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Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy

Nick Sinai is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at HKS and a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center's Technology and Public Purpose Project (TAPP).  Nick teaches Policy Design and Delivery II; prior, for five years, he taught the field course Tech and Innovation in Government. Nick joined HKS in 2014 as an inaugural recipient of the Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellowship.  Nick is an advisor to the Harvard Open Data Project, Harvard Computer Society's Tech For Social Good, and Upsolve.  He serves on the board of the non-profit Coding It Forward.   

Nick is the co-author of Hack Your Bureaucracy: Get Things Done No Matter What Your Role On Any Team, published in 2022.    

Nick co-founded the U.S. Digital Corps, a new two-year federal fellowship for early-career technologists, launched in the summer of 2021.

Nick is a Senior Advisor at Insight Partners and serves on the boards of Rebellion Defense, HawkEye360, Shift5, and LeoLabs. He also serves on the Atlantic Council Commission on Defense Innovation Adoption.

Nick joined Harvard in 2014 from the White House, where he was U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer. Nick led President Obama’s Open Data Initiatives, co-led the Open Government Initiative, and helped start the Presidential Innovation Fellow program. Prior, Nick played a key role in crafting the National Broadband Plan at the FCC. 

Nick earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University. 


Business & Regulation
Democracy & Governance
Science, Technology & Data
Public Leadership & Management
Social Innovation & Philanthropy

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