An honest but humble critic. Chooses her words carefully. Loves to get lost in the weeds and find her way back.

Natasha Duarte is a project director at Upturn. Based in Washington D.C., Upturn advances equity and justice in the design, governance, and use of technology. Natasha leads Upturn’s housing work, which focuses on understanding and limiting the use of digital records and tenant screening technologies as barriers to housing. Natasha’s other areas of research include the application of civil rights laws to hiring technologies and online advertising.

Before she came to Upturn, Natasha worked at the Center for Democracy & Technology, where she managed a broad portfolio of projects at the intersection of technology, equity, and individual rights. Natasha has authored reports on the impacts of algorithms in government surveillance, online content moderation, mobile health apps, and K-12 education.

Natasha is a 2016 graduate of the joint J.D.-M.A. program in the School of Law and the School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina. She served on the North Carolina Law Review Board of Editors, wrote her thesis on predictive policing technologies, and interned at the ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Electronic Privacy Information Center. She earned her B.A. from the UNC School of Journalism and Media with a focus on reporting.