Beth Simone Noveck directs the Governance Lab (GovLab) and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance. She is a Professor in Technology, Culture, and Society at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. Her current research focuses on “people-led innovation,” namely the ability of communities and institutions to work together to solve problems more effectively and legitimately.
Sam DeJohn is a Research/Communications Fellow whose current research focuses on governance innovations around the world, with an emphasis on Latin America and Spain. Last year, he was one of two team members that evaluated the Organization of American States Fellowship Program. He is currently engaged in GovLab’s CrowdLaw efforts, for which he has conducted studies and interviews and published materials on efforts to engage the public in lawmaking, such as Decide Madrid and vTaiwan. He is also part of the team working with the Madrid City Council designing and running experiments to test and improve the effectiveness of their citizen engagement platform.
Sam regularly contributes to the GovLab blog and third party publications, covering topics such as the benefits of data science skills among public officials, the importance of data analysis in policymaking, and how CrowdLaw practices could be adopted in New York City. He also produces original and translated content for various projects including the GovLab’s experiments with new models of public participation (Civic Challenges), crowdsourcing (Smarter Crowdsourcing), and public sector innovation in the legislative and judicial branches. On the communications side, he is largely responsible for managing the GovLab’s social media platforms such as Twitter and assists with event planning, external outreach, promotion, internal operations, and administrative work.
Marco is currently pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Political Science at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and he holds a Master’s Degree from the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) in Political Science. Marco worked as a visiting professor at the Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA) in the areas of software development management, telemetry, and georeferencing. He is a researcher on themes such as Governance of Information Technology, Software Development and Political Participation. He was advisor in the Secretary of Legislative Affairs of the Ministry of Justice, where he coordinated the public debate on the regulation of Brazil’s Internet Bill of Rights (Marco Civil da Internet). He is currently Project Coordinator in the area of Democracy and Technology at the Institute for Technology & Society of Rio (ITS Rio) where he leaded the development of Mudamos Mobile Applicationfor Crowdlaw initiatives in Brazil.His most recent work was "Computational Power: Automated Use of WhatsApp in the Elections" during Brazilian general elections in 2018.
Anirudh Dinesh, a research fellow at The Governance Lab at New York University, is a member of the team designing experiments for new models of public engagement (what GovLab calls people-led innovation) to improve the legitimacy and effectiveness of policy-making and solve urgent problems.
Most recently, his work has focused on creating a playbook to inform members of the US Congress about CrowdLaw - the practice of using technology to engage members of the public at various stages of the lawmaking process.
Anirudh was part of the Data Labs research team looking at how governments can use administrative data for evaluating and improving public programs and has authored reports on Open Data for Developing Economies, a project to explore social and economic impact of opening government data.
Anirudh has also led online coaching programs for the GovLab Academy and was on the organizing team of the 2017 Collective Intelligence conference
Matt Ryan is a former Deputy Chief of Staff to a South Australian Premier. In that role he helped to craft a strategic policy agenda and advised on strategic engagement and communications, and inter-governmental relations. He also drove work on the government's internationally recognised democratic reform program, which included multiple citizens’ juries, large scale participatory budgeting, open innovation challenges, and a modern style of political leadership. Matt has also been a Director at The Australian Centre for Social Innovation where he co-authored a major report on public sector innovation. He is now working with civil society organizations to modernise Australian democracy. Matt’s work with The GovLab is focused on CrowdLaw for Congress and Open Justice.
Victoria Alsina is a Senior Fellow at The GovLab, where she coordinates the CrowdLaw Initiative, and a Research Professor in Technology, Culture, and Society at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. At the Harvard Kennedy School, she is Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, and Associate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Her current research and teaching focus on finding innovative solutions to rethink public institutions, exploring how collaborative governance and citizen engagement can change the way we govern, solving some of society’s most pressing problems at the intersection of the public and private sectors and helping communities and institutions to work together to solve public problems more effectively and legitimately.
The Government of Catalonia appointed her as the Head of the Delegation of the Catalan Government to the United States of America & Canada in 2018. Previously, Victoria advised numerous governments and private institutions on issues related to public sector reform, public-private collaboration and democratic innovation. She holds a BA in Political Science and Public Administration from Universitat Pompeu Fabra; an MPA from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; an MA in Public Management from ESADE Business School; and a Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
She tweets @_VictoriaAlsina.
Dane Gambrell is a junior studying Sustainable Urban Environments at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. He is researching case studies of public participation in lawmaking as part of the GovLab’s CrowdLaw project.
Gina Joerger is a rising sophomore majoring in Computer Science at NYU Shanghai. Gina is researching various international CrowdLaw case studies to analyze its functionality, and is participating in the NYU Tandon Undergraduate Summer Research Program.
Rose Harvey is a Graduate Research Fellow at The GovLab. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration - Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy at New York University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Northeastern University. In addition to working for non-profits and social impact firms, Rose previously worked for the New York City Housing Authority in an internal management consulting capacity and advised the agency on how to improve its operations.