Mary Abraham is a knowledge management leader and law firm consultant. She has also built a practice facilitating strategic conversations and interactive educational sessions for a variety of nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Active in the legal industry for over 22 years, she practiced corporate law at a top-tier international firm and helped lead its knowledge management efforts. Mary has served on the advisory boards of the Practical Law Company and KMers.org (an online forum for knowledge management personnel worldwide), and was a member of the conference planning committee for the International Legal Technology Association from 2009 to 2012. In 2013 she joined the faculty of Columbia University’s Masters of Science in Information and Knowledge Strategy. She is a frequent speaker and writer on knowledge management, technology and social media issues. Mary contributes to the Law Technology Today column sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Section and her blog, AboveandBeyondKM.com, continues to win commendations and readers.
Professor Alsfour teaches business and research courses focused on distance learning, higher education, and human resource management. Examining the intersection of technology, data and education. As a business department chair, he provides oversight and monitoring over all aspects of the academic programs, curriculum, faculty, and co-curricular activities are in compliance with OLC policies procedures, Lakota Perspective, Institutional Effectiveness Plan, Assessment requirements and Enrollment Management Plan. Alsfour ensures that the department and programs continuously improves and meets OLC expectations for institutional effectiveness and works closely with the Vice President for Instruction to ensure that the department and the college meet the mission and vision of Oglala Lakota College.
Steve Barnes is an American science fiction writer, lecturer, creative consultant, and human performance technician.Barnes has written several episodes of The Outer Limits and Baywatch. He has also written the episode “Brief Candle” for Stargate SG-1 and the Andromeda episode “The Sum of Its Parts”. Barnes’s first published piece of fiction, the 1979 novelette “The Locusts”,was written with Larry Niven, and was a Hugo Award nominee.
Raheem Beyah, a native of Atlanta, Ga., is the Motorola Foundation Professor and Associate Chair for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech, where he leads the Communications Assurance and Performance Group (CAP) and is a member of the Institute for Information Security & Privacy (IISP) and the Communications Systems Center (CSC). Prior to returning to Georgia Tech, Dr. Beyah was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Georgia State University, a research faculty member with the Georgia Tech CSC, and a consultant in Andersen Consulting’s (now Accenture) Network Solutions Group. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University in 1998. He received his Masters and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1999 and 2003, respectively. Dr. Beyah has served as a Guest Editor for MONET and is currently an Associate Editor of the (Wiley) Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Journal. His research interests include network security, wireless networks, network traffic characterization and performance, and critical infrastructure security. He received the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2009 and was selected for DARPA’s Computer Science Study Panel in 2010. He is a member of AAAS, ASEE, a lifetime member of NSBE, a senior member of IEEE, and an ACM Distinguished Scientist.
Seven years experience as an Internet strategist, developer and consultant; serving luminaries and prominent organizations from Capitol Hill to Hollywood. Veteran tech writer/journalist, penning essays and articles that spark general readership awareness around developing technology trends. Keenly interested in how emerging technologies can bring meaningful shiftsof power and influence, for the enrichment of world culture. Digital power without guiding values is might without meaning
Marco A. Davis, provides strategic insight and advice to New Profit’s Focus Funds, field leadership, and portfolio investing practices to identify opportunities for engaging new populations and communities, increasing pipeline diversity and enhancing equity and inclusiveness in the social entrepreneurship space.
A Fellow at The Aspen Institute, offered by The Business and Society Program, Jorge has demonstrated a long-term commitment and career focused on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), or the intersection of corporate profitability and social value. He has in-depth experience managing brands, launching new products and leading national, integrated marketing campaigns across a variety of sectors including Consumer Goods, Mining and Minerals, Automotive and Financial Services. Jorge is passionate about corporate citizenship and purpose-driven marketing programs that engage internal and external stakeholders online and offline with an insights-based approach.
Glenn currently works at Uber in Washington D.C., where he focuses on building strategic partnerships with community and nonprofit organizations. Previously, he worked in executive communications at Google, at an education advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. and at a D.C.-based Democratic polling/strategic consulting firm, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner. Following college, he became a contributor to The Huffington Post’s Denver web site, writing about politics and local affairs. Malcom Glenn was the president of The Harvard Crimson, the daily student newspaper of Harvard University, in 2008. He made national news as the first African American president of The Crimson in over a half-century.
Christian Howard is a narrative designer focused on how data science, culture and humanity need stories for context and clarity. Currently Narrative Design Lead and Dir. of Partnerships at Hidden Level Games, the studio that created Beta the Game — an internationally successful platformer that teaches players the fundamentals of game design and code simultaneously — Christian designs systems and clearly defined models for organizations to support the efforts of non-dominant communities as they become impactful creators and problem solvers. Teaching is an integral part of Christian’s creative and scholarly practices. He has taught courses in Creative Writing; Technology, Culture and Society; HipHop; Interactive Design and more at Cornell University and New York University Tandon School of Engineering, and has guest lectured at Columbia University and other institutions. Christian also consults as a teaching artist and narrative designer with companies and organizations in the US and internationally. He is the 2016 Game Design Fellow at the Rap Research Lab. Christian earned degrees from Cornell University and the University of Miami.
