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Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy
79 John F. Kennedy St. Brattle Sq 1, HKS 475

Kathy Pham is a product leader, computer scientist, and founder who has held roles in product management, consulting, software engineering, data science, 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 Women in Product Boston, the Cancer Sidekick Foundation, Team Curious, and Unite for Sight Southeast. Kathy currently focuses on ethics, responsibility, and technology. 

At the Kennedy School, Kathy created and teaches Product Management and Society, featuring a few notable guests. She also launched Product and Society during her fellowship with digital HKS. Kathy is a Fellow at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center where she leads the Ethical Tech Group and focuses on ethics in technology, with an emphasis on engineering culture and computer science curricula. She is also a Senior Fellow at digital HKS, faculty affiliate at the Center for Research on Computation and Society (CRCS) at the Harvard, faculty affiliate with Techtopia, and Fellow at Mozilla partnering with Omidyar Network where she co-leads the Responsible Computer Science Challenge. As a member of 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 on the advisory boards of the Anita Borg Institute and the “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck” initiative.  She is actively involved in leadership with ProductTank and Women in Product. She also advises startups, conferences, and non-profits on 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 Wired, Politico, TechCrunch, NPR, VentureBeat, Nguoi Viet, and the Huffington Post.


Office: 79 John F. Kennedy St. Brattle Sq 1, HKS 475


Advocacy & Social Movements
Cities & Communities
Decision Making & Negotiation
Gender, Race & Identity
Human Rights & Justice
Public Leadership & Management
Non-governmental Organizations
Social Innovation & Philanthropy
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Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy St.
Cambridge, MA 02138