The Cloudera Foundation is excited to welcome two new members to its board of directors: data strategist Natalie Evans Harris and policy veteran Anne Toth.
As pioneers in tech, Harris and Toth bring decades of experience in both the public and private sectors, including an abundance of expertise in data governance and privacy.
Harris is a thought leader on the ethical and responsible use of data. She has spent nearly 20 years advancing the public sector’s strategic use of data, including a 16-year career at the National Security Agency, and 18 months with Obama Administration. Harris co-founded and currently serves as Head of Strategic Initiatives of BrightHive, a data trust platform.
“I believe that through our collective power, data can support transforming the human experience,” Harris said. “All people have the ability to evolve their lives and communities when the right data is accessible at the right time in the right way.”
Harris also founded the Community-driven Principles for Ethical Data Sharing (CPEDS) community of practice with over 1,200 active members focused on strengthening ethical practices in the data science community through crowdsourcing of a Data Science Code of Ethics. Now the Global Data Ethics Project (GDEP) she serves as its Strategic Advisor in advancing the adoption of tools, techniques, and practices developed by the community. As a Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer in the Obama Administration, she founded The Data Cabinet – a federal data science community of practice with over 200 active members across more than 40 federal agencies.
“Cloudera Foundation’s dedication to using data for social change aligns perfectly with my personal and professional beliefs,” Harris said. “I’m excited to be able to contribute to the foundation’s work at the highest level.”
Toth was recently Head of Technology Policy & Partnerships at the World Economic Forum and was a member of the founding leadership team at the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Prior to that, she was the Vice President of People & Policy for Slack, where she managed privacy, security, policy and compliance, along with people operations and recruiting.
“In the world of data, we have two very different realities,” Toth said. “In the corporate world, we have vast quantities of data concentrated in the hands of a few, large organizations with incredible resources and powerful tools. In the world of government, NGOs and nonprofits, we have the opposite challenge of data being an inch deep and a mile wide and technical expertise often being in short supply.
“I’m thrilled to join the Cloudera Foundation to help bring the expertise and tools leveraged by the private sector to the world of Data for Good, helping NGOS and similar organizations maximize the value of data for social benefit.”
Earlier in her career, Toth was the Head of Privacy for Google’s social products and was Yahoo!’s Chief Trust Officer. Toth has testified before Congress about online privacy and behavioral advertising and before the Article 29 Working Party in Europe on search data retention policies. She has appeared in many media outlets on the topics of privacy, security, diversity, and the role of women in technology.
Harris and Toth will work alongside Board Chairman Mike Olson, co-founder of Cloudera Inc.; Board Secretary John Martinez, and Board Member Claudia Juech, who is also the foundation’s CEO and president.
“We are thrilled to have two stellar additions to our board,” Juech said. “Their deep expertise and broad experience in the field of data will strengthen the Foundation’s ability to assist nonprofits along the full data lifecycle and do so responsibly, guided by clear ethical guidelines. We are grateful for their involvement.”
The Cloudera Foundation is a Silicon Valley-based private philanthropy established by Cloudera, Inc., the enterprise data cloud company. The foundation works to enable nonprofits worldwide to use advanced data analytics and machine learning to improve people’s lives and protect the planet. We collaborate with grantees to build their data engineering capacity through direct access to technology, data expertise and long-term technical support. Our multi-year partnerships allow nonprofits to establish infrastructure and develop technical capabilities to scale and sustain their high-impact work.
The foundation also manages Cloudera, Inc.’s employee giving program Cloudera Cares, empowering Clouderans around the world to give back to the global communities where they work and live.