Pauline Kim is a nationally recognized expert in law governing the workplace, including issues of privacy and discrimination, and the impact of data analytics in the workplace. Her current work focuses on the use of big data in the workplace and the implications for employee privacy and workplace discrimination. She co-directs Washington University’s Center for Empirical Research in the Law and is Past-President of the Society for Empirical Legal Studies. With Marion Crain and Michael Selmi, she co-authored one of the leading textbooks on employment law, Work Law: Cases and Materials, now in its 3rd edition. She was principal investigator on a two year NSF-funded research project on government-initiated employment discrimination litigation in the federal courts. Before joining the faculty, Professor Kim clerked for The Honorable Cecil F. Poole on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Following her clerkship, she was the Félix Velarde-Muñoz Fellow, and later a staff attorney, at the Employment Law Center/Legal Aid Society of San Francisco. In 2007-08, she was the inaugural John S. Lehmann Research Professor, and from 2008-2010, she served as the school’s Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development. She is a member of the Labor Law Group and the American Law Institute, and served as an Adviser to the ALI’s Restatement of Employment Law.
KellyAnne works to provide education, mentorship and positive learning spaces for children and adults. Luma Lab offers curriculum to children through after school programs and summer camps, and “deep-dive” training and workshops for young adults committed to joining the innovation economy.
Hosan Lee is Founder and CEO of Table Tribes. This awesome startup leverages technology to connect people, to exchange ideas and share information face-to-face. Hosan’s work focuses on the practical application of research in social and emotional intelligence development. The goal is to change the way people relate to one another, and the world-at-large, by facilitating more meaningful interpersonal engagement through design and technology, starting with empathy as the targeted outcome. She works with media companies and content creators to activate online content into offline conversations, creating outlets for people to go from the comment sections and news feeds into the real world. Hosan’s Radius Project recently convened dozens of perfect strangers in D.C. to discuss “controversial” issues of substantive importance – race, class, religion and politics.
Andy has worked in telecommunications policy for several years at both the federal and state levels. Most recently, he helped manage the California LifeLine program at the California Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco. Andy also previously worked in both government affairs and public outreach at Public Knowledge in Washington, DC, and is a former NHMC Policy Fellow. Andy earned a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from UC-Berkeley and a B.A. in History from Stanford University. A proud graduate of both the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) and the Public Policy and International Affairs Institute (PPIA) leadership programs, Andy is passionate about helping build the pipeline to policy careers for students from traditionally underserved backgrounds. Andy lives and works out of Washington, DC, where he can typically be found at Nationals Park or at the National Zoo.
Mary Madden is a veteran technology researcher, writer and public speaker, having worked to understand trends in American internet users’ behaviors and attitudes for more than a decade. She is currently a Researcher for the Data & Society Research Institute where she is leading an initiative to understand the privacy and security experiences of low-SES populations. Supported by a grant from the Digital Trust Foundation, the project will provide freely accessible data to researchers working in this area and will seek to answer key questions that can help to ground current policy conversations and debates about privacy and security in the digital age.
Taylor Moore is CDT’s Free Expression Fellow. Her work focuses on preserving the Internet as a global platform for speech and association, democratic accountability, the free exchange of information and ideas, and the freedom of thought. She previously served as the Google Policy Fellow for Public Knowledge, where she was involved in advocacy work related to net neutrality, intellectual property, and internet governance. Taylor also served as the fellow for the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice, where she supported new paradigms for the creation, management, and exploitation of knowledge resources, and worked within a wide spectrum of IP stakeholders. Before graduating from Howard University School of Law, she worked as a law clerk for Commissioner Mignon Clyburn at the FCC and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Lateef Mtima is a Professor of Law and the Founder and Director of the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice at the Howard University School of Law (HUSL). A member of the HUSL law faculty since 1998, Professor Mtima teaches and writes in the areas of bankruptcy and debtors and creditors’ rights, commercial law, torts, and intellectual property law, with emphases in the areas of software and Internet issues, and the digital divide. Professor Mtima serves as the Chair of the Howard University Intellectual Property Committee, which implements the University’s technology transfer and intellectual property policy. Professor Mtima practiced with Coudert Brothers in New York and San Francisco until 1996, and was later Of Counsel to the Philadelphia firm of Klehr, Harrison. He received his B.S. from Amherst College and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Terry O’Neill, a feminist attorney, professor and activist for social justice, was elected president of NOW in June 2009. She is also president of the NOW Foundation and chair of the NOW Political Action Committee, and serves as the principal spokesperson for all three entities. O’Neill oversees NOW’s multi-issue agenda, which includes: advancing reproductive rights and justice, promoting racial justice, stopping violence against women, winning civil and human rights for the LGBTQIA community, ensuring economic justice, ending sex discrimination and achieving constitutional equality for women.
