Hilary Mason
Hidden Door


Hilary is the Founder of Hidden Door, Data Scientist in Residence at Accel Partners, and former General Manager of Machine Learning at Cloudera, and Founder and CEO of Fast Forward Labs, which was acquired by Cloudera in 2017. She’s on the board of the Anita Borg Institute and an advisor to several companies including Sparkfun Electronics, Wildcard, and Wonder. Hilary served on Mayor Bloomberg’s Technology Advisory Board, and is a member of Brooklyn hacker collective NYC Resistor.

Rediet Abebe
Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows
Co-founder, Black in AI


Rediet Abebe is a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and an incoming Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Abebe holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Cornell University as well as graduate degrees from Harvard University and the University of Cambridge. Her research is in the fields of artificial intelligence and algorithms, with a focus on equity and justice concerns. She co-founded and co-organizes Mechanism Design for Social Good (MD4SG), a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary research initiative working to improve access to opportunity for historically disadvantaged communities. Abebe's research has informed policy and practice at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Ethiopian Ministry of Education. Abebe has been honored in the MIT Technology Reviews' 35 Innovators Under 35, ELLE, and the Bloomberg 50 list as a "one to watch." She has presented her research in venues including National Academy of Sciences, the United Nations, and the Museum of Modern Art. Abebe co-founded Black in AI, a non-profit organization tackling representation and inclusion issues in AI. Her research is deeply influenced by her upbringing in her hometown of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Julia Stoyanovich
Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Center for Data Science |
Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Tandon School of Engineering New York University


Julia's research focuses on responsible data management and analysis practices: on operationalizing fairness, diversity, transparency, and data protection in all stages of the data acquisition and processing lifecycle. She established the Data, Responsibly consortium, and served on the New York City Automated Decision Systems Task Force, by appointment from Mayor de Blasio. Julia developed and is teaching courses on Responsible Data Science at NYU.  She holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Columbia University, and a B.S. in Computer Science and in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  Julia's work has been funded by the NSF, BSF and by industry. She is a recipient of an NSF CAREER award and of an NSF/CRA CI Fellowship. 

Jeannette M. Wing
Avanessians Director of the Data Science Institute and Professor of Computer Science
Columbia University


Jeannette M. Wing is Avanessians Director of the Data Science Institute and Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University. From 2013 to 2017, she was a Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Research. She is Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon where she twice served as the Head of the Computer Science Department and had been on the faculty since 1985. From 2007-2010 she was the Assistant Director of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation. She received her S.B., S.M., and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science, all
from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Karen Bhatia
Senior Vice President
New York City Economic Development Corporation


Karen Bhatia is Senior Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, leading Creative and Applied Tech strategies to promote economic development and entrepreneurship throughout the city. This includes emerging tech initiatives such as NYC's blockchain strategy, launching the first publicly-funded VR/AR Lab in the country, and spearheading the City's Center for Responsible AI & data. Karen is also an attorney, entrepreneur and startup advisor. She was the principal of her own law firm advising tech startups on corporate issues, financing and overall business strategy. As an entrepreneur, Karen founded ActionCam, an educational platform explaining public policy issues and providing resources for people to take action. Karen also founded Stanford Startups NY, a business network of over 800 Stanford entrepreneurs and investors in the region. She is an advisor to several tech organizations and also on Board of Trustees of Mott Hall, a middle school in the South Bronx. Raised in Queens, Karen has a B.A. from Stanford University, a Master's degree in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a J.D. from George Washington University Law School.

Kelly Jin
Chief Analytics Officer and Director, Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics
City of New York


Kelly Jin is Chief Analytics Officer for the City of New York and Director of the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics. Kelly brings over a decade of diverse public service and data analytics consulting experience to the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics. She pairs a broad range of analytics experience in both the public and private sectors with a deep understanding of policy and strategy for federal, state, and local governments. Prior to the Chief Analytics Officer role, she served as Director at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (now Arnold Ventures) where she identified data-driven investments to support effective state and local government policy making and operations priorities. While helping lead the Foundation's Data-Driven Justice project, she leveraged data and technology to identify more effective, less costly solutions for those frequently involved with local criminal justice and health care systems. Before the Foundation, Kelly worked in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as a policy advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Chief Data Scientist. Kelly also built and co-led the City of Boston’s analytics team, working alongside police officers and firefighters to gain a deeper understanding behind data collection to make informed decisions and recommendations. Her earlier career included advisory roles in the White House Domestic Policy Council, U.S. General Services Administration, and as a management consultant assisting governments in strategic planning, process improvement, and change management. Kelly holds a degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Adrianne Pettiford
Director of Client Insights and Analytics


Dr. Adrianne Pettiford is passionate about using analytics to address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Throughout her career, she has used data to address social issues and business needs across public, private, and voluntary sector organizations. She is the Director of Client Insights and Analytics in the Data Science division at pymetrics, an organization that helps companies make better and fairer people decisions by using behavioral science and ethical AI. In this role, she directs the interdisciplinary team responsible for demonstrating the fairness, validity, and business value delivered across pymetrics’ global portfolio of clients.

