B is a technology and facilitation expert who is passionate about creating social change through empowering everyone to participate in technological and social governance. B is a Congressional Innovation Fellow serving in the US Senate advising policy makers on technology policy.
Prior to Congress, B was a Research Program Lead at the Partnership on AI, a non-profit multi-stakeholder initiative to address the most important and difficult decisions on the future of artificial intelligence. PAI was founded by Amazon, Apple, DeepMind, Facebook, Google, IBM, and Microsoft in partnership with leading academic and civil society organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the MacArthur Foundation, Human Rights Watch, and OpenAI. B led PAI research in areas such as fairness, transparency, AI's impact on labor.
Previously, B served as Senior Engagement Lead for IBM's AI division, the Watson Group, where they led strategic conversations with world leaders about implementing Artificial Intelligence in the real world. In June of 2017, B was recognized as an IBM LGBT+ 'Out Role Model' for championing diversity and inclusion in and beyond IBM. Prior to IBM, B was both Product Development and Community Director at Exploding Kittens, a record-breaking crowdfunded card game startup. B also co-led Phenomenon Media 501c3, and arts and education nonprofit, developing an educational tool for teaching code without the need for computers.
B received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Texas at Dallas, and was selected as an MIT-Harvard Assembly Fellow for the 2019 Ethics and Governance in Artificial Intelligence Initiative cohort. Read B's posts.
Service & Pro-Bono
- RadicalxChange - 2020, moderator
"Better Metrics, Shared Prosperity"
- IBM THINK - 2020
"Making AI Trustworthy and Transparent"
- AI Inclusive - 2020
"Why AI Thinks You're a Toaster (and why you should care)"
- Harvard-MIT Assembly - 2019
"Surveillance State of the Union"
- Out in Tech - 2018
- HEC Executive MBA - 2018, closing keynote
"Leading Digital Transformation"
- IBM Code San Francisco - 2018
"How Will AI Affect Us?"
- Leadership California Issues & Trends Program - 2017, closing keynote
"Technology Changing Lives"
- South Bay Conference on Gender & Video Games - 2017
"Designing with Empathy"
- Hackaday "Build Something That Matters" Unconference - 2017
"Learning Code without Computers"
- Global Crowdfunding Convention - 2016
"Fireside Chat with the Winners: Meet Crowdfunding Rockstars!"
- Gen Con - 2016
"Lessons about Community and Kickstarter Learned at Gen Con "