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Jonathan Levin

Dean of Stanford Graduate School of Business

Jonathan Levin is an applied economist whose research is in the field of industrial organization. He is best known for his work on contracting relationships and on the design of market rules and institutions. In the last few years, he has studied subprime lending, health insurance, the allocation of radio spectrum, and the economics of internet markets. Jonathan Levin is also the Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean of Stanford Graduate School of Business. He was appointed as the 10th dean of the school in September 2016. Dean Levin joined the Stanford faculty as an assistant professor in 2000. He rose through the ranks to become the Holbrook Working Professor of Price Theory in the Department of Economics. He has taught market design, game theory, microeconomics, and industrial organization at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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Margaret Mitchell

Senior Research Scientist at Google

Margaret Mitchell is a Senior Research Scientist in Google’s Research & Machine Intelligence group, working on artificial intelligence. Her research generally involves vision-language and grounded language generation, focusing on how to evolve artificial intelligence towards positive goals. This includes research on helping computers to communicate based on what they can process, as well as projects to create assistive and clinical technology from the state of the art in AI. Her work combines computer vision, natural language processing, social media, many statistical methods, and insights from cognitive science. She continues to balance her time between language generation, applications for clinical domains, and core AI research.

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Carissa Carter

Director of Teaching + Learning at Stanford

Carissa Carter is the Director of Teaching and Learning at the Stanford In this role she guides the development of the’s pedagogy, leads its instructors, and shapes its class offering. She teaches courses on the intersection of data and design, design for climate change, and maps and the visual sorting of information. Carissa was one of the co-leaders of Stanford 2025, a multi-year project that envisioned the future of higher education. Prior to the, Carissa ran her own design practice, Parallel Design Labs, and focused on helping companies of all sizes execute their internal innovation projects and programs. She also spent time living in Hong Kong working for Herman Miller leading their user research efforts for the Asian market.

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DJ Patil

Head of Technology at Devoted Health

DJ Patil is the Head of Technology at Devoted Health and a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Dr. Patil was appointed by President Obama to be the first U.S. Chief Data Scientist where his efforts led to the establishment of nearly 40 Chief Data Officer roles across the Federal government. He also established new health care programs including the Precision Medicine Initiative and the Cancer Moonshot, new criminal justice reforms including the Data-Driven Justice and Police Data Initiatives that cover more than 94 million Americans, as well as leading the national data efforts.

Emily Glassberg Sands


Emily Glassberg Sands is the Senior Director of Data Science and Data Engineering at Coursera, the world’s leading platform for higher education. Her teams lead the measurement, experimentation, and inference that informs Coursera’s product and business strategy; develop the analytical products and direct data access for the company’s university partners and enterprise customers; and build the statistical models and machine learning algorithms that help learners find and succeed in learning programs, including data-powered products featured in TechCrunch, Harvard Business Review, and MIT Technology Review. Emily holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard and a B.A. from Princeton. Her academic research blends experimentation, econometrics, and machine learning to better understand labor markets and consumer decision-making, and has been covered by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio.

Will Marshall

Co-Founder and CEO of Planet

Will Marshall is the Co-Founder and CEO of Planet. He leads the overall company strategy and direction. Prior to Planet, Will was a Scientist at NASA/USRA where he was a systems engineer on lunar orbiter mission “LADEE”, a member of the science team for the lunar impactor mission “LCROSS”, served as Co-Principal Investigator on PhoneSat, and was the technical lead on research projects in space debris remediation. Will received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Oxford and his Masters in Physics with Space Science and Technology from the University of Leicester. Will was a Postdoctoral Fellow at George Washington University and Harvard.