The GovLab Welcomes a New Director of Communications

Innovative Action-Research Center Expands Communications Team to Amplify Its Work in Open Data and Open Governance

The GTimi Lewis Photoovernance Lab is pleased to announce that Timi Lewis has joined as Director of Communications. Timi will lead public relations, social media, digital media, and external engagement for the action-research center based at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Thanks to a programmatic grant from Omidyar Network her work will also help showcase innovative projects on the potential of data to improve people’s lives.

Previously, Timi was Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Housing Partnership Network, an affordable housing collaborative. She also worked as an Associate with Brunswick Group, a global strategic communications firm, and served as Director of Corporate Affairs and Strategic Planning for NYC Media, the official television, radio and digital network of the City of New York.

Additionally, Timi was a Project Manager for corporate social responsibility at Ernst & Young, and an international trade Consultant for Ernst & Young, Arthur Andersen, and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. She also worked as a Communications Consultant, and is a current member and former board member of New York Women in Communications. Timi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in public policy from Duke University, and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

“The GovLab is about developing and applying evidence of how to unlock data and people’s expertise in the pursuit of solving public problems more effectively and legitimately. Sharing the insights we’ve gained empowers others to use technology to positively impact people’s lives,” said Stefaan Verhulst, Co-Founder and Chief Research and Development Officer at The GovLab. “Timi is a wonderful addition to the team and will be an important point of connection to our stakeholders — from project partners and companies, to governments, academics and media.”

“We’re very excited to welcome Timi to The GovLab family and look forward to collaborating with her to share what we are learning and doing with public partners to re-imagine governing and democracy in the 21st century,” said Beth Simone Noveck, Co-Founder and Director of The GovLab. “Having Timi on board will help us innovate in how we communicate, harnessing the power of people and data to accelerate how we learn and to amplify and accelerate how we spread those learnings.”

The GovLab launched in 2013 with the goal to strengthen the ability of institutions (including but not limited to governments) and people to work more openly, collaboratively, effectively, and legitimately to make better decisions and solve public problems. The center innovated several processes and methodologies that focus on improving people and institutions under the rubric of smarter governance through data, collective intelligence, and design thinking.

Interdisciplinary by nature, The GovLab’s many projects reach across sectors, geographies, and levels of government. Examples of current GovLab projects include Open Data in Developing Economies, a year-long research collaboration that produced a ground-breaking report and interactive Periodic Table of Open Data based on insights learned from 12 in-depth case studies. The GovLab has also pioneered Smarter Crowdsourcing, a technique that combines elements of crowdsourcing with the power of curation to identify formal and informal experts and bring them together in a way that produces impactful and implementable outcomes. Finally, The GovLab Academy provides learning experiences, mentoring and support to empower civic and policy entrepreneurs to develop impactful real-word projects.

Across its project areas and research, The GovLab seeks to transform governance through increased availability and use of data, and by incorporating technology and the intelligence, expertise and capacity of people into the problem-solving process.

“I’m constantly amazed by the innovation and entrepreneurship at The GovLab,” said Timi Lewis, new Director of Communications at The GovLab. “Every day we’re moving from theory to ideas, and ideas to actionable plans that help people around the globe solve big problems, real-time, in real ways. It’s an honor to join the team and do my part to advance our work.”

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