April 14, 2022—Data & Society is thrilled to announce that our Executive Director, Janet Haven, has been appointed to the National AI Advisory Committee by the US Secretary of Commerce. She joins 26 other committee appointees from across academia, the nonprofit sector, civil society, and private industry who will advise the President and the National AI Initiative Office on topics related to the National AI Initiative, including but not limited to, the state of science around AI, issues related to AI workforce, and the current state of US AI competitiveness.
“I’m honored to have been selected to serve on the new National AI Advisory Committee,” said Haven. “I look forward to working alongside fellow committee members to build an inclusive, equitable AI policy agenda that ensures meaningful democratic control over artificial intelligence.”
National AI Advisory Committee members are nominated by the public as expert leaders in AI-related disciplines and may serve a three-year term and may serve two consecutive terms at the discretion of the Secretary of Commerce.
Janet has worked at the intersection of technology policy, governance, and accountability for twenty years, both domestically and internationally. As the Executive Director of Data & Society Research Institute, she leads the organization and defines its position in the field to ensure that empirical evidence directly informs the development and governance of new technology.
Prior to her tenure at Data & Society, Janet spent more than a decade at the Open Society Foundations where she oversaw funding strategies and grantmaking related to technology’s role in strengthening civil society, and was instrumental in shaping the field of data and technology governance.
She currently sits on the board of the Public Lab for Open Technology and Sciences, is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery’s US Tech Policy working group, and advises a range of non-profit organizations. She holds a BA from Amherst College and an MA from the University of Virginia.