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
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
Co-Founder at Higher Ground Labs
Managing Director at Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
President at Liberty Square Group
Coordinator at Swing Left Greater Boston
Data Fellow at the US Census Bureau
President at Twenty Kemp Strategies
Founder at Changemaking Movements and former Campaign Manager
Founder at City Year and former Congressional Candidate for MA-04