B is a technology and facilitation expert who is passionate about creating social change by empowering everyone to participate in technological and social governance. B is the Director of Emerging Technologies for Aspen Digital, a program of the Aspen Institute. They lead Responsible Innovation initiatives, empowering people with understanding about the opportunities and tradeoffs associated with technologies like artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and the distributed web. B also serves as a board member to the Metagovernance Project, an interdisciplinary research nonprofit promoting digital self-governance.
Previously, they advised Senator Ron Wyden on issues of privacy, internet governance, and algorithmic accountability through the Congressional Innovation Fellowship. B continues to serve as a mentor to incoming Congressional fellows. 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. B led PAI research in areas such as fairness, transparency, AI's impact on labor.
B has also served as Senior Engagement Lead for IBM Watson, where they led strategic conversations with world leaders about AI and patented a spooky authentication technique. They were also recognized as an IBM LGBT+ 'Out Role Model' for championing diversity and inclusion in and beyond IBM. B earlier served as Director of both Product Development and Community at Exploding Kittens, a record-breaking crowdfunded card game startup. B also co-led Phenomenon Media 501c3, an 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.
Service & Pro-Bono
- Public Knowledge: Emerging Tech - 2023
"Demystifying Generative AI: Understanding the Technology to Make Better Policy"
- New America Foundation - 2023
"Ensuring Workplace Technologies are a "win-win" for Workers and Employers"
- Accademia delle Scienze dell'Istituto di Bologna - 2022
"The Future of AI"
- DWeb Camp - 2022
"Decentralization + Public Policy = Future of Data Integrity"
- Our Connected Future - 2022
"All Tech Is Human panel featuring Afua Bruce, Cori Zarek and B Cavello"
- TechCongress - 2021
"Fellow Series: B Cavello"
- RadicalxChange - 2020, moderator
"Better Metrics, Shared Prosperity"
- IBM THINK - 2020
"Making AI Trustworthy and Transparent"
- Harvard-MIT Assembly - 2019
"Surveillance State of the Union"