Expo2020. Prior to this, she was an intern for Congresswoman Torres, a law clerk, and a research assistant at the Burkle Center for International Relations. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and History with a minor in Global Studies from UCLA. Shiny loves photography, making spreadsheets for fun, backpacking in faraway places, and petting dogs.

Melissa DiLoreto

Director, Communications

Melissa comes to DataKind with almost two decades 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.

Asnat Ghebremedhin

Associate, Business Development

Asnat brings her program management experience from an organization aimed to improve the livelihoods of refugees in Northern Ethiopia. There she facilitated partnerships with donors and the UNHCR. She's optimistic that vibrant collaboration and data-driven solutions have the potential to tackle complex global challenges. Asnat is pursuing a M.S. in Applied Urban Science and Informatics from New York University. In her free time, she can be found on the hunt to find the best chilaquiles verdes.

Raina Han

Senior Director, Development

Raina brings more than a decade of experience building philanthropic partnerships, primarily in international and sustainable development. Prior to DataKind, at The Asia Foundation, she led initiatives that aligned corporate social impact strategies with programs in STEM education and equity, workforce development, and inclusive economic resilience and growth to increase access to opportunity for underserved women and underrepresented communities across the Asia-Pacific. She also spearheaded efforts to raise the profile around the organization’s data for development portfolio. Outside of the office, Raina enjoys practicing yoga, baking, and exploring the great outdoors with her partner and Spotje, a labrottie rescue.

Sophia Harms

Manager, Technology

Having come to technology through software support and from community organizing, Sophia is uniquely user-focused. Her work is rooted in the belief that technology does the greatest good for the greatest number when it is widely accessible and easily usable. Before joining DataKind, she worked with political and nonprofit organizations to find creative answers to CRM and digital engagement needs. Earlier in her career, she ran data-driven field campaigns for voting rights. Sophia is originally from the Flint Hills of Kansas where the grass grows tall and the rule "do no harm" runs deep. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and reading.

Gwen Hopkins

Director, Operations

Gwen is passionate about increasing the efficacy of social sector talent and organizations. Prior to becoming DataKind’s Director, Operations, she held the same title at Global Health Corps (GHC), where she led the team responsible for IT, facilities, compliance, and global fellowship operations. During her time at GHC, Gwen supported the design and rollout of two strategic plans, improved processes and systems for increased impact and sustainability, and created a series of interventions to mitigate unconscious bias in fellow admissions. Previously, she worked in public health at the service delivery level, providing technical assistance to community clinics and public hospitals, and the policy level, coordinating civil society convenings with the Aspen Institute at conferences like the UN and WHO annual assemblies. Gwen started her career on Teach for America’s recruitment team after receiving a B.A. in English from Trinity College, where she also minored in Women, Gender, & Sexuality.

Larry Kilroy

Director, Technology

Larry comes to DataKind with more than 20 years of experience at the intersection of technology strategy, organizational development, policy leadership, product management, and communications. He's a technical strategist with a history of developing globally-reaching, data-driven solutions that span environmental and social justice campaigns, international development and fair trade, and internal operations to enable top performance. Larry has been tapped as an advisor and speaker by iconic consumer brands and nonprofit organizations on data systems, security, and transparency. He often wonders how his BA in Medieval History from Washington College led to all of this, but he's grateful it did. Originally from the hills of western Massachusetts, Larry spends his free time searching for new sights, sounds, and tastes in his adopted home cities of Washington DC and New York.

Shanna Lee

Director, Global Volunteers

Shanna thrives at the opportunity to work alongside empowered volunteers and communities toward a better world! She brings 12 years of volunteer engagement, community engagement, strategy, public health, and partnership experience to DataKind. She previously worked at the American Cancer Society, a volunteer based public health nonprofit organization fighting cancer. Her most recent work involved organizational strategic leadership within volunteer-staff partnership, health equity, skills-based volunteerism, training, and young professional engagement. She's a volunteer with Catchafire, a skills-based volunteer organization that connects volunteer professionals with nonprofits. Shanna holds a B.S. in Exercise Science and a M.S. in Food and Nutrition from Florida State University. In her spare time, you can find Shanna salsa dancing, listening to music, or traveling.

 

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

Senior Manager, Partnerships

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.

