January 31, 2024

The Bridgespan Group Announces Jake Porway as Data and AI Fellow

Porway will help think about how Bridgespan can responsibly incorporate AI and new ways of using data and technology.

BOSTON—January 31, 2024—The Bridgespan Group announced today that Jake Porway, founder and former CEO of DataKind, has been named Bridgespan’s Data and AI Fellow.

Over four months, Porway will help consider how Bridgespan can responsibly incorporate AI and new ways of using data and technology into its strategic thinking. He will also assist Bridgespan in discussing these subjects with new and existing clients.

“We’re very excited to have Jake join us in this endeavor,” said Derek Brine, a Bridgespan partner who will work closely with Porway. “He has been a leader in the space for over a decade and brings a wealth of technical know-how and practical experience in working with nonprofits and philanthropy to implement data and AI projects.”

Said Porway: “I am so excited to be working with Bridgespan to explore AI's role in the social sector. This newest wave of excitement around AI can truly lead to a more effective social sector and more responsible models for reducing harms from technology, but only if vanguards of social change are involved. As one of the most trusted sources for enabling the nonprofit sector, Bridgespan is the perfect place to build on the work I’ve done with AI and data so far, improve it with their best thinking, and create tools and frameworks that can guide the social sector to its ideal vision of AI for the greater good.” 

Porway founded DataKind, a nonprofit dedicated to harnessing the power of data science and AI, in 2012 and led the organization until 2020. Previously, he worked as a data scientist at The New York Times Research & Development Lab.

Porway holds a Ph.D. in computer vision from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.S. in computer science from Columbia University. His writings on leveraging AI for social good have been featured in publications including Stanford Social Innovation Review, Forbes, Fast Company, and Wired.

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