Meet the team

We’re a diverse, passionate group of nomads. As a team we have expertise in everything from information activism to responsible data to inclusive facilitation.

Ivan Sigal
Executive Director, Global Voices

Ivan is the executive director of Global Voices and a leader in the development of alternative media organizations. He is also a photographer, artist and writer, with work in major museum collections, and the author of White Road, a two-volume monograph about Siberia and Central Asia. He is an affiliate of Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, the board chair for the Open Society Foundation’s Documentary Photography Project, a co-founder of Screen Projects, and a 2016 Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good. He is an advisory board member for the Benetech Human Rights Program. He was an adjunct professor at the Corcoran College of Art & Design, teaching visual storytelling, and a Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, where he wrote about shifts in media technologies, and their effects on violent conflict. He was a regional director and vice president for Internews Network, based in the former Soviet Union and Asia for over a decade, where he developed and led dozens of media initiatives focused on conflict, humanitarian disaster and transitional societies.

Elizabeth Lindsey
Executive Director, Byte Back

Elizabeth Lindsey is the executive director of Byte Back, a nonprofit in the US working to improve economic opportunity by providing computer training and career preparation to underserved Washington, DC metro area residents. Prior to her work at Byte Back, Lindsey served as the Chief Operating Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer at Groundswell in Washington, DC. She has also worked at the DC Department of Employment Services and has focused on economic development for populations of women and minorities in New Jersey. Elizabeth earned her master’s in public affairs and urban and regional planning from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and her bachelor’s in history and French from Swarthmore College. Elizabeth serves on the Board of Directors of The Workplace DC, a Washington workforce development collaborative, and on the Board of Directors of the Goodwill Excel Center.

Elizabeth Eagen
Deputy Director, CAT Lab at Cornell University

Elizabeth Eagen is Deputy Director of the Citizens and Technology Lab at Cornell University, which works with communities to study the effects of technology on society and test ideas for changing digital spaces to better serve the public interest. CAT Lab envisions a world where digital power is guided by evidence and accountable to the public. Previously, she established and led the Emerging Technology portfolio at the Open Society Foundations’ Information Program. This initiative funded the use of emergent technologies in evidence and advocacy, building the role of knowledge management; and the use of data visualization tools, data science, statistics, and new media tactics by civil society and policymakers. She founded the Human Rights Data Initiative, and led the Urbanization Working Group, which explored urbanization and open society through programming, research, and debate. Elizabeth holds masters degrees in Public Policy and Russian and Eastern European Studies from the University of Michigan, and a BA from Macalester College.

María Baron
Global Executive Director of Directorio Legislativo

María Baron is an Argentine journalist and Global Executive Director of Directorio Legislativo, an organization that promotes democratic consolidation and access to information throughout Latin America. She is the co-founder of the Latin American Network for Legislative Transparency, a group of activists across 14 countries. For her efforts in advocating for accountability and ethics in government, she received NDI’s Democracy Award for Civic Innovation. María is a Fulbright-APSA Congressional  Fellow and a Reagan-Fascell Fellow. She is a member of the civil society steering committee of the Open Government Partnership and sits on the board of CEDA Washington. María is an avid soccer player and a mother of three.