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Data Advocate

Shifting tensions into opportunities

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

 
 

After nearly 20 years advancing the public sector’s strategic use of data, including a 16 year career at the National Security Agency, and 18 months with Obama Administration, Natalie is known for working with a broad network of academic institutions, data science organization, application developers, and foundations to advance the responsible use of data standards, APIs, and ethical algorithms to directly benefit people.

Natalie co-founded and currently serves as Head of Strategic Initiatives of BrightHive, a data trust 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.

She founded the Community-driven Principles for Ethical Data Sharing (CPEDS) community of practice with over 1200 active members focused on strengthening ethical practices in the data science community through crowd- sourcing of a Data Science Code of Ethics. Now the Global Data Ethics Project (GDEP) she serves as a Strategic Advisor in advancing the adoption of tools, techniques, and practices developed by the community.

As a Senior Policy Advisor to the US Chief Technology Officer in the Obama Administration, she founded The Data Cabinet - a federal data science community of practice with over 200 active members across more than 40 federal agencies. She was also part of the founding team for The Opportunity Project, establishing a process for multi-sector engagement to create digital tools using government data.

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