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.

 
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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.

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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.

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Dr. Guillaume Chaslot
Advisor

Guillaume Chaslot worked on the YouTube recommendation engine and the measuring the effectiveness of brand advertising at Google. Since then, he founded AlgoTransparency, an initiative dedicated to revealing how the YouTube recommendation engine can harmfully shape public discourse. Guillaume was also on the team that beat the first professionals at Computer Go with a 9 to 6 stone handicap.

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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.

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Randima (Randy) Fernando
Co-Founder & Head of Operations

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.

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Lynn Fox
Head of Communications

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.

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David Jay
Head of Mobilization

David has spent 20 years at the intersection of technology and movement building. He is the founder of Asexuality.org, the world's first and largest community of people identifying as asexual, and has advised organizations ranging from Planned Parenthood to 350.org on strategies which leverage technology to build meaningful human relationships. As an engineer and product lead he has worked with projects ranging from Samsung Next to Mozilla's Coral Project and the 2018 midterm elections. David has also served as a CTO or technical lead at numerous startups.

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Abby Hall
Chief of Staff

Abby Hall has dedicated her career to public service and to the mission of working with companies, nonprofits and communities to improve people's lives. Her work managing public and press events for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration helped develop relationships among CEOs, community leaders, national and international press as well as world leaders. Abby's specialty is grounding strategic planning, scheduling, event management, team building and fundraising in values-based connection.

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Rebecca Lendl
Head of Strategic Partnerships

Rebecca has dedicated her career in nonprofit management to supporting organizational growth through fundraising, strategic planning, and community-building grounded in shared purpose. Rebecca has worked as a consultant and strategist, as well as on staff with leading cultural institutions in San Francisco and New York including Creative Commons, Headlands Center for the Arts, Creative Time, MoMA PS1, and The New School.

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Aza Raskin
Co-Founder

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.

Founding Allies

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James Williams

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

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Joe Edelman

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

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Max Stossel

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

 

Key Advisors & Community

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Azita Ardakani

Partner
Honeycomb Portfolio

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Stephen DeBerry

Founder
Bronze Investments

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Tom Gruber

Co-Founder
Siri

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Chris Hughes

Co-Founder, Facebook
Author, Fair Shot

 
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Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn

Founder, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

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Dr. Robert Lustig

Professor Emeritus
UCSF

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Cathy O'Neil

Mathematician, Author of
Weapons of Math Destruction

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Sandy Parakilas

Ex-Facebook

 
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Hong Qu

Researcher, Harvard
YouTube's First Designer

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Justin Rosenstein

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

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Marietje Schaake

European Parliament Representative,
The Netherlands

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Dr.  Natasha Schüll

Professor, NYU
Author,
Addiction by Design

 
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Evan Sharp

Co-Founder & COO
Pinterest

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K. Krasnow Waterman

Visiting Scientist
MIT

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Tim Wu

Professor, Columbia Law School
Author, The Attention Merchants

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John Zimmer

Co-Founder & President
Lyft

 
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Craig Newmark
Philanthropies

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Evolve
Foundation

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Ford
Foundation

 
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Gerald Schwartz & Heather Reisman Foundation

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Hewlett
Foundation

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J. W. Couch
Foundation

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Knight
Foundation

 
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Omidyar
Network

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Common Sense
Media

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The National
Day of Unplugging


 

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