Spencer A. Overton specializes in voting rights and campaign finance, and he is the Director of the Political Law Studies Initiative. His academic articles on election law have appeared in several leading law journals, including the Texas Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and the Michigan Law Review. Professor Overton’s book Stealing Democracy: The New Politics of Voter Suppression was published and released by W.W. Norton.
Ramona Miranda Ortega is the founder and CEO My Money My Future [Mi Dinero Mi Futuro], a mission driven financial-tech company that empowers Latinas to manage their money with confidence by creating culturally relevant financial content that connects them to curated financial products. Mi Dinero recently launched at www.midineromifuturo.com and produces a Daily Newsletter (Money Talk for Latinas by Latinas). The company is currently building out a personal finance platform that will provide financial advice and money tools to Latino Millennials with the aim of increasing wealth in the Latino community.
Tina Park has had significant experience in leading innovative research within healthcare organizations. At Johnson & Johnson’s Global Strategic Design Office she pioneered a design research team implementing innovative research methods that uncover the voice of the patient. She has also held research posts at Stanford University Hospital working on Project HealthDesign–a grant funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation on Diabetes management. She is currently an adjunct instructor in The School of Visual Arts’ masters program, Design for Social Innovation. Tina holds a B.F.A. from Pratt Institute and an M.F.A. from Art Center College of Design. Her work has been published in several textbooks and international journals.
Dr. John A. Powell is the Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, which brings together researchers and scholars, community partners, strategic communicators, and policymakers to identify and eliminate the barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society and to create transformative change toward a more equitable world. john is a Professor of Law and Professor of African American Studies and Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley and holds the Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion.
Jason Resendez is the executive director of the LatinosAgainstAlzheimer’s Network and Coalition, a national initiative that drives awareness and action on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in the Latino community. In 2014, the LatinosAgainstAlzheimer’s Network launched the nation’s first-ever coalition of Latino advocacy and health organizations to address dementia’s growing impact on the Latino community and the nation through coordinated advocacy and awareness raising efforts. LatinosAgainstAlzheimer’s is a network of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, a disruptive and inclusive advocacy organization focused on stopping Alzheimer’s by 2025. Jason currently serves as an external advisor to several key initiatives in the technology and aging space, including AT&T’s Advisory Panel on Access and Aging, the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), and the Administration for Community Living’s Hispanic Technical Expert Board. Jason serves as the co-chair of the diversity advisory committee of the National Alzheimer’s & Dementia Patient & Caregiver-Powered Research Network, funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).
Rashad leads the Color Of Change team in developing strategies powerful enough to change the rules that affect Black people’s lives. Color Of Change campaigns have won justice for Black people hurt or killed by anti-Black violence, putting local authorities on notice for their abuses. They have prevented attempts to suppress the Black vote, and eliminated certain voter intimidation tactics from the conservative playbook. Long-term strategic initiatives targeting corporate industries have, for example, forced news and entertainment outlets to represent Black people accurately and fairly, and acknowledge their role in creating dangerously widespread implicit bias. Under Rashad’s leadership, Color Of Change continues to seize opportunities for advancing the power, freedom and wellbeing of Black workers, students, families, farmers, immigrants and others, wherever their freedom is limited or threatened.
As founder and CEO of Givkwik, Jason drives the execution of the company’s collective vision. From his 13 years on Wall Street, he has a deep understanding of how financial technology can be used to not only increase profits but improve lives. Headquartered in New York City. Givkwik connects companies, causes and communities by offering turnkey solutions for cause marketing and employee engagement. A mission driven technology company driven to help other companies achieve greater social impact for their brands, Givkwik specializes in simplifying philanthropy in order to amplify its impact.
Aaron Saunders is CEO of Clearly Innovative and founder of Luma Lab. Saunders started Luma Lab in Washington, D.C., to teach children from underrepresented groups how to code, design and program. Luma Lab recently won a $100,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase for its STEM education program. Saunders has been honored at SXSW at the WeDC House after Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser announced in February that the city had selected Luma Lab to run the city’s first technology and innovation incubator, which will launch this fall with the purpose of supporting diverse entrepreneurs and local startups and giving them the tools, resources and workspace to develop and grow. The incubator will be housed on Howard University’s campus. Aaron has over twenty years of experience in software and mobile development. Aaron is an expert with developing mobile applications for both Android and iOS platforms. In addition to using the Appcelerator Framework, he has developed applications using Objective-C, Java, the Android SDK, PhoneGap and Ionic. He continues to educate clients about the power of technology and demonstrate the business value it adds to their organizations. Aaron is a thought leader in mobile development and is actively involved with the DC Tech community.
