About Us

Upturn advances equity and justice in the design, governance, and use of technology. Our research and advocacy combine technical fluency and creative policy thinking to confront patterns of inequity, especially those rooted in race and poverty.

We work in partnership with many of the nation’s leading civil rights and public interest organizations. We focus on two primary 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.

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.

Aaron Rieke

Aaron Rieke

Managing Director

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

David Robinson

David Robinson

Managing Director (on leave)

Finds small words for big ideas. Keeps an unpredictable reading list and a consistent yoga schedule.

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.”

Come work with us!

 

We’re currently welcoming applications for a summer fellow.


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.