Our Team

We have built a world-class team of deeply concerned former tech insiders and CEOs who intimately understand the culture, business incentives, design techniques, and organizational structures driving how technology hijacks our minds.


Since 2013, we have articulated the problem within tech companies and to millions of people through mainstream media outlets like 60 Minutes, TED, and Real Time with Bill Maher. We have convened top industry leaders in private settings and presented directly to Heads of State and political leaders to drive change. We've also worked with leading designers and technology executives to find ways to align their products with the well-being of humanity.


Tristan Harris
Co-Founder & Executive Director

Tristan Harris, called the “closest thing Silicon Valley has to a conscience” by The Atlantic magazine, was the former Design Ethicist at Google. He became a world expert on how technology steers the thoughts, actions, and relationships that structure two billion people’s lives, leaving Google to engage public conversation about the issue. Tristan spent over a decade understanding subtle psychological forces, from his childhood as a magician, to working with the Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab, to his role as CEO of Apture, a technology company that was acquired by Google. His work has been featured on 60 Minutes, TED, The Atlantic, the PBS News Hour, and more. He has worked with major technology CEOs and briefed political leaders, including Heads of State. Tristan holds several patents from his work at Apple, Wikia, Apture, and Google.


Roger McNamee
Founding Advisor

Roger McNamee is co-founder of Elevation Partners, Silver Lake Partners, and Integral Capital Partners. During his 35-year career, Roger made institutional venture investments in Facebook, Yelp, Electronic Arts, Rambus, Overture, Intuit, Flextronics, Informatica, Sybase, Cerent, Spectrum Holobyte, and Extreme Networks.  Past private equity investments include Seagate Technology, Gartner Group, Palm, Homestore, and Datek (Ameritrade).  Roger serves on the board of directors of the Haight Street Art Center and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Museum, and the advisory board of the Open Markets Institute and the Electronic Privacy Information Center.  He is a past board member of Bryn Mawr College and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.


Renée DiResta
Founding Advisor

Renee DiResta is the Director of Research at New Knowledge, and Head of Policy at nonprofit Data for Democracy. Renee investigates the spread of disinformation and manipulated narratives across social networks, and assists policymakers in understanding and responding to the problem. She has advised Congress, the State Department, and other academic, civic, and business organizations. In 2017, Renee was named a Presidential Leadership Scholar. She is a 2018 Mozilla Foundation Fellow in Media, Misinformation, and Trust, a Harvard Berkman-Klein Center affiliate, and a Staff Associate at Columbia University Data Science Institute.


Randima (Randy) Fernando
Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer

Randy Fernando brings a values-driven mix of management, technology, and nonprofit backgrounds. For 7 years, he was Executive Director at Mindful Schools, a nonprofit he helped to grow from a fledgling $200K organization to a $4 million leader in the mindfulness field, impacting nearly a million children worldwide. Prior to that, Randy ran several award-winning projects over 7 years at NVIDIA, including three books he authored on real-time computer graphics. His work has been used in many top-flight video games, including Grand Theft Auto V, Assassin's Creed IV, and Far Cry 4.


Lynn Fox
Director of PR

Lynn Fox has provided strategic communications counsel and strategy to high profile tech leaders for over 20 years. She held senior in-house positions at Apple (twice), Google, Twitter, Palm, DIRECTV and Lucasfilm, and as Founder of Fox Communications has launched new companies and products, and guided major brands through intense public challenges. Lynn now works behind the scenes to help guide messaging, positioning and media relations for the Center for Humane Technology and tech organizations of every size.


Sandy Parakilas
Chief Strategy Officer

Sandy Parakilas is an entrepreneur who has worked in product, marketing and operations roles at Uber, Facebook, and several other companies. He has started companies in both media and technology, and also writes and speaks about issues related to the technology industry. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, the Guardian and WIRED. He has advised Congress and the UK Parliament on privacy and technology policy issues.


Aza Raskin

Aza Raskin helped build the web at Mozilla as head of user experience, was named to Inc and Forbes 30-under-30 and became the Fast Company Master of Design for his work founding Massive Health, a consumer health and big data company. The company was acquired by Jawbone, where he was VP of Innovation. Before that, he founded Songza.com (acquired by Google), and studied dark matter physics. For Aza, the problem is especially personal: his father, Jef Raskin, created the Macintosh project at Apple with the vision that technology should help, not harm, humans.


Cailleach Dé Weingart-Ryan
Chief of Staff

Cailleach Dé Weingart-Ryan has a diversity of experience across technology, consulting and finance. In addition to experience at several startups, she was most recent a principal at Axiom Consulting Partners. Before that, she worked at Boston Consulting Group after transitioning from finance, where she worked at private equity firm Advent International and in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley.

Founding Allies


James Williams

Co-Founder, Time Well Spent
Ex-Google, Philosopher at
Oxford Internet Institute


Joe Edelman

Co-Founder, Time Well Spent
Philosopher Sociologist
Ex-CTO, CouchSurfing


Max Stossel

Head of Education
Ex-VaynerMedia, Ex-Anomaly,
Award-Winning Artist 


Key Advisors & Community


Azita Ardakani

Honeycomb Portfolio


Stephen DeBerry

Bronze Investments


Chris Hughes

Co-Founder, Facebook
Author, Fair Shot


Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn

Founder, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction


Dr. Robert Lustig

Professor Emeritus


Cathy O'Neil

Mathematician, Author of
Weapons of Math Destruction


Hong Qu

Researcher, Harvard
YouTube's First Designer


Justin Rosenstein

Co-Founder of Asana
Co-Invented FB 'Like' Button


Marietje Schaake

European Parliament Representative,
The Netherlands


Dr.  Natasha Schüll

Professor, NYU
Addiction by Design


Evan Sharp

Co-Founder & COO


K. Krasnow Waterman

Visiting Scientist


Tim Wu

Professor, Columbia Law School
Author, The Attention Merchants


John Zimmer

Co-Founder & President








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