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
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.
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
Yong li (Emily) Dich
Co-Founder at Higher Ground Labs
CEO at CityBright
Board Secretary & Data Science Fellow
at US Census Bureau
President at Liberty Square Group
Head of Business Development at The Juggernaut
Senior Communication Director at Courier Newsroom
Partner at Moksha Data
Senior Advisor at IREX
Consultant at FTI
Research Data Scientist at the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability
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
Lizza Harrison | Founder at Rafa & Associates LLC
Joe Garvey | President at Peace Street Strategies
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