Before joining pymetrics, Dr. Pettiford led the Investigative Analytics team within the Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). At EEOC she used statistics to uncover discrimination in workplaces, developed algorithms, and standardized procedures and strategies for attorneys, investigators, and social scientists investigating charges of systemic discrimination.

Dr. Pettiford earned her BA in Sociology from Hampton University, MA in Psychology and Neuroscience from Duke University, and PhD in Developmental Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill.

Dr. Katharina Weghmann
Partner, Forensic & Integrity Services


Katharina and her interdisciplinary team consult clients in measuring, institutionalizing, and building cultures of integrity. Their approach combines data and social sciences with extensive investigation expertise,while particularly leveraging insights from organizational learning, behavioral sciences and forensic data analytics. Katharina holds a doctorate in organizational learning and leadership from Columbia University where she researched whistleblowing in the financial sector after the financial crisis. She teaches at universities in the US and Germany, is author of several publications, and has regular public speaking engagements. Katharina serves on the advisory board of the Reinhard-Mohn-Institute for Corporate Leadership. She was named “Top 40 under 40” managers of Germany by Capital Magazine in 2018 and 2019 and was recognized “25 women that revolutionize our economy” by the major German newspapers Handelsblatt and Die Zeit.

Rachel Rosenberg
Behavioral Scientist
Indeed Hire


Rachel Rosenberg is a Behavioral Scientist at Indeed Hire, where she leads research and develops product strategy at the intersection of human decisionmaking and algorithm-based technology to help people get jobs. Prior to joining the team, Rachel was a Senior Behavioral Scientist at ideas42 – a global behavioral design non-profit – where she managed a portfolio of research that applied behavioral science to address issues of economic justice, workforce diversity, government operations, and community health in partnership with local government and universities. Rachel received her Master’s in Development Economics from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and her B.A. in International Relations and Economics from Stanford University. When she’s not working on behavior change, Rachel loves climbing and hiking, is an expert on plant-based protein, and is really into machine learning applications for causal inference.

Tasha Nagamine
Chief AI Officer
Droice Labs


Tasha specializes in the field of deep learning and neural network interpretability. During her PhD at Columbia University, she developed cutting edge technologies to elucidate the reasoning behind neural network based predictions. As the Chief AI Officer at Droice, she leads the data science team to develop state-of-the-art technology that aims to understand disease through natural language processing.

Amanda DeSantis
Tech Entrepreneur and Advisor


Amanda DeSantis is a technology entrepreneur and sustainability executive who focuses on leveraging data, insights, and innovation to solve public problems.  Amanda has extensive experience in various fields of science and technology, including the built environment, agriculture, and mobility.  She has worked across the public and private sectors, developing industry level and stakeholder partnerships.

Chelsea Donaldson
Head of Data & Insights


Chelsea Donaldson, MS is the Head of Data & Insights at Empatico, an EdTech nonprofit fostering empathy among children around the world. As one of the first employees at Empatico, Chelsea used her psychology background to build the theoretical foundation of this virtual exchange platform by applying research on how children develop empathy for others who are “different.” Soon after, she realized the importance of data and shifted career paths to lead the charge on transforming this early startup into a data-driven nonprofit. In addition to her data work at Empatico, Chelsea is also an expert consultant for the Early Childhood Peace Consortium, sits on the advisory board for two organizations focused on improving child development, and has several international publications in the area of early childhood development, peace building, and sustainable development.

Cathy Cooper
Senior Director, Performance and Insights


Cathy Cooper, is currently Senior Director, Performance and Insights where she leads measurements and analysis for SAP marketing teams across brand, advertising, media and more. Prior she led applying predictive analytics to SAP’s business in marketing, sales and services, driving global processes to enable improved effectiveness and efficiencies. and implementing marketing data strategy, advanced analytics, business intelligence and enablement.  

Prior to SAP, led data, testing, metrics & measurement, and analysis for AT&T, IBM, Kraft, Gannett, American Institute of Certified Public Accounts and at Wunderman.

Rita Ko
The Hive (Innovation Lab at USA for UNHCR)


Rita Ko is the Director of The Hive, the innovation lab at USA for UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency). She heads a multidisciplinary team that applies data science and machine learning to build awareness and support for refugees. Recognized as one of the most innovative not for profits in the world by Fast Company in 2017, The Hive prototypes new solutions to change the conversation around refugees in the United States. Previously, Rita worked at the Vancouver Mayor’s Office as Former Mayor Gregor Robertson’s Director of Operations where she advanced public policy priorities such as becoming the greenest city in the world by 2020, and successfully elected Mayor Robertson for three consecutive terms. In 2017, Rita was named by LinkedIn on their Next Wave List as one of the top 10 professionals under 35 in social impact. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with honors from the University of Toronto, and MBA from Cornell University.

