Mutale Nkonde

Mutale Nkonde is an artificial intelligence policy analyst and a fellow at both the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and at Stanford University’s Digital Civil Society Lab.

She is the founding president of AI For the People, a nonprofit that aims to “create the narratives needed to create an anti-racist technical future.”

Nkonde was part of the team that introduced the Algorithmic and Deep Fakes Accountability Acts as well as the No Biometric Barriers to Housing Act in the House of Representatives. 

Nkonde started her career as a broadcast journalist and worked at the BBC, CNN and ABC. She’s been interviewed by Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal and MIT Technology Review.

In an opinion piece for the Harvard Business Review, Nkonde argues that corporations should shoulder social responsibility for reducing race and gender bias in artificial intelligence. 

She says she is currently working on a project that is looking at how black communities “will be impacted by disinformation during 2020.” She prepared a briefing sheet for journalists and spoke about the project on Sirius XM in February 2020.

Pronunciation: Mutale (Moo-TAH-lay) Nkonde (In-CON-day)

Areas of expertise: AI governance, race, technology 

Location: New York

Contact Information:

Email: mnkonde@law.harvard.edu

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Last updated: Feb. 10, 2020

Maxine Burkett

Maxine Burkett is a professor of law at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She is also the co-founder and senior advisor to the nonprofit Institute for Climate and Peace.

Burkett is an expert in the law and policy of climate change, with a specific focus on climate justice, climate litigation, climate-induced migration, and climate change, peace, and conflict.  At the Wilson Center, Burkett works with the Environmental Change and Security Program on climate impacts in frontline communities, including small island states, and climate change and foreign policy.

Her work has been cited in several news and policy outlets, including BBC Radio, the New York Times, the Washington Post and Nature Climate Change.

She serves on the boards of Blue Planet Foundation, The Climate Museum, ELAW, and Global Greengrants Fund. Burkett is also a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform, the Lancet Commission for Reparations and Redistributive Justice, and the American Law Institute.

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Areas of Expertise: Climate policy and law, climate-induced migration

Location: Honolulu, HI

Contact Information:
E-mail: burkettm@hawaii.edu
Phone: (808) 956-2865 (o) | (808) 478-2146 (c)

Last updated April 10, 2020

Raj Chetty

Raj Chetty is a professor of economics at Stanford University and is a  2012 MacArthur fellowship recipient. His work on tax policy, unemployment and education has helped to shape government policy.

Chetty’s current research combines empirical evidence and theory, and focuses on equality of opportunity and how to give children from disadvantaged backgrounds better chances of succeeding later in life. He has been named one of the top economists in the world by The New York Times and The Economist. He is the editor of the Journal of Public Economics and has appeared on WBUR’s On Point, NPR’s All Things Considered and Planet Money.

Raj Chetty, Professor of Economics from Harvard University, is pictured in Littauer Center. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer
Raj Chetty, Professor of Economics, formerly of Harvard University, is pictured in Littauer Center. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

Professor of Economics, Stanford University

Areas of Expertise: Economics, Equality of Opportunity, Tax Policy, Unemployment, Education

Location: Stanford, CA

Contact Information:
Email:
chetty@stanford.edu | chetty79@gmail.com

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Dorian Warren

Dorian T. Warren is an associate professor of political science and public affairs at Columbia University. He specializes in the study of inequality and American politics, focusing on the political organization of marginalized groups, race and ethnic politics, labor politics, urban politics, American political development, social movements and social science methodology. Warren is a sought-after commentator frequently appearing on networks such as MSNBC, ABC, CNN, NPR and Bloomberg, among other outlets.

At Columbia, Warren is also a Faculty Affiliate at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies, Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, and coordinates the Center for Urban Research & Policy Seminar Series. In 2013, he was included on the list of NBC’s theGrio’s 100 people making history today.  His research focuses on the intersection of labor, politics and race, as well as race and ethnicity.

Dorian currently serves on the boards of the Applied Research Center, Center for Community Change, ALIGN, the Model Alliance, the Discount Foundation and The Nation Magazine Editorial Board. Prior to his teaching position at Columbia University he worked with several organizations, including the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, American Rights at Work/Jobs with Justice and the NGLTF Policy Institute. He is the author of the forthcoming The Three Faces of Unions: Inclusion & Democracy in the U.S. Labor Movement and Boxing Out: Walmart & the Politics of Labor Market Regulation from Below.


Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs at Columbia University

Areas of Expertise: Labor Organizing, Politics, Policy, Race and Ethnic Politics, African-American Politics, Urban Politics and Policy, American Political Development, Community Organizing, Social Movements, Social Science Methodology

Location: New York, NY

Contact Information:
E-mail: 
dorian.warren@sipa.columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 854-4659
Twitter: @dorianwarren


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William Rodgers, III

William M. Rodgers, III, brings almost two decades of senior policy and economic experience to his current role as professor of public policy at Rutgers University. He served as chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor from 2000-2001 before coming to Rutgers. In his spare time, he serves on the United Way World Wide’s U.S. Board of Trustees.

Rodgers has been on a number of local boards and worked under various mayors and governors, managing everything from government reform to labor development. It’s this understanding of how policy decisions affect labor and workforce development issues that enables him to speak on a wide range of topics, including income inequality, racial disparities, unemployment issues and government efficiency.

Rodgers’ expertise has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and Financial Times. He has been a guest on TV and radio programs including The Takeaway with John Hockenberry, NBC’s Meet the Press, CNBC’s Squawk Box and NPR’s All Things Considered.


Professor and Chief Economist, Rutgers University

Areas of Expertise: Government Policy, Economics, Workforce Development, Labor

Location: New Brunswick, NJ

Contact Information:
Email: wrodgers@ejb.rutgers.edu
Phone: (609) 240-5555
Twitter: @WMRodgersIII

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Jennifer S. Korn

Jennifer S. Korn is the Executive Director of the Hispanic Leadership Network (HLN). She previously served as director of Hispanic and Women’s Affairs in the White House Office of Public Liaison and as director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice.

In 2004, Korn worked on President Bush’s re-election campaign as the National Hispanic Director and the Southwest Coalitions Director. As a Republican political strategist, she has provided commentary for Fox and has written for the Huffington Post, NBC Latino, and Fox News Latino.

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Executive Director of the Hispanic Leadership Network

Areas of Expertise: Politics & Policy, Political Campaigns, Hispanic and Latino Issues,Women’s Issues, Intergovernmental Affairs

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:

To contact Jennifer, please call or email Emily Benavides, communications director at Hispanic Leadership Network

Email: ebenavides@hispanicleadershipnetwork.org
Phone: (202) 706-7054 (o) | (419) 494-9528 (c)
Twitter: @embena@HispanicLN

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Brittany Packnett

Brittany Packnett is vice-president (national community alliances) for Teach For America (TFA) in Washington, DC. For four years, she served as executive director for the organization in St. Louis prior to her current position.

Packnett first joined TFA in 2007 as a “corps member” teaching the third grade in Washington, D.C.  According to her bio, she served as a director on TFA’s Government Affairs team and as a legislative assistant for Congressman Lacy Clay of Missouri, where she worked on education and family policy issues. She also volunteered as executive director for Dream Girls DMV, a mentoring program for girls.

Vice-President (National Community Alliances) at Teach For America

Areas of Expertise: Education, Educational Equality and Policy, Teaching, Public School System

Location: St. Louis, MO

Contact Info:

Office: (314)-621-9100 x 49101
Mobile: (314) 313-2953
Email: Brittany.packnett@teachforamerica.org
Twitter: @MsPackyetti

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Last updated June 2017