David Eaves

Lecturer in Public Policy
Program Manager, Digital HKS
Science, Technology and Public Policy Program,
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Office Address
Brattle - Suite 470-478
Mailing Address
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Mailbox 131
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617-495-9572
Email: David_Eaves@hks.harvard.edu
Stacy Hannell (617-496-1477)
David Eaves


David Eaves is a public policy entrepreneur and expert in information technology and government.

In 2009, as an adviser to the Office of the Mayor of Vancouver, David proposed and helped draft the Open Motion which created one of the first open data portals in Canada and the world. He subsequently advised the Canadian government on its open data strategy where his parliamentary committee testimony laid out the core policy structure that has guided multiple governments approach to the issue. He has gone on to work with numerous local, state, and national governments advising on technology and policy issues, including sitting on Ontario's Open Government Engagement Team in 2014–2015.

In addition to working with government officials, David served as the first Director of Education for Code for America — training each cohort of fellows for their work with cities. David has also worked with 18F and the Presidential Innovation Fellows at the White House providing training and support.

With a background in negotiation, David also advises non-profits and advocacy groups on critical negotiations. He developed and helped implement collaborative strategies for open source communities such as Drupal and Mozilla. He served as a negotiation adviser to a coalition of Canadian environmental government organizations during two years of negotiations with the Forestry Products Association of Canada (FPAC) which helped cement the ground-breaking Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. David subsequently served as a mediator and facilitator on critical implementation committees for the agreement.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davideaves/

Twitter: @daeaves



  • DPI-662 Digital Government: Technology, Policy, and Public Service Innovation

Spring 1

  • DPI-670M Preventing Digital Disaster: Why Digital Implementations So Often Go Badly

Spring 2

  • DPI-671M Disrupting Bureaucracy: Understanding Recent Efforts in Digital Government

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