Bluebonnet Data is a people-powered nonprofit with a mission to democratize data. We recruit, train, and organize people with skills in coding and data science to volunteer on data analyst teams for progressive campaigns and causes. 

 
Founded in March 2018

Our Founding 

Bluebonnet began with a cold LinkedIn message to Beto O’Rourke at the beginning of his 2018 Senate run. Nathán offered to volunteer and contribute his skills in data analysis to the campaign, and he was soon joined by a small team of fellow students at Harvard and MIT, all with strong technical backgrounds.

While working on the Senate campaign, our team saw a need for young technical talent on campaigns that stretched throughout Texas and beyond. We began volunteering for other campaigns, from County Council to Congress, in Texas and around the country.

As the demand for volunteer data teams grew, so did our network of Bluebonnet Fellows. We recruited primarily from universities, making the case for technical students with an interest in politics to put their skills to use in the campaign field.

Today, in addition to our five founding members, we have an active group of more than 500 fellows working on campaigns for school board, state legislature, Congress, as well as nonprofits and legislative causes nationwide. 

The Story Behind the Name

Bluebonnets are the state flower of Texas. Each spring, when the bluebonnets bloom, they bloom with such vibrance and intensity such that they will turn entire fields blue. In homage to our Texas roots and the power of technologists coming together around a common cause, we named our nonprofit Bluebonnet Data.

 

Meet The Team

 

Becca Blais

Co-Founder & Executive Director

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Danielle Strasburger

Co-Founder

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Betsy Hoover

Advisor

Co-Founder at Higher Ground Labs

Nicco Mele

Advisor

Managing Director at Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

Paul Dingus

Co-Founder & Technical Director

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Ben Herndon-Miller

Co-Founder 

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Scott Ferson

Advisor

President at Liberty Square Group

Susan Labandibar

Advisor

Coordinator at Swing Left Greater Boston 

Nathán Goldberg

Co-Founder

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Emily Dich

Advisor

Data Fellow at the US Census Bureau

Gayraud Townsend

Advisor

President at Twenty Kemp Strategies

Joe Garvey

Advisor

Founder at Changemaking Movements and former Campaign Manager

Alan Khazei

Advisor

Founder at City Year and former Congressional Candidate for MA-04

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