Leadership

Danielle Robinson, PhD

Danielle Robinson, PhD

Executive Director & President

Danielle Robinson is a proven community leader and strategic advisor to researchers, librarians, and tech communities innovating in research and open source. In 2016, she completed a PhD in Neuroscience at Oregon Health & Science University, during which time was a NSF Graduate Research Fellow and advocated for policies that supported open access on campus. As a 2016 Mozilla Fellow for Science, she ran open source project management workshops around the world, explored decentralized approaches to data preservation. She now focuses on developing infrastructure to expand and protect open access to knowledge as Co-Executive Director of Code for Science & Society.

Joe Hand

Joe Hand

Director of Operations

Joe Hand is Director of Operations at Code for Science & Society. His career has focused on developing and managing open source software projects and data-focused programs for researchers and community-driven organizations. Previously, Joe managed a global project at the Santa Fe Institute to transform data collection practices of an international NGO, operating in slums across 30 countries in the Global South. Through his experience of managing data-driven projects with a broad spectrum of organizations from Fortune 500 companies to research groups, he has a track record of identifying and improving organizational processes, especially around communication and data. Outside of work with Code for Science & Society, Joe maintains and contributes to large open source software projects, contributes to research of urban development, and is active in local environmental organizations.

Keith Chreston

Keith Chreston

Chief Financial Officer & Secretary/Treasurer

Keith Chreston has extensive experience as a senior financial executive and consultant with businesses and nonprofit organizations. Keith serves as CS&S's Chief Financial Officer and Secretary/Treasurer. Most recently served as the Chief Financial Officer of Community Initiatives, a non-profit fiscal sponsor. Keith's prior nonprofit background includes service as Chief Financial Officer of Dream Corps; Chief Financial Officer of Link Media, Inc.; and Chief Operating Officer of the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy. He also served as interim COO and CFO of the East Bay Community Foundation. Keith was formerly a senior financial executive for several technology businesses, and an auditor with Ernst & Young. He is a CPA (currently inactive in public practice) and holds a MBA from Saint Mary's College in Moraga, CA. An accomplished musician, Keith plays saxophone with several jazz groups whenever time permits.

Staff

Page Metcalf

Page Metcalf

Senior Operations Manager

Page Metcalf is the Senior Operations Manager at CS&S. Page brings over ten years of experience in budget and grant management, data management, and communications and marketing.  Prior to CS&S, Page supported researchers at the University of Wisconsin’s Grainger Institute for Engineering where she was responsible for managing a $1.25M budget, administration of a $400K grantmaking program, and management of a $25M endowment. In her role, she worked to track impact, and assess progress and performance metrics to develop content for reporting and marketing. Page possesses expertise in business management for non-profits and research organizations, and has a track record of leading successful teams to find and implement solutions for business process improvement.

Page is working towards an MBA in Data Analytics and Marketing. Outside of CS&S, Page volunteers in her local arts community.

Jessica Hardwicke

Jessica Hardwicke

Senior Program Manager, Fiscally Sponsored Projects

Jessica is the Program Manager for Fiscally Sponsored Projects at CS&S, providing support and structure to the growth of our fiscally sponsored projects. She brings her background in project management, open source bioinformatics, and community outreach & organization to CS&S’ community of open source public interest technology projects. Her favorite adventure as a researcher was studying hydrothermal vent microbes and (momentarily) piloting the Jason II ROV. She is driven to understand how things work and how they can work better, and has lead on a diverse array of projects & teams ranging from an open-source automated turbidostat to running workshops on composting in her local community.

Moni Awolesi

Moni Awolesi

Program Manager, Fiscally Sponsored Projects

Moni Awolesi is the Fiscally Sponsored Projects Program Manager at CS&S. She brings her experience in administration, event management, and organizational operations to CS&S in service of technology in the public interest. Moni has a degree in Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University, where she also served as the Managing Director of Harvard’s Dorm Crew and after college co-founded the Black Joy Collective, a mutual aid program serving the NYC area. Moni comes from Columbia University, where she was responsible for financial management of the College’s student affairs division. Moni is interested in the role of technology in creating systems and structures that serve the public good and center those most vulnerable to oppression. At CS&S, Moni works with our fiscally sponsored projects by providing administrative support including grant applications, reporting, and compliance, as well as strategic support for projects.

Outside of CS&S, Moni has organized and worked with various mutual aid projects in the NYC area. Moni also enjoys visual arts of all kinds and is an active painter in her spare time.

Rayya El Zein, PhD

Rayya El Zein, PhD

Senior Program Manager, Digital Infrastructure Incubator

Rayya El Zein comes to CS&S after a decade of conducting interdisciplinary ethnographic research among artists and activists in Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestine. Drawing from performance studies, media studies, and engaged anthropology, her research has centered on creative communities undergoing structural change and examines how practitioners imagine, articulate, and enact futures for their work. She is committed to learning how to decolonize her research and practice and to a continual exploration of how to build solidarity.  Rayya is also the Forum Editor at Lateral, the open-access journal of the Cultural Studies Association and tweets from @rayelz.

Angela Okune, PhD

Angela Okune, PhD

Senior Program Manager, Event Fund

Angela Okune brings extensive experience in community engagement in open data and scholarship ecosystems to the Event Fund at CS&S. As a Network Coordinator for the Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network (OCSDNet) (2014 – 2018), she organized and helped support global open science practitioners and scholars who have since gone on to be leaders in their fields.

Having lived and worked for five years in Kenya leading a research and data science team at one of the first tech hubs on the African continent, she comes to the practice of open science concerned with issues of equity and the politics of knowledge. Angela was co-editor for the open-access book Contextualizing Openness: Situating Open Science (University of Ottawa Press) and founded and manages an experimental, open ethnographic data portal called Research Data Share (www.researchdatashare.org). Angela received her PhD in Anthropology from University of California, Irvine in 2020. During her PhD, Angela was the recipient of a 2016 Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation and 2018 UC Berkeley Center for Technology, Society and Policy Fellowship. Explore Angela's dissertation online: Postcolonial Objectivity: Reaching for Decolonial Knowledge Making in Nairobi.

She tweets from @honoluluskye and you can learn more about her work here.

Alexandra Creighton

Alexandra Creighton

Operations Specialist

Alex is the founder and CEO of Sans Souci, where she leads the team that supports CS&S with bookkeeping and adminstrative services.

Seeking a source of flexible work for herself and others, Alex identified a similar need in many early-stage businesses for flexible back office support. This synergy is the origin of Sans Souci, which has provided virtual operational, administrative, and bookkeeping services to small and growing businesses since 2013. Alex is responsible for the strategic direction and financial management of Sans Souci, and she leads a cross-functional team of operations managers and bookkeepers who deliver services to small business clients across a wide-range of industries.

Kris Wade

Kris Wade

Client Operations Manager

Kris helps our whole team stay on track and get things done. She works with CS&S through our partnership with Sans Souci.

Kris has been supporting CS&S daily operations for over three years, assisting in project management, event management, and more. Her background in project management began at Charles Schwab and was fine-tuned at various startups. Kris’s passion is creating something from the ground up, starting with the initial research, sizing and planning, then completion. When Kris isn’t project managing, she can be found at the movies, a yoga class or at home painting

Ana Chairez

Ana Chairez

Bookkeeper

Ana Chairez is an experienced accountant/bookkeeper with over 20 years of accounting and auditing experience. Ana has a master’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree of Science in Analytics and works with CS&S through our partnership with Sans Souci.