“We solve the problems we see in the world.” By centering users and communities of color in policy design, Graubard’s Public Interest Technology team is radically re-thinking policy problem solving. From improving the foster care system to better protecting and serving immigrants, Graubard’s team is drawing tech professionals from across high-powered fields to apply their skills in much-needed areas. Sound familiar? Graubard was central to the Obama White House’s revolutionary digital services teams.
Vivian Graubard is the director of strategy for Public Interest Technology at New America. Prior to joining New America, Graubard worked at the White House under President Obama where she was a founding member of the United States Digital Service and also served as a senior advisor and chief of staff to the United States Chief Technology Officer. There, her work focused on the intersection between technology and policy implementation, particularly on issues affecting vulnerable communities, including: improving the immigration process, criminal justice reform, combating human trafficking, and preventing sexual assault and domestic violence. Prior to her work in government, she was a fellow at Polaris Project, a leading non-profit focused on ending human trafficking domestically and abroad. Graubard has been named “Time’s 30 People Under 30 Who Are Changing the World,” “Forbes 30 under 30 in Law and Policy,” and “Business Insider’s Most Influential Women.” She is Latina—Colombian, Cuban, and Puerto Rican—and cares deeply about diversity and inclusion (in tech and beyond!)