digitalHKS Practitioner Affiliates are a cohort of community builders and thought-leaders on the frontline of technology as it relates to policy, government, governance, and society. They serve digitalHKS and the HKS community at-large through ideas, events, and engagement.
We are pleased to welcome our 2017-2018 digitalHKS Practitioner Affiliates:
Georgia Bullen (@georgiamoon) is the Director of Technology Projects for New America's Open Technology Institute. She currently manages Measurement Lab, and the Public Interest Technology Baseline / Tech for Social Justice Project, and supports work on issues such as Broadband Adoption and Net Neutrality. Her work focuses on the intersection of human-centered design, urban space, and technology – specifically, how applied technologies can improve and facilitate the urban planning process, access to information, and the systems that people use to interact with the places in which they live. Bullen holds a Master of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon.
Nadia Eghbal (@nayafia) explores how we can better support open source infrastructure, highlighting current gaps in funding and knowledge. She published "Roads and Bridges: The Unseen Labor Behind Our Digital Infrastructure" with support from the Ford Foundation. In this report, Nadia Eghbal unpacks the unique challenges facing digital infrastructure, and how we might work together to address them. Nadia is currently building open source community programs at GitHub. She is based in San Francisco.
Beatrice Martini (@beatricemartini) leads the Human Rights Technology program at Aspiration, a nonprofit connecting organizations, foundations and activists with software solutions, strategy and technology skills that help them better carry out their missions. She participates in open source technology initiatives and peer-learning projects as contributor, facilitator, advisor, and mentor. She also serves in a formal advisory role with The Center for Tech Cultivation. While at Open Knowledge International, she curated and organized the Open Knowledge Conference 2013 and Open Knowledge Festival 2014. Further information about her projects are available at beatricemartini.it.
Nayana RenuKumar (@nayana_16) leads Airbnb’s public policy and government engagement for India and is a public policy specialist with over seven years’ experience in collaborating with the Indian government on advancing policy reforms. At Airbnb, she is responsible for developing and implementing Airbnb's public policy strategy and legitimisation activities in India which include educating policy makers, exploring partnerships with a range of government and non-government agencies, understanding regulatory challenges and evolving solutions. Previously she worked for six years with an Indian policy think tank where her work focused on improving the quality of public service delivery. Nayana holds a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, a Master in Business Administration and a Bachelor in Tourism Management. She is passionate about the sharing economy and believes in the value of engaging government to unlock the sector’s tremendous potential.
Anne Schwieger (@anneschwieger) works for the City of Boston Department of Innovation & Technology as Broadband and Digital Equity Advocate. In this role she supports the City of Boston in advancing access to affordable broadband connectivity, up-to-date digital tools, and the digital skills that Bostonians need to engage in educational, economic, and civic pursuits. Anne is a board member of the Boston Neighborhood Network. She holds a Master in City Planning from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and a BA in Biology and Society from Cornell University.
Luke Swarthout is Director of Policy for NYPL Digital. Previously he served as the Director of Adult Education Services at the New York Public Library where he worked with adult programming, technology training, broadband access and adoption and literacy initiatives. Prior to joining NYPL, Mr. Swarthout worked as Senior Education Adviser to Senator Edward Kennedy and Senator Tom Harkin handling issues of higher education access, college affordability, student loan debt, and school quality. He served as Higher Education Advocate for U.S. PIRG lobbying in Washington, DC on behalf of college students for a more open and affordable higher education system. Mr. Swarthout attended New York City public schools, Amherst College and has an MPA from Princeton University.
Practitioner Affiliates will engage with digital HKS and the Harvard Kennedy School community at-large by being available to students as well as interested scholars. Affiliates are available for conversations and mentorship with interested students. Affiliates are also available to support capstone policy analysis projects (PAEs), internship and jobs searches, and project feedback. If you'd like to connect with a practitioner please contact Vanessa Rhinesmith.