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Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy

Kathy Pham is a product leader, computer scientist, and founder who has held roles in product management, software engineering, data science, consulting, and leadership in the private, non-profit, and public sector. Her work has spanned Google, IBM, Harris Healthcare, and the federal government at the United States Digital Service at the White House, where she was a founding product and engineering member. She has founded the Ethical Tech Collective, Product and Society, Women in Product Boston, the Cancer Sidekick Foundation, Team Curious, and Unite for Sight Southeast. Kathy focuses on product, ethics, responsibility, and technology. 

At the Kennedy School, Kathy created and teaches Product Management and Society, and launched Product and Society. Kathy is an Affiliate at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center where she leads the Ethical Tech working group, and focuses on ethics in technology, with an emphasis on engineering culture and computer science curricula. She is also a Fellow at the Shorenstein Center, former Fellow at the Belfer Center, faculty affiliate at the Center for Research on Computation and Society (CRCS) at the Harvard, faculty affiliate with Assembly:Disinformation, and Fellow at Mozilla partnering with Omidyar Network where she co-leads the Responsible Computer Science Challenge. As a 2018 fellow of the MIT Media Lab and Harvard Assembly, Kathy co-founded ai-in-the-loop focused on community inclusion in the development of Artificial Intelligence. 

Kathy serves and has served on the advisory boards of large technology companies, the Anita Borg Institute, World Econonmic Fourm's Tech Ethics working group, and the “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck” initiative. She is actively involved in leadership with ProductTank and Women in Product. She advises large tech companies, startups, conferences, and non-profits on product, social responsibility, hiring, building teams, and community inclusion.

Kathy has been recognized as First Lady Michelle Obama’s Guest to the State of the Union Address, a finalist in the StarCraft II After Hours Gaming League, an inductee of the Georgia Tech Greek Hall of Fame, and worldwide champion at the Imagine Cup Technology Competition. Kathy holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia) and Supelec in (Metz, France). Her work has been featured in Fast Company, Wired, Politico, TechCrunch, NPR, VentureBeat, Nguoi Viet, the Huffington Post, and more.

When not on campus, Kathy can be found checking surf reports along the New England coast. 



Advocacy & Social Movements
Cities & Communities
Decision Making & Negotiation
Gender, Race & Identity
Human Rights
Public Leadership & Management
Non-governmental Organizations
Social Innovation & Philanthropy
Science, Technology & Data

Mailing Address

Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy St.
Cambridge, MA 02138