Who We Are

In a world where we’re glued to our phones and trapped in our filter bubbles, the communities we form online are as important as our relationships in real life. But these communities are under attack by fake news and disinformation, undermining our financial systems, our energy infrastructure, even our democracy.

We can help. We’re national security, digital media, and machine learning experts who have been building and defending online communities since the dawn of social media.

The Team


Jonathon - CEO

Jonathon has spent the past 12 years building new technologies and digital products. He's also published research with the Brookings Institution, served as a Special Advisor to the State Department, and leads Data for Democracy, a volunteer collective of 3,300 data scientists and technologists.



Sandeep - CTO

Sandeep is a passionate technologist with more than a decade of experience architecting and building large enterprise solutions. Sandeep enjoys photography, playing basketball and spending time with his family.



Ryan - COO

Ryan spent 15 years at the NSA championing next-generation SIGINT solutions, driven to support national security interests. Prior to his civilian roles as a Counter Terrorism Fellow and NSA Representative European SIGINT partners, he served under U.S. Joint Special Operation Command (JSOC), as a CNO Analyst for the U.S. Army.


Renee - Director of Research

Renee has a decade of experience in technological, marketing, and business capacities in a variety of industries including supply chain logistics, venture capital, and derivatives trading. She has served as an advisor to the State Department, Congress, and other state and federal government institutions concerned with the spread of disinformation and propaganda. She is the Head of Policy at Data for Democracy.


Bryan - Director of Analytics

Bryan spent 12 years at the NSA developing analytic tradecraft and SIGINT development for Counter-Terrorism activities. Prior to various civilian positions, he served under U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), as a CNO targeter and mission manager.


Annie - VP Operations

Annie studied at the University of California at Berkeley, focusing on International Relations and Military History. She has a background in finance, operations and management, and is a former company Founder/CEO. She grew up in Hong Kong and Singapore and was also a competitive alpine ski racer. In her free time she enjoys reading fantasy novels.


Paul - Research Scientist

Paul received a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2014. He has written scientific software and consulted for a number of companies, including Oracle, MathWorks and a variety of startups. He has been known to enjoy a friendly but competitive game of soccer.


David - Data Scientist

David earned a Masters in Computer Science specializing in Machine Learning and a B.S. in Physics, both from Rice University. In his free time, he enjoys playing Dungeons and Dragons and doing Krav Maga.



Kirk - Software Engineer

Kirk is a software engineer focused on JavaScript development. He has previously built and supported MVPs for businesses ranging from startups to large corporations. Kirk is a certified coffee snob and a board game geek, and has a background in physics.


Craig - Data Scientist

Craig studied computer science in the PhD program at UT Austin where he focused on machine learning and artificial intelligence with an emphasis on reinforcement learning. When he’s away from his computer, Craig enjoys rock climbing, playing guitar, and woodworking.


Christian - Software Engineer

Christian is a software developer who specializes in building web servers and user interfaces. He has experience prototyping applications for early-stage startups, is a co-founder of the nonprofit Kids4Cure, and has been known to play a mean keyboard solo.


Ben - Senior Data Engineer

Ben studied Economics at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and has a background in investment banking technology. He loves building tools, specializing in data acquisition pipelines. An avid Python enthusiast, he can be found roaming the halls at NYC Python meetups and larger tech conferences. He listens to way too many podcasts and enjoys distance running.


Becky - Data Scientist

Becky has a Masters degree in Biology and studied ecology and population genetics of native bees to improve species conservation practices. She enjoys applying modeling and statistical techniques from population genetics and bioinformatics to problems in Data Science. In her free time she raises chickens and works in her veggie garden.


Astrid - Community & Anthropology

Astrid is the community manager for Data For Democracy. She is an anthropologist by training, and technologist by choice with a background in research, data analysis, and web development. Astrid likes reading real books, playing with her three dogs, wandering around museums, and making noise with her keyboard and guitar.



Rachele - Senior Analyst

Rachele spent over 10 years as an analyst with the Department of Defense. She has a BA in Middle East Studies and an MA in Diplomacy and International Commerce. In her free time, Rachele enjoys traveling, yoga, and stand up paddle boarding.


Raj - QA Engineer

Raj earned a Master degree at Lamar university and a technologist by choice. Raj enjoys playing cricket and spending time with his family in his free time.


Garrett - Data Scientist

Garrett is a cognitive neuroscientist with a research background focused on human and machine learning. He received his PhD in Cognitive and Brain Sciences at Binghamton University, where he conducted research on categorization, similarity and transfer as a member of the Learning and Representation in Cognition and Brain and Machine Labs.


Dakota - Software Engineer

Dakota believes that computers should be useful tools that improve people’s lives. An early adopter and zealous advocate of the Internet, he’s also not afraid of using a soldiering iron, and he makes his own tortillas. His favorite guitar is a Telecaster.