Small core, a great board, lots of partners, and soon, fellowships!

The Team

George Oates

Co-Founder & Executive Director
George is a designer and director who has worked on the web since 1996. She was the first designer at from 2003-2008 and has centered her practice in the cultural heritage sector since then.

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Jessamyn West

Community Manager, Flickr Commons
Jessamyn is a veteran online community manager, library technologist, and creator of excellent documentation.

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Alex Chan

Tech Lead
Alex is a software developer, with a particular interest in digital preservation. When not at a computer, they can often be found with needle in hand or dance shoe on foot.



We are hiring! (Applications have closed. We are reviewing candidates now.)

Program Manager

(Coming soon!)

Ewa Spohn

Project Manager, Data Lifeboat
Ewa is a product manager, business developer, engineer, and problem solver helping explore new terrain in our Data Lifeboat initiative.


Susan Mernit

Development Lead
Susan is into community engagement, open-source, and product innovation.


Research Fellows

Prakash Krishnan

Research Fellow, 2024
Prakash Krishnan (he/him) is an artist-researcher and cultural worker based in Tiohtià:ke (Montréal, Canada) on the stolen lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) Nation.

Meet Prakash

Eryk Salvaggio

Research Fellow, 2024
Eryk Salvaggio is a researcher and new media artist interested in the social and cultural impacts of artificial intelligence.


Jenn Phillips-Bacher

Inaugural Research Fellow, 2023
Jenn is a digital and web all-rounder who’s managed products and projects, conducted user research and UX design, and genuinely enjoys organizing information. She’s been working in cultural heritage and non-profits since the early 2000s.


Our Board of Directors

Ryan Merkley

Board Chair
Ryan is Managing Director at Aspen Digital, and previously served as Chief of Staff at the Wikimedia Foundation, and CEO of Creative Commons before that.


Stephanie McVey

Stephanie is the Chief Financial Officer at SmugMug + Flickr.


Ben MacAskill

Board Observer
Ben is President & COO of SmugMug + Flickr, and Co-Founder of

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Stay tuned!

The Advisory Board

Adam Harvey

Adam Harvey (US/DE) is an artist and applied researcher based in Berlin focused on computer vision, privacy, and surveillance.

Anasuya Sengupta

Poet, author, activist, and a cited expert in representation for marginalized voices on the Internet.

Ben Cerveny

Strategist, designer, and co-founder of Foundation for Public Code.

Clay Shirky

Writer, activist, and educator, Clay is Vice-Provost of AI and Technology at NYU.

Elizabeth Churchill

HCI/CogSci research leader and Director of UX.

Jennie-Rose Halperin

Commons and Libraries specialist and director of Library Futures, a project of The Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy at NYU Law.

John Allspaw

CTO-type. Engineering and Ops veteran. Runs Adaptive Capacity Labs.