Civic Engagement Series - The Role of Tech in Democracy

Technology has a growing role in the way that everyday Americans interact with their community and the government. The result is an emerging new field known as CivTech, which spans the for-profit, non-profit, and political sectors. Civically minded individuals would benefit from understanding the current state of CivTech, as well as the continued importance that Silicon Valley will play in its development.

The Harvard Business School Association of Northern California is proud to present an expert panel to discuss the emerging focus on CivTech and how it will continue to shape the way people engage with government and each other.

This CivTech panel will include Gisel Kordestani (CEO of Crowdpac), Minnie Ingersoll (COO of Code for America), and Steph Hannon (CPO of Strava & former CTO of the Hillary Clinton campaign). Our moderator, Shireen Santosham (CIO, City of San Jose), will lead a discussion around the emerging focus on CivTech and how it will continue to shape the way people engage with government and each other.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018
6:00 - 8:30pm
Talk: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Morrison & Foerster LLP
425 Market Street, 33rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

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HBS/ANC members: $25.00
Nonmembers: $40.00

Minnie Ingersoll
Chief Operating Officer, Code for America

Minnie Ingersoll is currently Chief Operating Officer at Code for America because she believes that everyone deserves access to basic human services like food, jobs and justice. And she believes that government can build digital services that are simple, easy to use, and serve the people trying to use them.

She started her career as an early product manager at Google where she co-founded the Access team; a cross-functional product, policy, and engineering team that spun off Google Fiber.

She left Google after 11+ years to become COO of Shift, a Goldman Sachs and DFJ-funded company that she founded and scaled to $90M run-rate. In her spare time she volunteers for the city of San Francisco, surfs baby waves, and raises baby people.
Stephanie Hannon
Chief Product Officer at Strava, formerly Chief Technology Officer at Hillary for America

Stephanie Hannon is the Chief Product Officer at Strava. Prior to Strava, she was the chief technology officer of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. She was the first woman to hold the title of CTO on a major presidential campaign. Prior to working for the Clinton campaign, Hannon was Google's director of product management for civic innovation and social impact. Her focus was on building tools to help communities respond to natural disasters as well as producing and sharing transparent election results. She worked previously as a product manager on Google Maps and Google Wave. Stephanie holds a B.S. Computer Systems Engineering and M.S.E.E. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Gisel Kordestani
Co-founder & CEO Crowdpac

Gisel is a tech entrepreneur who has worked in early stage startups, management consulting and spent over eight years at Google in senior global roles in finance and new business development.

Gisel co-founded Crowdpac, in 2013 and serves as its CEO. Crowdpac’s mission is to help more people participate in the political process through running for office and funding candidates and causes they believe in. Crowdpac is the only platform where candidates can test the waters of a run for office without a bank account or formal campaign.

She is a founding member of the Leadership Now Project, a nonpartisan membership organization of business professionals who are concerned with the future of our democracy, where she currently serves on the Steering Committee. Gisel holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in international affairs from the American University in Paris. She is Vice-Chair of the Mercy Corps Board.
Shireen Santosham
Chief Innovation Officer, City of San Jose

Shireen Santosham is a tech optimist. In 2016, under Mayor Liccardo, she launched San Jose’s Smart City Vision initiative and has since championed affordable broadband, autonomous vehicle pilots, a comprehensive privacy policy, and apps and social media help residents interact with the city more easily.

Prior to joining the city, she launched innovative initiatives across sectors. She led research to size the gender gap in internet access for women in the developing world while a Director at GSMA, helped to launch the Center for Government while at McKinsey & Company, helped to secure $50M to combat global overfishing while at Oceana, and helped to stand up the Allen Institute for Brain Science while an impact investor at Vulcan Capital.

She was named to GovTech’s List of 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers in 2018, and her work has been featured in Bloomberg Technology, KQED, and Ars Technica. She has spoken at the Consumer Electronics Show, Mobile World Congress, the United Nations Beijing +20 conference, the United States Congress, Harvard University, UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and Columbia University.

Shireen holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, an M.P.A in International Development from Harvard Kennedy School, and a B.S. and B.A. with honors from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a fellow at the Young Leaders Forum hosted by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and previously a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations and Global Governance Futures Fellow at the Bosch Foundation.

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This event is provided in partnership with the Leadership Now Project.

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