Nick Sinai

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Nick Sinai is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and head instructor of DPI-663.  Nick came to Harvard from the White House, where he was U.S. Deputy CTO.  Nick’s research, writing, and teaching is focused on technology and innovation in government—including co-authoring a 2016 Harvard Business School case about the U.S. Digital Service.  Nick is a faculty affiliate of the Shorenstein Center, and helped start Digital HKS, a school-wide effort to bring more technology, innovation, and design to Harvard Kennedy School.  Nick is a faculty mentor to the Harvard Open Data Project, a group of over 40 Harvard College students showcasing uses of Harvard University data—including predicting the results of the undergraduate student government election.  Nick is a Senior Advisor at Insight Venture Partners and a board member of BrightBytes.

Nick is a faculty mentor to Coding It Forward, a student-led nonprofit that runs the Civic Digital Fellowship, a new pipeline into public service for technology students.  Nick is a board member of Global EIR, a nonprofit network of entrepreneurs, investors, and universities dedicated to solving founders' immigration problems.  Nick is also an advisor to Upsolve, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that improves consumer access to Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection.


Course Assistants


Stephanie Nguyen

Stephanie Nguyen is a Masters in Public Policy candidate at Harvard Kennedy School and Gleitsman fellow at the Center for Public Leadership. Most recently, she was lead product designer and researcher at The White House for the U.S. Digital Service at Health and Human Services, State Department and the Department of Education. Before that she was cofounder of a startup funded by the DC Government working on wearable technology, mapping and navigation. In the community, Stephanie was co-organizer of DCFemTech, a women in tech alliance actively involved in encouraging tech education and mentorship for women and minorities for thousands of women in the DC Metro area. She has been profiled in The Washington Post, The Washingtonian's 2015 Top Tech Titans and Biznow’s Top 40 Women in Tech.


Brian Lefler

Brian Lefler is an MC/MPA’18.  He is a software engineer and founding member of the U.S. Digital Service, a White House office which works to improve federal IT.  He worked on the technical components of three major initiatives – the President’s Executive Actions on Immigration at DHS, improving interoperability of Service Treatment Records between DoD and VA, and securely providing taxpayer information at the IRS.  Brian also helped to grow the organization from 6 to 200 members, define values and operating procedures, and stand up the Defense Digital Service.  Before that, he worked in tech industry on Google Maps, Google Ads, Amazon Web Services, and Amazon Ordering.


Hadley DeBello

Hadley DeBello is a sophomore at Harvard College concentrating in Social Studies. Outside of classes, she is the development chair for The Seneca Inc, a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on women’s issues, a writer for the Harvard Political Review, and a member of the Harvard Polo team.

Alisha Ukani

Alisha Ukani is a junior at Harvard College studying Computer Science. She is a member of the Cambridge Open Data Review Board, and worked as a software engineering intern at Slack this past summer. On campus, she is the Senior Tech Director of the Harvard Political Review. She has previously served as the Director of the 501(c)(3) non-profit HackHarvard, and as Community Director of Harvard's Women in Computer Science organization.


Thank you to everyone who has made this course possible. We'd like to thank: Angel Quicksey, Chante Lantos-Swett, Dana Chisnell, Mary Ann Brody, Ryan Panchadsaram, Kate Krontiris, Ben Getson, Ben Willman, Eric Waldo, Erie Meyer, Marina Martin, Wendy Lin, Brandon Ward, Jess Colarossi, and all of our past students and clients.