About Data4America

Bridging data and conversations to advance the understanding of policy

A nonprofit, nonpartisan initiative made with 💙 from 🇺🇸

Our Team

Chris McCoy

Founder · Executive Director

CEO @Footprint. Inventor @YourSports. Co-Founder @I Love Baseball Foundation. 55th National President @DECA.org. @Univ of Washington ‘06. Writes @BigThink @HuffingtonPost.

Garrett Johnson

Board of Directors

Co-founder of YCombinator-backed @SendHub, Co-founder of the non-profit @Lincoln Initiative, helped architect @Startup Visa Act, Professional staff member @U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Rhodes Scholar @Oxford, 2006 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Shot Put Championship @Florida State

Nate Lubin

Board of Directors

Former Director of the Office of Digital Strategy at the White House and Director of Digital Marketing at Obama for America. Political Science @Harvard.

Kim-Mai Cutler

Board of Directors

Technology Journalist, TechCrunch, public policy and tech wonk

Craig Montuori

Board of Directors

Partner @Venture Politics, Executive Director @Global EIR Coalition, Engineering & Applied Science (Aerospace) @Caltech. Craig fixes visa problems for founders.

Patrick Ruffini

Board of Directors

Co-Founder/Partner @EchelonInsights & Founder @engagedc

Antone Johnson

Board of Directors

Startup lawyer @Bottom Line Law Group, former VP Counsel @eHarmony, Original Counsel @MySpace, Guest Contributor @TechCrunch, @WSJ, @Forbes

Gillian Morris

Board of Directors

Founder @hitlist_app. Contributor @harvardbiz.

Ceslee Montgomery

Editorial Board

Data Scientist @Pebble. Affiliate @DataGuild + engagedIN. @Stanford ‘14.

Benjamin Wellington

Editorial Board

Open Data Story Teller @IQuantNY. Teach @PrattInstitute. Contributor @NewYorker. Analyst @twosigma. Ph.D. in NLP from NYU.

Horace Dediu

Editorial Board

Founder @Asymco.com. Fellow @Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation. Host @The Critical Path podcast.

Jessica Kirkpatrick

Editorial Board

Astrophysicist turned Data Scientist @Hired_HQ. Formerly @Chegg, @InstaEDU, @Yammer & @Microsoft. Blogger @AAS_Women & @AstroBetter.

Nicole Alexander

Editorial Board

Founder @Promoteleadership, Major @USArmy, UW Husky alumni, Working Mom and believer in the power of collaboration and networks to attack complex problems

Abe Stanway

Editorial Board

Data scientist @McKinsey. Previously data @Etsy, founder @Hackerleague

Robert Manduca

Editorial Board

Sociology PhD student @Harvard. Recent alum @MITdusp. Former fellow @DSSG.

Jesse Thomas

Editorial Board

VP of Product @Crowdpac. @BarackObama alumn 2008/2012, Former Digital Director @NextGenClimate and Deputy Director of Interactive @USAID.

Bert Kaufman

Editorial Board

Former Senior Advisor @CommerceGov; Co-Founder @BusinessForward; Founding Board Member @PressPassMentor

Tatsiana Maskalevich

Editorial Board

Data Science @Stitch Fix, Statistics @Foothill, Speaker, enjoy taking data from numbers to stories.

Jay Wacker

Editorial Board

Ontology Architect @Quora. Consulting Physics Professor @Stanford.

Tess Cheatle

Editorial Board

Digital advertising and analytics @Amazon. Formerly @Microsoft & @POSSIBLE. Data enthusiast. Pizza connoisseur.

Elissa Redmiles

Editorial Board

Ph.D. Student in Computer Science @University of Maryland. Former Data Science for Social Good Fellow @UChicago; Former Marketing Manager @IBM. Founder of 501©(3) org. The Baby Blanket Project.

Charles Belle

Editorial Board

PolicyHacker & Raumdeuter, Founder @StartupPolicy Work w/startups+ .Gov to support innovation NonRez Fellow @StanfordCIS & @CTSPBerkeley http://GovDex.org

Ganesh Iyer

Editorial Board

Analytics @Stubhub. Formerly consultant @MuSigma. Stathead. Avid learner. Soccer and cricket fan.

Andrew Trabulsi

Editorial Board

Author  @Warlords, Inc., [email protected] The Economist Group, Consultant @Institute for the Future

Waylin Ross

Editorial Board

Founder @ParaLobby.com. Economics professor @NVCC. Director of Advocacy & Legislative Affairs @NationalUrbanLeagueYP.

Sam Drzymala

Editorial Board

Digital Director for @CoryBooker. Formerly Obama 08, @ClaireCMC, @American_Bridge. Helps nurture and grow powerful communities.

Christopher Nicholson

Editorial Board

Partner @Venture Politics.


Renee Diresta


Current biz dev @Haven. Former VC @O'Reilly. Former trader @Jane Street. Helped sponsor and provide data science to the SB277 bill signed by the CA governor.

Blake Masters

Technology Advisor

Co-Author of @Zero To One book with Peter Thiel. Co-founded @Judicata. @Stanford Law ‘12. @Stanford ‘08.

Cyan Banister

Technology Advisor

CEO @Zivity, Co-Founder @Signal Media Project, Angel Investor, Philanthropist.

Ramez Naam

Science Advisor

Author @Nexus trilogy. Author @The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet. Teacher @Singularity U. Energy innovation advocate.

Tim Urban

Media Advisor

Co-founder and writer/illustrator at @waitbutwhy

Theron Tingstad


Biz dev @Green Sheep Water. @University of Chicago Booth School of Business ‘16. @Harvard Kennedy School ‘14. Entrepreneur. Airborne Ranger. All-American boxer.

Frank Tsai

Finance Advisor

CFO Partner of FLG Partners. Cofounder @Community Bank of the Bay. CFO roles @Sundance Institute, @United Way Silicon Valley, @Institute for the Future, @California Academy of Sciences, @Fair Trade USA, @Feed The Hunger Foundation

Seth Kaddish

 Data Viz Advisor

Data scientist @Chegg. Planetary geoscience Ph.D. Founder of @VizualStatistix. Mod for /r/dataisbeautiful. Dataviz contributor to @WIRED.

Kyle Wiley

Development Advisor

Development Officer @Heritage. @CKInstitute Koch Associate Alumni. @DallasYR Vice President. @VanguardPAC Member/Development

Britt Crawford

Data + Analytics Advisor

Using analytics to make college more affordable @rafter.com. Reformed programmer.

Scott Adelson

Media Advisor

Award-winning communicator @Adelson & Associates, Co-Founder/CGO @Flypside, Co-Founder/President @Signal Media Project, @Columnist, EcoSalon.


Chris McCoy

Executive Director

CEO @Footprint. Inventor @YourSports. Co-Founder @I Love Baseball Foundation. 55th National President @DECA.org. @Univ of Washington ‘06. Writes @BigThink @HuffingtonPost.

Mathew Martyr

Sound Engineer

Founder & Lead Producer at Alpha Radio Podcast Network. Producer of This Damn World, @Bawdy Storytelling, and @Data4America podcasts. Co-founder of Project Nomad.

Daniyal Nawaz


Product @Data4America (2015) // Product Design and Frontend Engineer @YourSports (10-15)

Gina Cooper

Strategic Events

Founder, advises startups @CooperStrategies. Chief Strategic Relationships @CoreDriven. Advisor @CivicMakers. Board, founder @NetrootsNation.


Greg Ferenstein
Unplugged: Episode #1