digital HKS Affiliates are a community of practitioners and public leaders on the frontline of digital technology as it relates to policy, government, governance, and society. They serve Harvard Kennedy School and the community at-large through events and other forms of engagement.
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.
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.
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.