About Us

Upturn advances equity and justice in the design, governance, and use of technology.

We believe technology should advance justice, not amplify racial and economic inequities.

We drive policy change through rigorous research, legal and policy advocacy, and other timely interventions.

We work across disciplines, bringing computer science, quantitative, and legal and policy expertise to bear on the most pressing civil rights challenges.

We seek out partnerships with local and national advocates, litigators, academics, and others to ensure our work is responsive, informed, and impactful.

Our work focuses on two primary issue areas:

Upturn is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC.


Our Team


Tinuola Dada

Tinuola Dada

Research Assistant

Passionate advocate, dependable ally. Figuring out how to actualize utopia.

Fiona Dale

Fiona Dale

Operations Coordinator

Optimist. List-maker. Motivated by happy hours and hard deadlines.

Natasha Duarte

Natasha Duarte

Senior Policy Analyst

Devoted to short sentences and concrete plans. Hates buzzwords. Thrives in community.

Mingwei Hsu

Mingwei Hsu

Senior Quantitative Analyst

Active listener. Loves efficiency. Always has a song stuck in his head.

Urmila Janardan

Urmila Janardan

Research Assistant

Led by curiosity. Equal parts goofy and intense. Amateur climber and critic.

Logan Koepke

Logan Koepke

Senior Policy Analyst

An energetic taskmaster who can manage a diverse docket. Curious by default. Lover of coffee and vinyl.

Emily Paul

Emily Paul

Policy Analyst

Interested in redistributing power around the design and use of technology to the people most impacted by it. Aspiring pleasure activist.

Sarika Ram

Sarika Ram

Summer Fellow

Prison abolitionist. Em dash enthusiast. Drink of choice—chocolate milk.

Aaron Rieke

Aaron Rieke

Managing Director

Flexible and pragmatic. A diplomatic debater. Great at explaining complex board games.

Emma Weil

Emma Weil

Research Assistant

Empathetic and always learning. Cares a lot about tech and the people using it.

Harlan Yu

Harlan Yu

Executive Director

Technologist. Highly excitable, but disturbingly calm under pressure. His default answer is always “yes.”


Board of Directors

Nabiha Syed

Nabiha Syed

Treasurer

President, The Markup

Paul Ohm

Paul Ohm

Secretary

Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Georgetown Law

Harlan Yu

Harlan Yu

President

Executive Director, Upturn


Our Funding

Upturn is generously supported by the following philanthropic organizations.



Upturn received its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt determination in September 2017.

If you’re interested in supporting Upturn’s work, please get in touch.