Meet the leaders, experts, and collaborators who have shared their real world experiences with Product Management and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School. Thanks to them, we have richer content on discovery sprints, metrics, content strategy, race and gender, ethics, a deep understanding of agile and iterative software development, procurement, partnerships, design, and more. Read more about them here.
Marianne Bellotti runs the Internal Services team at Auth0. She has an obsessive love of complex struggling systems — the older the better — and spent three years rescuing such systems for the Federal government as part of United States Digital Service.
Paulina Bustos is a public interest technologist who has worked mainly in Mexico and Latin-America. She co-founded Cívica Digital, a company that enhances citizenship with technology and helped build the civic tech movement in Mexico, through her work in Codeando México. Recently, Paulina was part of the Tech Exchange Program from the Ford and Media Democracy Fund 2017 cohort working in Brazil with Article 19. Paulina has presented in several regional and international open data and tech for social good conferences. She holds a degree in Computer Science from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and teaches at the Autonomous Institute for Technology in Mexico (ITAM). Pronouns: she/her.
Kasia Chmielinski is a creative technologist committed to challenging the status quo through direct and scalable work. Most recently, Kasia joined McKinsey & Company as a Product Manager for Healthcare Analytics. Prior to McKinsey, Kasia was a Digital Services Expert at the U.S. Digital Service working on improving government technology around the opioid and national food crises, the Product Lead for Scratch at the MIT Media Lab, and a co-founder of the Data Nutrition Project, a collective focused on ethical artificial intelligence. When not in front of a whiteboard or a computer, Kasia can be found tangled up in sound equipment or upon a bicycle, cycling uncomfortably-long distances.
Lisa Gelobter is the CEO and Co-founder of tEQuitable. Using technology to make workplaces more equitable, tEQuitable provides an independent, confidential platform to address issues of bias, harassment, and discrimination. Lisa has worked on several pioneering Internet technologies and created products that have been used by billions of people including: Shockwave, Hulu, and the ascent of online video. Most recently, she worked at the White House, serving as the Chief Digital Service Officer for the Department of Education. Previously, Lisa acted as the Chief Digital Officer for BET Networks and was a member of the senior management team for the launch of Hulu. She has a background in strategy development, business operations, user-centered design, product management, and engineering. Lisa was named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People and is one of the first 40 Black women ever to have raised over $1mm in venture capital funding. She is also proud to be a Black woman with a bachelor’s in computer science. Go STEM! Pronouns: she/her.
Vanessa Larco joined NEA as a Partner in 2016 and focuses on Enterprise SaaS and Consumer Services investing. She is passionate about technology, services and products that enable people to be more productive and efficient at work and at home. Vanessa has led investments in EvidentID, Cleo, Greenlight Card, Feather, and Lily AI. She is also a board observer at Robinhood and OmniSci.
Prior to joining NEA, she was the Director of Product Management at Box (NYSE: BOX) where she worked on building the next generation of productivity apps across web and mobile. Her passion for design and analytics stems from her experience in the gaming industry, which includes leading the Speech Recognition Experience team at Xbox Kinect v1, and building a top grossing gaming studio at Disney Social. Vanessa holds a BS in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Jeff Maher is Jeff Maher is a civic technologist, helping government agencies with engineering practice, service discovery, strategy, and finding/interviewing awesome people to join them. He's been at Code for America, the US Digital Service (USDS), CivicActions, and has consulted with state-level digital service teams in Massachusetts and California. He's currently at the Canadian Digital Service.
Sabelo Mhlambi is a computer scientist and researcher focusing on ethics, technology and human rights at Harvard’s Berkman-Klein center and the Carr Center for Human Rights. Sabelo’s work focuses on the ethical implications of technology in the developing world, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, along with the creation of tools to make Artificial Intelligence more accessible and inclusive to underrepresented communities.
Amanda Miklik wants to help you make the world better. They care deeply about people, and help project teams stay focused on users with empathy-driven UX design and content strategy. Amanda’s background in social justice organizing and higher education gives them insight into how people experience systems as a whole, which inspired their work at the U.S. Digital Service. They tackle systemic problems with jargon-busting plain language, a keen organizational sensibility, and plenty of user research. Amanda studied Adult Learning and Social Justice at Metropolitan State University and has an M.Ed. in Learning Technologies from University of Minnesota. They’ve also worked as a professional chef and baker, and have been known to facilitate “milk-and-cookies storytime” at community meetings. They also enjoy naturalism, citizen science, and collecting new hobbies. pronouns: they/them