People


Steering Committee

Alexandra Reeve Givens

Executive Director, Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy

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Robert Groves

University Provost

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Maggie Little

Director, Ethics Lab

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Jason Matheny

Director, Center for Security and Emerging Technology

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Laura Moy

Executive Director, Georgetown Law Center on Privacy & Technology

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Paul Ohm

Faculty Director, Georgetown Law Center on Privacy & Technology

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Lisa Singh

Professor, Computer Science Department & Massive Data Institute

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William Treanor

Executive Vice President & Dean of the Law Center

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Nitin Vaidya

Chair, Department of Computer Science

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Nate Wong

Interim Executive Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation

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Cori Zarek

Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation’s Data + Digital Portfolio, Director of the Digital Service Collaborative

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Associated Faculty

Randall Amster

Program Director and Teaching Professor

Alvaro Bedoya

Founding Director, Center for Privacy & Technology

Maria Cancian

Dean, McCourt School of Public Policy

Elizabeth Edenberg

Senior Ethicist and Assistant Research Professor, Ethics Lab

James Giordano

Professor, Departments of Neurology and Biochemistry; Chief, Neuroethics Studies Program, Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics

Leslie Harris

Adjunct Faculty, Communications, Culture & Technology Graduate Program

Jonathan Healey

Assistant Professor of Practice and Assistant Director, Ethics Lab

Meg Jones

Associate Professor, Communications, Culture & Technology Graduate Program

Subha Madhavan

Chief Data Scientist, Georgetown University Medical Center

Kobbi Nissim

Professor and Robert L. McDevitt, K.S.G., K.C.H.S. and Catherine H. McDevitt L.C.H.S. Term Chair in Computer Science

Sonal Shah

Executive Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation

Rajesh Veeraraghavan

Assistant Professor, School of Foreign Service

Alexandra Reeve Givens

Executive Director, Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy

Alexandra Givens is the founding Executive Director of the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy. She previously served as Chief Counsel for IP and Antitrust to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and to its Chairman/Ranking Member, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). She advised Senator Leahy and developed legislative strategy on matters including patent reform, federal trade secrets legislation, net neutrality, First Amendment issues surrounding online speech, access to medicines, and oversight of mergers and antitrust policy. She previously was a litigator at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City.

Robert Groves

University Provost

Robert M. Groves is the Provost at Georgetown. Dr. Groves is a social statistician who studies the impact of social cognitive and behavioral influences on the quality of statistical information. His research has focused on the impact of mode of data collection on responses in sample surveys, the social and political influences on survey participation, the use of adaptive research designs to improve the cost and error properties of statistics, and public concerns about privacy affecting attitudes toward statistical agencies.

Prior to joining Georgetown as provost he was director of the US Census Bureau (presidential appointment with Senate confirmation), a position he assumed after being director of the University of Michigan Survey Research Center, professor of sociology, and research professor at the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland. He is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association, elected member of the International Statistical Institute, elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, elected member of the US National Academy of Sciences, and elected member of the National Academy of Medicine of the US National Academies.

Maggie Little

Director, Ethics Lab

Dr. Little is Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, a Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown, and the founder and Director of Ethics Lab, a unique team that develops new methods to build ethical frameworks that better address real-world problems. A Rhodes Scholar and fellow of the Hastings Center, she has twice served as Visiting Scholar in residence at the National Institutes of Health Department of Bioethics, and was appointed to the Ethics Committee of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is co-founder of The Second Wave Initiative, which works to promote responsible research into the health needs of pregnant women.

In her previous role as Director of the Kennedy Institute, Dr. Little oversaw the launch of the world’s first Introduction to Bioethics MOOC, the inauguration of the annual Conversations in Bioethics, and the deployment of new experimental undergraduate courses utilizing project-based learning and design studio methods.

Jason Matheny

Director, Center for Security and Emerging Technology

Jason Matheny is founding director of Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology. Previously, he was Assistant Director of National Intelligence and Director of IARPA, responsible for the development of breakthrough technologies for the U.S. intelligence community. Before IARPA, he worked at Oxford University, the World Bank, the Applied Physics Laboratory, the Center for Biosecurity, and Princeton University, and was the co-founder of two biotechnology companies.

Dr. Matheny is a member of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence and the National Academies’ Intelligence Community Studies Board, is a recipient of several awards including the Intelligence Community’s Award for Individual Achievement in Science and Technology and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and was named one of Foreign Policy’s “Top 50 Global Thinkers.” He has served on various White House committees related to artificial intelligence, biosecurity, high-performance computing, and quantum information science. Dr. Matheny holds a Ph.D. in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University, an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University, an M.B.A. from Duke University and a B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Laura Moy

Executive Director, Georgetown Law Center on Privacy & Technology

Laura Moy is the Executive Director of Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy & Technology. She has written, spoken, and advocated before federal agencies and Congress on a broad range of technology policy issues, including law enforcement surveillance, consumer privacy, security research, device portability, copyright, and net neutrality. Her current work focuses on policy issues at the intersection of privacy and criminal justice.

Before joining the Center, Professor Moy was Acting Director of the Communications & Technology Clinic at Georgetown Law’s Institute for Public Representation. Prior to that, she was senior policy counsel at New America’s Open Technology Institute. Professor Moy completed her JD at NYU School of Law and her LLM at Georgetown as part of the law school’s clinical teaching fellowship program.

