The xD team represents an array of disciplines and skillsets. We're a remote-first team based in eight states across the country.
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Ally Burleson-Gibson

Emerging Tech Fellowship Manager

Ally Burleson-Gibson (she/her) manages the Emerging Technology Fellowship with xD and builds partnerships to bring highly skilled technologists into government. Just before xD, Ally led a team of project managers on the Operational Readiness and Integration team for the 2020 Census, and before that worked with the public to teach them how to find and use Census Bureau data through a variety of tools on, and then later engaged stakeholders and captured their feedback to help inform the development of Ally also worked in state government and non-profits, typically in community social work settings with newly arrived immigrants and refugees and facilitating their access to services, with emphasis on health care for children with special needs. When not trying to re-imagine the best path to finding amazing candidates to work with us, Ally loves walking her dog and having fun with her two adolescent kids, who are always on the go!

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Anna Vasylytsya

Emerging Technology Fellow - 2023 Cohort

Anna Vasylytsya (she/her) is excited to start as an Emerging Technology Fellow at the Census Bureau. She is excited about data-driven decision-making, being able to combine her passions for technology, policy, and data. Prior to Census, Anna was a senior data scientist at the National Associations of REALTORS (NAR), one of the largest trade associations in the U.S. At NAR, she produced data analyses and delivered insights, built dashboards and worked on improving data quality on a broad range of topics that impact realtors. Anna started her career as a federal contractor at the Department of State and she is excited to return to public service.

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Curtis Mitchell

Emerging Technology Fellow - 2023 Cohort

Curtis Mitchell (he/him) is excited to be an Emerging Technology Fellow on the xD team. His career has gone through several transitions, including being a data analyst at an energy consulting firm before working at several data analysis and machine learning startups as a software engineer, as well as contributing to various privacy-enhancing technology and machine learning open-source projects. Before joining xD, he worked at NASA’s Ames Research Center on a research platform to integrate drones and air taxis into the air traffic control system. When he's not behind a keyboard, Curtis enjoys learning foreign languages, recreating his favorite foods from his upbringing in Texas, and exploring the outdoors of Northern California.

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Diamond Nwankwo

Emerging Technology Fellow - 2023 Cohort

Diamond Nwankwo (she/her) is excited to be an Emerging Technology Fellow. She has a multifaceted data-based track record at the intersection of data engineering, process improvement, and quality assurance/control. Prior to working at xD, she worked as a Senior Data Engineer where she focused on architecting, improving, and maintaining robust data pipelines and systems while ensuring data quality and accuracy in reporting. Before transitioning into data engineering, she worked as a Quality and Process Improvement Engineer in Aerospace Manufacturing. In this role, she spearheaded SMART Manufacturing and Lean Six Sigma initiatives. Additionally, she has successfully led the transition and certification from AS 9100 Rev C to Rev D as a Lead Auditor.

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Ian Munoz

Tech Lead

Ian Munoz (he/him) is excited to be a part of the xD team. He started his career in academic computing supporting research at a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded environmental research center at University of Maryland. Later, he worked in bioinformatics at Oregon State University and then spent time working for fintech startups as a DevOps engineer.

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Kate McCall-Kiley

Managing Director

Kate McCall-Kiley (she/her) co-founded and currently serves as managing director of xD where she's continually motivated by what amazing emerging technology talent can do for public good. Previously, Kate served as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow where she worked on projects including, The Opportunity Project,, and then Vice President Biden's Cancer Moonshot. Her work has been featured in The Economist, TimeFast Company, and Wired. When not at xD, she enjoys teaching at Carnegie Mellon University, coaching toddler soccer, reading philosophy, and tending to houseplants.

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Mike Walton

Emerging Technology Fellow - 2023 Cohort

Mike Walton (he/him) is a researcher, technologist and writer endlessly fascinated by the study of cognition and intelligent systems. His research aims to synthesize ideas from multi-agent reinforcement learning, game theory and participatory design to address socially impactful cooperation and coordination problems. Mike’s research has been supported by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and The Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) In-house Laboratory Independent Research Program.

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Samantha Weinstock

Head of Operations and Partnerships

Samantha Weinstock (she/her) runs operations and manages partnerships for xD and provides research help and project management for xD projects. Sam brings extensive nonprofit and academic experience to the team. Prior to xD, Sam was the Executive Director of a research nonprofit, Center of Complex Interventions, where she set the strategic vision for the organization, ran day-to-day operations, and worked closely with the CCI research team on various research projects. Before CCI, Sam was the Director of Administration at YarnLabs Inc, a fiscal sponsor for non-profits. She also previously managed research at MIT and worked as a researcher at Harvard Law School and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Before entering the academic and non-profit space, Sam worked at Google.

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Tomo Lazovich

Emerging Technology Fellow - 2023 Cohort

Tomo Lazovich (they/them) is a senior research scientist at the Institute for Experiential AI at Northeastern University. Prior to joining the institute in 2023, they were a senior machine learning researcher at Twitter, developing a suite of metrics to measure inequality in outcomes for the Machine Learning Ethics, Transparency, and Accountability (META) team. Tomo has a significant amount of experience as an interdisciplinary researcher and machine learning practitioner, with defined expertise in building technical solutions to complex problems from the ground up.