Executive Director

Janet Haven

Janet Haven leads Data & Society, defining our position in the field and ensuring that empirical evidence directly informs the development and governance of new technology.

Janet Haven is the executive director of Data & Society. She has worked at the intersection of technology policy, governance, and accountability for more than twenty years, both domestically and internationally. Janet is a member of the National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee (NAIAC), which advises President Biden and the National AI Initiative Office on a range of issues related to artificial intelligence. In 2024, she became an appointed AI expert for the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Body on AI. Janet is also a member of Partnership on AI’s philanthropy steering committee, and has brought her expertise in nonprofit governance to bear through varied board memberships. She writes and speaks regularly on matters related to technology and society, federal AI research and development, and AI governance and policy.

Before joining D&S, Janet spent more than a decade at the Open Society Foundations. There, she oversaw funding strategies and worldwide grant-making related to technology, human rights, and governance, and played a substantial role in shaping the emerging international field focused on technology and accountability.

Janet began her career in technology start-ups in Central Europe and lived in the region for more than fifteen years. She holds an MA from the University of Virginia and a BA from Amherst College.

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