Paul Ohm

Faculty Director, Georgetown Law Center on Privacy & Technology

Paul Ohm specializes in information privacy, computer crime law, intellectual property, and criminal procedure. He is a professor at Georgetown Law and serves as a faculty director for the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown. In his work, Professor Ohm tries to build new interdisciplinary bridges between law and computer science, focusing on how evolving technology disrupts individual privacy. From 2012 to 2013, he served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Federal Trade Commission, and is commonly cited and quoted by news organizations including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and NPR.

Ohm began his academic career on the faculty of the University of Colorado Law School. Before becoming a professor, he served as a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, and clerked for judges in the United States Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law and Yale University. Professor Ohm blogs at Freedom to Tinker.

Lisa Singh

Professor, Computer Science Department & Massive Data Institute

Dr. Lisa Singh is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and a Research Professor in the Massive Data Institute (MDI) at Georgetown University.  She has authored/co-authored over 70 peer reviewed publications and book chapters related to data-centric computing, i.e. data mining, data privacy, data visualization, and data science. Her interdisciplinary research has been supported by NSF, ONR, DARPA, and SSHRC. 

Dr. Singh’s current projects include learning from public, open source big data to advance social science research involving the understanding of human behavior and opinion, identifying and quantifying noise and poor-quality information on social media, developing methods and tools to better understand forced movement due to conflict, and studying privacy on the web.  Dr. Singh has also recently organized three NITRD and NSF sponsored workshops involving future directions of big data research and is currently involved in different organizations working on increasing participation of women in computing and integrating computational thinking into K-12 curricula. 

William Treanor

Executive Vice President & Dean of the Law Center

William Treanor is the Dean and Executive Vice President of Georgetown University Law Center. Under his leadership, Georgetown Law has grown its faculty; significantly expanded the number of experiential offerings for students; and more than doubled financial aid. He has been recognized as one of the 10 most-cited legal history scholars in the United States, and National Jurist magazine has named him one of the most influential people in legal education four times.

Dr. Treanor’s areas of expertise include constitutional law, property, criminal law, intellectual property and legal history. Before coming to Georgetown, Treanor was Dean and Professor of Law at Fordham Law School, where he began teaching in 1991. He also has served in a variety of positions in the government, including Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice. Dr. Treanor has a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University, a B.A. from Yale College, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Nitin Vaidya

Chair, Department of Computer Science

Nitin Vaidya is the McDevitt Chair of Computer Science at Georgetown. He received Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Vaidya previously served as an Associate Head and Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has co-authored papers that received awards at several conferences. He is a fellow of the IEEE. Dr. Vaidya has served as the Chair of the Steering Committee for the ACM PODC conference, as the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, and as the Editor-in-Chief for ACM SIGMOBILE publication MC2R.

Nate Wong

Interim Executive Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation

Nate specializes in creating lasting social change by both mobilizing talent to defy prevailing orthodoxies, while also helping shape the very systems that impede a prosperous and equitable world for all. He has experience in the private, social, and public sectors, working in over 10 different countries, helping clients maximize their social impact. As Interim Executive Director at Beeck, Nate manages the day-to-day operations of the Beeck Center, helping to mobilize talent for social impact at scale, connecting students of all ages with leading-edge thought leaders.

Nate’s experience has focused on city innovation and helping marketplace leaders utilize their core competencies to maximize their positive social impact. Nate helped launch and direct two social impact units at Deloitte Consulting and more recently at Boston Consulting Group’s non-profit, the Centre for Public Impact in the US. He has spoken and conducted research on the connection between social impact and talent development. Nate has advised over 50 social entrepreneurs through his pioneering work with Halcyon, a premier social enterprise incubator in DC, and has served as a mentor with Obama’s flagship Young African Leaders Initiative and Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative with the State Department. Nate started his career as a user-centered design technologist, coding one of the early instances of Transportation Security Administration’s Traveler Redress system. Nate serves as a Fellow at the Centre for Public Impact, a foundation of Boston Consulting Group.

Cori Zarek

Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation’s Data + Digital Portfolio, Director of the Digital Service Collaborative

Cori Zarek works on technology and policy projects with a goal of helping governments better serve the public. She is the Director of the Digital Service Collaborative at the Georgetown Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation and previously served as the Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer. Before launching this project, Cori led the principles and practices work for Code for America and was a Mozilla fellow. From 2013-2017 at the White House, Cori advised the U.S. Chief Technology Officer and led the team’s work to build a more digital, open, and collaborative government including helping to stand up and support the U.S. Digital Service, 18F and the Presidential Innovation Fellows. Cori also led the U.S. government’s development and implementation of commitments to the Open Government Partnership.

 

Previously, Cori was an attorney at the U.S. National Archives, and before that, at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, where she worked on free press, free expression, and freedom of information issues. She has consulted on civic tech, tech policy, press freedom and freedom of information issues with leaders in countries around the world and teaches First Amendment law as an adjunct professor. She is the President of the Board of Directors for Muckrock, a nonprofit, collaborative news site in the U.S. that promotes transparency for an informed democracy, and also serves on the Advisory Council for the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law.