Natalie Evans Harris
Natalie Evans Harris
Spurring the ethical imagination

Natalie

Evans Harris

Spurring the ethical imagination

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"I aim to spur the ethical imagination of all technologists, to ensure data is ethically collected, stored, and used." 

 
 

I have dedicated nearly 20 years to advancing the public sector’s responsible use of data for protecting and improving individual's lives. 

Following a 16 year career at the National Security Agency, I co-founded and became COO of BrightHive, a collaborative data platform delivering a suite of smart data collection, integration, and governance products to social services providers for improved access to and usability of social sector data.

I launched and led the development of a Data Science Code of Ethics in partnership with Bloomberg and Data For Democracy  Community-driven Principles for Ethical Data Sharing (CPEDS) Initiative. A community of practice with over 800 active members focused on strengthening ethical practices in the data science community through crowd-sourcing of a Data Science Code of Ethics. 


As a Senior Policy Advisor to the US Chief Technology Officer in the Obama Administration, I founded The Data Cabinet - a federal data science community of practice with over 200 active members across more than 40 federal agencies.

To learn more about my professional experience, you may download my resume here. To contact me for consulting on ethical data, please click here

 

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Who I Work With


 

BrightHive

CO-FOUNDER And COO
 

A collaborative data platform delivering a suite of smart data collection, integration, and governance products to social services providers for improved access to and usability of social sector data

 
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Do No Digital Harm

strategic advisor

The world's first on-call, deployable team mandated to address the ethical, security, and design challenges faced by humanitarian actors in the Digital Age.

 

The U.S. Data Cabinet

founder

The U.S. Data Cabinet is a community of practice built to advance the adoption of data science best practices. 
 

Communities

The Data Briefing: The Federal Data Cabinet

How the 'Data Cabinet' Could Break Down Project Barriers

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Perspectives on ethical data


 

 Keynote, Spurring the ethical imaginations, Personal Democracy Forum, 2018

Building data capacity, Institute for Analytics Professionals of Australia, 2017

Open Data Science Leadership Summit Title: : The Future of Data Science, Nov 2017

Brainstorm Tech 2018: Navigating Tech’s Moment of Crisis I Fortune

Defining responsible data practices: A community-driven approach, Strata 2018

Our World Our Data 2017, Discussion on data-driven impact

 
 

Forthcoming talks and events


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I can help ensure your data practices are ethical.

I can help you to responsibly democratize you data, and envision the future of your data science practice. Let's talk. 

 

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BrightHive

July 2017 - Present

Cofounder and COO

A collaborative data platform delivering a suite of smart data collection, integration, and governance products to social services providers for improved access to and usability of social sector data


Harris Data Consulting

July 2017 - Present

Founder and President

Harris Data Consulting is an umbrella organization focused on building capacity across organizations, technologists, and communities to responsibly and effectively use data for improving the lives of individuals. Focused on the ultimate goal of improving performance and/or effectiveness through data, Harris Data Consulting collaborates with organizations to understand their needs and brings in partners where appropriate with the credibility to meet those needs.


National Security Agency

June 2001 - July 2017

Manager

Accomplished and results-oriented leader with expert proficiency in aligning technical solutions with business goals. Experience leading enterprise-wide initiatives that streamline operations, optimize productivity, and introduce system efficiencies in a cost effective manner. Regarded for ability to drive processes, develop and motivate high-performance teams, and work well under pressure to manage and meet multiple project deadlines on schedule and under budget. An articulate presenter with outstanding interpersonal skills, adept at persuasion and influence, https://www.jinfowar.com/authors/natalie-evans-harris


White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

January 2016 - April 2017

Senior Policy Advisor to US CTO, Obama Administration

Within the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), empower federal agencies to meet our nation’s greatest economic and social challenges by building their capacity to leverage data as a mechanism for engaging with other agencies and the public. Advancing adoption of data science best practices and strengthening their capacity for hiring, training, and leveraging data talent.


Office of Senator Cory A Booker (NJ)

January 2015 - January 2016

Legislative Fellow

As part of Brookings Institute Executive Education Program, served as Legislative Fellow to Senator Cory A. Booker. Applied expert knowledge and substantial experience related to cybersecurity and government transformation to develop and analyze national level policies and advising senior government officials on policy related matters. Advised Senator Booker on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) issues and managed a diverse legislative portfolio covering cybersecurity, privacy, regulatory reform, and federal management. Prepared vote recommendations as well as proposed and drafted legislation, including a bill to spur innovation in the postal service,

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