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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. 

Beto O'Rourke's First Volunteer Data Team

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. 

Founding Story
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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.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Bluebonnet strives to foster diversity, equity, and inclusivity among employees, fellows, and partners, creating a team environment that prioritizes mutual respect and fair treatment. We expect all community members to make a commitment to inclusivity and in addition to respectful discourse, to treat fellows equally and without regard to gender, race, disability, religion, or other identities. 

Meet The Team

Our full-time team shares a commitment to Bluebonnet's core mission: to mobilize the next generation of data and tech talent to empower progressive campaigns and causes. We value honesty, integrity, communication, and creativity.

Board of Directors


Nathán Goldberg

Board Co-President


Becca Blais

Board Co-President


Yong li (Emily) Dich


Betsy Hoover

Co-Founder at Higher Ground Labs

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Lauren Harper

CEO at CityBright

Board Secretary & Data Science Fellow
at US Census Bureau


Scott Ferson

President at Liberty Square Group

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Kriti Sehgal

Fellow Liaison &
Founding Partner at Jarvis Ventures

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Danielle Strasburger

Senior Associate at New Heights Communications


Ben Herndon-Miller

Partner at Moksha Data


Hamza Salem

Senior Advisor at IREX

Ecosystem Advisors

Santiago Martinez | Partner at Arena

David Slifka | Founder at Bluem Ventures

Kane Miller | Executive Director at DigiDems

Nicco Mele | Managing Director at Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

Sarah Kruger | Chief of Staff at FairVote Minnesota

Mitch Karman | Former VP, Counsel, and U.S. Chief Compliance Officer at John Hancock Financial Services

Sue Zachman | Founding Partner at the Law Offices of Susan J. Zachman

Sri Preston Kulkarni | Chief Strategist at 2 Million Texans

Jeremy Smith | CEO at CiviTech

Max Wood | Founder at Deck

Lizza Harrison | Founder at Rafa & Associates LLC

Joe Garvey | President at Peace Street Strategies

Fellow Advisors

Emily Riederer | Data Engineering, Data Science

Marcelina Przespolewska | Data Science  
Powell Sheagren | Political, Political Data
Roudy Boursiquot | Volunteer Management, Volunteer Recruitment
Isaac Tucker-Rasbury | Data Visualization
Kenny Larson | Political, Digital Organizing

Anirudh Mani | Data Analysis

David White | Volunteer Management, Data Analytics

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