Fellows and Project Teams

Ali Benson

Data Labs Program Lead

Ali Benson (she/her) is the Data Labs Program Lead at the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University. Ali oversees the design and delivery of Data Labs, a training and technical assistance program that helps states launch data projects that improve service delivery. 

Ali brings eight years of cross-sector experience in instructional design, capacity building, and program management. She has designed, implemented, and evaluated programs for various audiences, including civic leaders, Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs), grantmakers, and nonprofits. Ali also works with CodeforPDX, a local Code for America Brigade, where she partners with city officials to improve open data in the City of Portland.

Ali is passionate about empowering emerging leaders and strengthening our communities by leveraging design, data, and technology as tools for equitable change.

Ali has a Bachelor’s in the History of Art & Architecture from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is based in Portland, Oregon.