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Meet Our Network Challenge Evaluation Committee

Meet Our Network Challenge Evaluation Committee

The PIT-UN team would like to thank the Evaluation Committee (EC) members for their time and expertise in reviewing the 2022 Network Challenge projects. The EC members represent the breadth and depth of the field of PIT, with expertise in data privacy, cybersecurity, civil justice, human rights, civic tech, accessibility tech, law and society, govt tech, and more. They are inspirational role models for students across PIT-UN who work to improve the role technology can play in communities and organizations.

In the videos below, Andreen Soley, director of PIT at New America and Afua Bruce, a public interest technologist and DEI consultant, talk about how the recent landscape of PIT-UN affirmed the need to prioritize social justice and equity. Their conversation touch on the soon-to-be-announced winning Network Challenge grant projects, the DEI framework and the evaluation committee members.

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PIT-UN Evaluation Committee Members

Katherine Alteneder

Consulting Senior Strategic Advisor

Self-Represented Litigation Network

Jennifer Anastasoff

Executive Director

Tech Talent Project

Nicole Barden

Senior Program Manager


Joshua Brumberg

Professor of Psychology and Dean for the Science, the Graduate Center

The City University of New York

Rumman Chowdhury

Director of META (ML Ethics, Transparency, and Accountability)


Renee Cummings

Professor of the Practice in Data Science

University of Virginia

Heather Dowdy

Director of Accessibility

Netflix, Inc.

Eduardo Gonzalez

Program Officer for Civil Justice

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Amanda Gould

Duke Story+ Research Program Director 

Duke University Franklin Humanities Institute

Siobahn Grady 

Assistant Professor of Information Science/Systems in the School of Library and Information Sciences

North Carolina Central University

Brian Gran 

Professor, Department of Sociology, School of Law, and Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Case Western Reserve University

Tyrone Grandison 

Chief Technology Officer – Public Sector, Global Partner Solutions


Participating in the PIT-UN evaluation process helped me gain a better understanding of the diversity of projects available throughout our passionate and distributed/decentralized communities. I was a little in awe of the brilliance and diversity of the submissions and eager to see what comes from the successful projects.

Vivian Graubard 

Independent Consultant on technology, design and data for nonprofits

Devyn Greenberg

Dual MBA/MPA Candidate 

Stanford University and Harvard University

Lance Hadley

Chief Executive Officer

Sauti East Africa

Kevin Harris

Chair of Computational and Information Sciences
Stillman College

Kurtis Heimerl

Associate Professor at the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering

University of Washington

Lucas Hernandez

Director of Customer Partnerships, Americas
Microsoft Philanthropies

Sarah Hilchie-Jarvis

Consultant on change management, inclusion, equity, strategy & transformation

Sarah Hilchie Global Consulting

Janna Huang

PhD Student in Sociology; Visiting Fellow, Center for Advanced Internet Studies

University of California Berkeley

Ashlyn Jaeger 

Program Manager for the Ethics, Society, and Technology Hub 

Stanford University

PIT-UN is a game changer for universities and colleges that are committed to justice, dignity, and providing new opportunities to their students that will improve people's lives.

Mihir Kshirsagar 

Clinic Lead and Lecturer, Center for Information Technology Policy 

Princeton University

Amari Lewis

Founder and CEO (CodemariPhd LLC); Postdoctoral Researcher, computer science & engineering 

CodemariPhd LLC; University of California, San Diego

John McNutt 

Professor Emeritus, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration 

University of Delaware

Travis Moore 

Founder, Director 


Abhi Nemani 

Founder, CEO

Serving on the PIT-UN Challenge Evaluation Committee allowed me to contribute to amplifying small-scale community-based technology innovation. These projects are setting the pace and precedent for game-changing critical public technology engagement. The PIT-UN Challenge is funding our future – and that future is bright with equitable, accessible, human-centered solutions.

Ivana Ng 

Vice President of Product

Nava PBC

Michael Nolan 

Assistant Director, Open@RIT 

Rochester Institute of Technology

Emma Pan

Software Engineer

Microsoft Azure Edge

Claire Park

Policy Analyst, Open Technology Institute (OTI)

New America

Kathy Pham 

Deputy Chief Technology Officer (FTC); Senior Advisor, Responsible Computer Science (Mozilla) 

Federal Trade Commission; Mozilla

Rusty Pickens

Founder and Principal (580 Strategies); Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer (Inaji Industries)

580 Strategies; Inaji Industries

Megan Price

Executive Director

Human Rights Data Analysis Group

Jess Reia

Assistant Professor of Data Science

University of Virginia

Sarah Roth-Gaudette

Executive Director

Fight for the Future

Jake Rozran

Data Science Practice Lead (CivicActions); Adjunct Professor of Data Science and Statistics (Villanova University)

CivicActions; Villanova University

Paromita Shah

Executive Director

Just Futures Law

David Sloand

Strategic Planning Officer, Division of Innovation and Change Management

DC Department of Human Services, Economic Security Administration 

India Still

Deputy Executive Director

New Jersey Department of Community Affairs

Patricia Stoddard-Dare

Professor, School of Social Work and Women’s and Gender Studies; Director of Women’s and Gender Studies

Cleveland State University

Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh

Department Head, Research Data Services

Georgia State University Library

Rebekah Tweed 

Program Director

All Tech Is Human

Maria Elena Villar 

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at the School of Communication and Journalism

Florida International University


Brian Whittaker

Acting Chief Innovation Officer

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Being an evaluation committee member for the PIT-UN Challenge has been a great experience! There are many strong proposals with cutting-edge, innovative projects. I'm looking forward to the world experiencing these new innovations in Public Interests Technology. Happy to be apart of this community.

It is amazing to see the wealth of projects and ideas that are introducing public interest technology to students in their university years. The evaluation process for the committee members was clear, straightforward, and rewarding. I look forward to continuing with the PIT-UN team moving forward.

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