Nelsa Peña

Senior Manager, Human Resources

Nelsa comes to DataKind with over ten years of human resources experience mainly in the nonprofit sector. In her most recent role, she was the Manager of HR and Administration at Affiliates Risk Management Services (ARMS), a nonprofit that helps Planned Parenthood Affiliates across the country reduce risk and enhance patient safety. Nelsa has a strong passion for equity and inclusion, which is present in the work she does in HR. She holds a BBA and a MPA—both with a concentration in Human Resources and Personnel Management—from Bernard Baruch College. Nelsa enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Mallory Sheff

Portfolio Manager

Hailing from both France and the U.S., Mallory has been working in health and social impact for over a decade across countries -- South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, and Tanzania -- and time zones. She has leveraged her international expertise and cross-cultural knowledge to collaborate with experts in academia, policy, and nonprofit organizations, bridging the gap between resources and the populations who need them. Mallory applies systems thinking and data driven decision-making to all the work that she does, celebrating complexity as a key component of projects rooted in the real world. Mallory holds an MPH in Epidemiology from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and a BA in International Development Studies from The George Washington 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.

Rachel Wells

Senior Manager, Center of Excellence

Rachel codifies processes, ensures all projects are executed with the highest quality standards, and creates structures to facilitate experimentation and sharing of learnings. Before joining the team, she was a DataKind volunteer, passionate about data science for social good. She has worked at IBM as a Data Scientist and at Innovations for Poverty Action in poverty measurement, capacity building, and research and data support. She was a Baylor University Scholar with a concentration in Mathematics. Rachel lives in Washington, DC, where she enjoys long walks on the Anacostia River Trail. 

 

Jake Porway

Co-Founder & Executive Director Emeritus

A pioneer of the Data for Good movement, Jake is an expert in the field of data and technology. He co-founded DataKind in the hopes of creating a world in which every social organization has access to data capacity to better serve humanity. Jake’s career spans more than a decade in the data science sector as a statistician and computer scientist. Prior to DataKind, he worked as a data scientist for The New York Times R&D Lab. A PopTech Social Innovation Fellow and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, Jake was also noted as one of LinkedIn’s Next Wave Top Professionals 35 & Under, and his efforts have led to DataKind being named one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Nonprofits. Jake holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Statistics from UCLA.

Our Board

  • Rohit Chauhan

    Executive Vice President for Artificial Intelligence at Mastercard. Prior to his current role, Rohit led the Data & Analytics function for the organization. He joined Mastercard in 2006 from M&T Bank where he was leading the Retail Risk Management function. Rohit holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Government Engineering College, Jabalpur, India; a MS in Computer Science and an MBA from State University of New York at Buffalo. ​

  • Elizabeth Grossman

    Expert in strategy, design, and execution of cross-sector collaborations with civic impact. At Microsoft, Elizabeth focused on partnerships that connected programs, policy, and data/technology to strengthen cities and communities. Previously, she worked on technology, research, and science policy at the U.S. House of Representatives and the National Academy of Sciences. Elizabeth's B.A. is from Swarthmore College and her M.S. and Ph.D. are in Computational Physics from the University of Chicago.

     

  • 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.

  • Mari Kuraishi

    President of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund. Prior to heading up the duPont Fund, Mari Co-Founded GlobalGiving with Dennis Whittle, and served as President until 2018. In 2011, Mari was named one of Foreign Policy’s top 100 Global Thinkers for “crowdsourcing worldsaving.” Before GlobalGiving, she worked at the World Bank where she managed and created some of the Bank’s most innovative loans. She's currently on the boards of Candid, DataKind, GlobalGiving, and the Cummer Museum. In addition to her native Japanese, Mari also speaks Russian, Italian, and French. She has an undergraduate degree in history from Harvard University and did graduate work in Russian and Japanese history and politics at Harvard and Georgetown Universities. Mari also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

  • Jon Sotsky

    As the Strategic Impact and Learning Director at the Overdeck Family Foundation, Jon leads impact measurement, research, learning, and the Data for Action grants portfolio. He's spent his career advancing effectiveness in the social sector through data-driven strategy and learning. He previously was the Director of Strategy and Assessment at the Knight Foundation where he guided strategy, research, and evaluation across its funding for journalism, civic innovation, and the arts. Prior to that, Jon was a consultant at Mission Measurement where he advised corporate and private funders as well as education nonprofits on program strategy and measurement. He graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a B.S. degree in Applied Economics & Management. Jon enjoys traveling, improv comedy, the Giants (sometimes), and spending time with his wife and two daughters.

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.