Natalie Evans Harris is the founder of Harris Data Consulting and COO of BrightHive. Natalie has spent more than 16 years driving the strategic use of data to answer some of our nation’s toughest questions and driving organizational success and working with a broad network of academic institutions, data science organizations, application developers, and foundations to increase the use of accessible data standards, APIs, and ethical algorithms in scaling data science efforts that directly benefit people receiving social services. Most recently, she brought together Bloomberg, Data for Democracy, and BrightHive to lead the development of a Data Science Code of Ethics through the Community-driven Principles for Ethical Data Sharing (CPEDS) Initiative. Previously, Natalie was a senior policy advisor to the US Chief Technology Officer in the Obama administration, where she founded the Data Cabinet, a federal data science community of practice with over 200 active members across more than 40 federal agencies, co-led a cohort of federal, nonprofit, and for-profit organizations to develop data-driven tools through the Opportunity Project, and established the Open Skills Community through the Workforce Data Initiative. She also led an analytics development center for the National Security Agency (NSA) that served as the foundation for the enterprise data science development program and became a model for other intelligence community agencies. Her achievements resulted in being the sole member of the NSA chosen as a Brookings legislative fellow. As a member of Senator Cory Booker’s (NJ) legislative team, she focused on cyber and governmental affairs issues, serving as his lead technical and policy advisor on bills such as the Cyber Information Security Protection Act (CISPA). Natalie holds a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University and both a BS in computer science and a BS in sociology from University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
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