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Afua Bruce

Chief Program Officer at DataKind / computer engineering

Afua Bruce is a public interest technologist who uses tech and data to help empower communities. ||Afua is the Chief Program Officer at DataKind, a global nonprofit that harnesses the power of data science and AI in the service of humanity. Afua leads DataKind’s product offerings, center of excellence, volunteer community, and chapter network to partner with social sector organizations around the world. Prior to joining DataKind, Afua was the Director of Engineering for New America’s Public Interest Technology program. At New America, Afua oversaw projects in technology and policy to improve outcomes in criminal justice reform, foster care, immigration, the opioid epidemic, and more. She also supervised the Public Interest Technology University Network. Previously, she spent several years leading science and technology strategy and program management in the Federal government 00 as the Executive Director of the White House’s National Science and Technology Council and in a variety of positions at the FBI. Before joining the Federal government, she began her career as a software engineer at IBM.||Afua holds a degree in Computer Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Michigan. She is a fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Technology and Public Purpose Project. She is also an If/Then Ambassador and has a statue in the If/Then Exhibit showcasing 120 powerful women in STEM.

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