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Michele Jawando

Senior Vice President of Programs, Omidyar Network

As Omidyar Network’s first senior vice president of programs, Michele oversees the program teams’ global mission across impact themes as Omidyar Network works to tackle the biggest, most intractable challenges facing the planet in the decades ahead.

Before joining Omidyar Network, Michele Jawando was the head of US strategic engagement and public policy partnerships at Google. As an executive leader and senior member of Google’s public policy team, she was responsible for developing strategic relationships and partnerships with elected officials, think tanks, nonprofits, and thought leaders across the US. In that capacity, she helped to direct over $80 million in resources to issues related to elections, cybersecurity, gender equity, disability rights, and more.

Prior to Google, Michele served as vice president at the Center for American Progress, a think tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action. Building on the achievements of progressive pioneers such as Teddy Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, her work at CAP addressed 21st century challenges such as national security, climate, race and gender equity, economic growth and opportunity, civic participation, and health care.


Michele has also served as general counsel and senior advisor to United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as well as Foreign Relations Chair, Congressman Gregory Meeks, where she spearheaded bipartisan legislative achievements on behalf of each of the members, including passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act, and the confirmations of Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, among others.


A regular commentator for international and US television, print, and radio, Jawando is an author, serial entrepreneur, and afro-tech futurist who believes that we can create and build the future we desire across our differences.


Jawando received her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law and a B.A. from Hampton University. She is the wife of the Honorable William Jawando, Esq. of Maryland and the mother of four young children.

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Evaluation Panel Members

Evaluation Panel judges will score and provide feedback on the applications assigned to them using the scoring rubric, and each valid application will receive five sets of reviews with scores that have been statistically normalized to ensure a level playing field. Applicants are encouraged to use this valuable feedback to strengthen and refine their solutions as they implement projects and secure other funding sources.  

Meet the judges featured here, and more Evaluation Panel members will be added in the next few months.

Richard

Richard Whitt
President, GLIA Foundation

Richard

Richard Whitt
President, GLIA Foundation

Astha

Astha Kapoor
Co-Founder, Aapti Institute

Astha

Astha Kapoor
Co-Founder, Aapti Institute

Jeni

Jeni Tennison
Founder & Executive Director, Connected by Data; ex-ODI CEO

Jeni

Jeni Tennison
Founder & Executive Director, Connected by Data; ex-ODI CEO

Dirk

Dirk Bergemann
Professor, Yale University

Dirk

Dirk Bergemann
Professor, Yale University

David

David Eaves
Associate Professor in Digital Government, UCL

David

David Eaves
Associate Professor in Digital Government, UCL

Parminder

Parminder Jeet Singh
Executive Director, IT for Change

Parminder

Parminder Jeet Singh
Executive Director, IT for Change

Salome

Salome Viljoen
Fellow, Columbia Law School

Salome

Salome Viljoen
Fellow, Columbia Law School

J. Bob

J. Bob Alotta
VP, Global Programs, Mozilla Data Futures Lab

J. Bob

J. Bob Alotta
VP, Global Programs, Mozilla Data Futures Lab

Safiya

Safiya Noble
Co-founder & Faculty Director, UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry

Safiya

Safiya Noble
Co-founder & Faculty Director, UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry

Sylvie

Sylvie Delacroix
Professor in Law and Ethics , University of Birmingham

Sylvie

Sylvie Delacroix
Professor in Law and Ethics , University of Birmingham

Tim

Tim O'Reilly
Founder, O'Reilly Media

Tim

Tim O'Reilly
Founder, O'Reilly Media

Paul

Paul Romer
Professor, NYU

Paul

Paul Romer
Professor, NYU

Rainer

Rainer Kattel
Professor & Deputy Director, Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, University College London

Rainer

Rainer Kattel
Professor & Deputy Director, Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, University College London

Lili

Lili Gangas
Chief Technology Community Officer, Kapor Center

Lili

Lili Gangas
Chief Technology Community Officer, Kapor Center

Benjamin

Benjamin Moskowitz
Vice President, Innovation Lab, Consumer Reports

Benjamin

Benjamin Moskowitz
Vice President, Innovation Lab, Consumer Reports

Tazin

Tazin Khan Norelius
Founder, Cyber Collective

Tazin

Tazin Khan Norelius
Founder, Cyber Collective

Paromita

Paromita Shah
Executive Director, Just Futures Law

Paromita

Paromita Shah
Executive Director, Just Futures Law

Mahlet (Milly)

Mahlet Zimeta
Head of Public Policy, The Open Data Institute

Mahlet (Milly)

Mahlet Zimeta
Head of Public Policy, The Open Data Institute

Bruce

Bruce Schneier
Fellow, Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School

Bruce

Bruce Schneier
Fellow, Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School

Bertrand

Bertrand de la Chapelle
Co-Founder & Chief Vision Officer, Datasphere Initiative; Executive Director & Co-founder, Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network

Bertrand

Bertrand de la Chapelle
Co-Founder & Chief Vision Officer, Datasphere Initiative; Executive Director & Co-founder, Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network

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Selection Committee Members

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Tim

Tim O'Reilly
Founder, O'Reilly Media

Paul

Paul Romer
Professor, NYU

Tazin

Tazin Khan Norelius
Founder, Cyber Collective

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