Debra McGrory
Co-Founder at Sonify


Debra is Co-founder of Sonify, Adjunct Faculty at The New School and former Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Datavized Technologies. She is recognized for designing data-driven and research based approaches to spatial computing with a focus on how data, tools and emerging technologies can be used for civic engagement, social impact and journalism. Debra developed and teaches MFA Design and Technology courses at The New School Parsons School of Design and data visualization and storytelling at the Schools of Public Engagement. She serves on the Faculty Committee of the RLab in NYC.

Nancy Fessatidis
VP - Analytics


Nancy is a Data Analytics and Marketing Operations executive with a track record of building and transforming organizations through data-driven innovations and operational excellence, at iconic brands such as American Express and SAP.  She has extensive experience creating data science/AI capabilities from the ground up, operationalizing them in critical business processes, and scaling them through offshoring and automation to achieve growth and efficiencies.


Today, Nancy is VP of Analytics at Merkle, where she leads the day-to-day operation and the delivery of media analytics solutions across multiple brands within Dentsu Aegis Network.  She is also a mentor for the Female Foundry, a program that supports the development of female-founded start-ups by providing access to tools, training, connections, and resources that empower female entrepreneurs to thrive in a more diverse and inclusive digital economy. 


In 2015, Nancy was recognized by the Association of National Advertisers with the Marketing Genius Award for Excellence in Analytics-Driven Strategy for her work at SAP.  


She holds a Master’s in Operations Research from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Queens College.

Pamela Pavliscak
Pratt Institute


Pamela is a tech emotionographer focused on affective computing, emotional design, and ethics. As faculty at Pratt Institute, she teaches next-gen designers and developers. As a creative strategist, she collaborates with organizations like Google, IKEA, and Virgin to craft emotionally intelligent experiences. She’s working on two new ventures—Empathic Studio, for the creation of heartfelt and humankind design, and SoundingBox, a research tool that blends machine and human emotional intelligence. Pamela currently serves on The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems and the working group for IEEE standard P7014 for Ethical Considerations in Emulated Empathy in Autonomous and Intelligent Systems. Her work has been featured in Slate, NPR, and Quartz and she’s spoken at SXSW, TEDx, and TNW. Her book, Emotionally Intelligent Design, charts a tech future with feeling.


Elena Grewal
Data 2 the People


Elena Grewal is a data science executive who recently founded a grassroots project called Data 2 the People to mobilize data scientists to support progressive candidates and enable governments to  use data more effectively. Prior to starting Data 2 the People, she led Data Science at Airbnb, and built one of the most diverse and highest performing data science functions in the industry (over 200 data scientists with 42% women and 12% under-represented minorities). Elena graduated from Yale University with a degree in Ethics, Politics, and Economics, and received a Ph.D. from Stanford University in the Economics of Education.

Caitlin Augustin
Senior Director of Product


Caitlin is the Senior Director of Product at DataKind, a global nonprofit that harnesses the power of data science and AI in the service of humanity. A lifelong Girl Scout, Caitlin was hungry to combine her passion for volunteering and her STEM knowledge as an undergraduate (and graduate) student at the University of Miami. She co-founded a chapter of Engineers Without Borders and kicked off a decade of volunteering her science and technology skills in the service of humanity. After stints in academia and the education industry, participating as a DataCorps team member with DataKind inspired Caitlin to a career in the nonprofit sector. As Senior Director of Product at DataKind, Caitlin is responsible for delivering DataKind's core products, ensuring that high quality, impactful data science interventions are delivered within the social sector.

Claire Le Gal
Senior Vice President for Fraud Intelligence and Strategy


Claire Le Gal currently is Senior Vice President, responsible for the Fraud Intelligence and Strategy team in the Cyber & Intelligence Solutions division at Mastercard.  In that role, she is responsible for a variety of global functions, including fraud reporting & analytics, cyber security solution development, and the execution of strategic initiatives to ensure that the integrity of the MasterCard payment systems is maintained as payment technologies evolve.  Claire also chairs the MasterCard Global Fraud Advisory Council and Global Payment Integrity Coalition.

Claire holds a BBA in International Business from Schiller International University in Paris, France and an MBA from Columbia University.

Ru-fong Cheng, MD
Senior Director, Women’s Health
Johnson & Johnson


Ru Cheng is a Senior Director on the Women’s Health Team within the Office of the Chief Medical Officer at Johnson & Johnson. She is responsible for driving research using real-world data to generate actionable insights to better the health of women through health care solutions tailored specifically for women. Ru is a board-certified Obstetrician Gynecologist physician whose career has spanned both academic medicine and global clinical development research in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. She has extensive experience with clinical data generation, interpretation and synthesis of data insights into action. Ru holds a BA in Chemistry from Duke University and a MD from The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Barbara Cvenic
Senior Podcast Content Analyst


Barbara has 5+ years of experience in operations, marketing, product, and data analytics. Currently she harnesses Spotify’s platform data to help inform the company’s original and exclusive podcast strategy. Previously, she was at Slack, focused on building out self-services analytics for teams across the company. Before that, she led the Data Science & Analytics team at, using data to help build new products, improve existing features,  inform business strategy, and provide data-science-as-a-service to over 150 employees across 6 teams. She is largely self-taught.

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