A pioneer of the Data for Good movement, Jake Porway is an expert in the field of data and technology. As Founder and Executive Director of DataKind, a global nonprofit dedicated to using data science and AI in the service of humanity, he has spent nearly a decade working alongside the nonprofit community to drive social change with the power of data science. Jake’s career spans more than 10 years in the data science sector as a statistician and computer scientist. He has worked as a data scientist for the New York Times R&D Lab and was a research scientist studying machine learning and probabilistic modeling tasks with NASA, the Office of Naval Research and other government agencies. A PopTech Social Innovation Fellow and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, Jake was also noted as one of LinkedIn’s Next Wave Top Professionals 35 & Under in 2017 and his efforts have led to DataKind being named one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Nonprofits for 2017.
He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Statistics from UCLA.