Carmen joined the NHMC’s Policy Team in Washington, D.C. in July 2016. She is very passionate about NHMC’s telecommunications and media work. As a native of Puerto Rico, Carmen is looking forward to advocating for policies that address the needs of the Latino community. Prior to joining NHMC, Carmen worked as a contractor for the Department of Justice and assisted in investigations alleging financial fraud against federal agencies and federal healthcare programs. Most notably, Carmen helped recoup millions of dollars in a national False Claims Act whistleblower lawsuit alleging Medicare fraud. She also worked at the DOJ Office of Legislative Affairs on large document requests received from Congressional oversight committees. Carmen earned her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law where she was an Associate Editor for the Villanova Law Review and a Co-Chair of the Honor Board.
Prior to launching SPQR Strategies, Tim Sparapani served as the first Director of Public Policy at Facebook. During his time there, Tim was responsible for developing and implementing the social media giant’s interaction with federal, state, local and international governments, as well as with opinion and policy makers. He managed these roles as the company grew from 150 million to more than 900 million active users, and from 350 employees to more than 3,000. A frequent public speaker on topics related to emerging technologies, Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, from Georgetown University, and a J.D. from the law school at the University of Michigan.
As the Co-Founder and Principal of Zago, Manuel Toscano helps his clients bridge business and design by combining an expertise in innovation with compelling visual storytelling. In 1996 he joined New York design firm Zago, an Independent Award-Winning Strategy and Design consultancy. Under his leadership the studio broadened its scope of services, leveraging design, visual media, and digital innovation to reach target audiences and foster environmental, cultural, and social change.
Clare is a Strategist at Zago, a boutique strategic communications and visual design studio, where she works with social change organizations to align their operations and advocacy with their vision. After receiving her a MA in International Development from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School University, she sought to find projects that used a design thinking and other creative approaches to social challenges. She is passionate about civic participation, social justice, and environmental issues and enjoys working on diverse projects and issues within these areas.
Deepthi Welaratna leads the team at Thicket Labs. For the last 15 years she’s helped launch products, movements, and ventures at the intersection of research, community, and technology. Through her strategic consulting at the intersection of markets, policy, and communities, Deepthi has worked with global brands and fortune 500 companies. Her award-winning communications campaigns have engaged communities globally in understanding and reshaping complex policy issues that affect their lives.
She was born and raised in Baltimore, MD and currently lives in Washington, D.C. Currently, a student at George Mason University, studying for a M.S in Educational Psychology, Grace researches how people make and create things using technology, art, and digital media. She researched how people learn and build inclusive learning environments at the Hirschhorn Museum’s ARTLAB+ and makerspaces in Detroit and Baltimore. Prior to Code for Progress, grace also worked as an educator at Baltimore Clayworks, independent schools, and has worked at Teaching for Change. She has a B.A in Theatre from the University of Maryland, College Park.
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Dr. Maya Rockeymoore leads Global Policy Solutions, a Washington, DC-based policy firm that makes policy work for people and their environments. A former adjunct professor in the Women in Politics Institute at American University, Maya has also served as the vice president of research and programs at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), senior resident scholar at the National Urban League, chief of staff to Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY), professional staff on the House Ways and Means Committee, and as a CBCF legislative fellow in the office of Congressman Melvin Watt (D-NC) among other positions. Maya’s areas of expertise include health, social insurance, income security, education, women’s issues and youth civic participation. She is the author of The Political Action Handbook: A How to Guide for the Hip-Hop Generation and co-editor of Strengthening Community: Social Insurance in a Diverse America among many other articles and chapters. Rockeymoore serves on the board of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and the National Association of Counties and is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. The recipient of many honors, she was named an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow in 2004 and is the recipient of Running Start’s 2007 Young Women to Watch Award.
Monica is the founder and principal of Vista Strategies. She has over ten years of experience in the public, non-profit, and private sectors. She is a skilled communicator, strategic thinker, and proven leader who has successfully executed national initiatives. Throughout her career, she has established an extensive network of relationships with leaders in the non-profit, private, and public sectors to pursue policy and advocacy goals. Adept at managing complex issues and working collaboratively with stakeholders, she has spearheaded national coalitions to pursue policy solutions focused on health and economic security. She has also the directed the executive positioning strategies for senior leaders and executives.
Lee-Sean Huang and David Colby Reed are co-founders of Foossa, a community-centered design and strategy consultancy. Foossa works at the intersection of service design, storytelling, and social innovation. Their recent projects include: working with New York City and the Parsons School of Design to co-design financial empowerment services for city residents; collaborating with the European Commission to research new interfaces for large-scale civic debate; and co-creating new experiences at the Kigali Genocide Memorial with Rwandan genocide survivors.