Natalie Evans Harris is a sought-after thought leader on the ethical and responsible use of data 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. 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 has a Masters in Public Administration from George Washington University, a BS in Computer Science and a BS in Sociology from University of Maryland Eastern Shore.