Industry Seminar: Christine Keung, City of San Jose


Thursday, February 18, 2021, 1:30pm to 2:30pm





Abstract: Data equity describes the City of San Jose’s commitment to use the City’s data ethically and in ways that drive equitable outcomes for constituents. The City Administration began its explicit focus on advancing racial equity in 2018 and became one of the first cities to establish an Office on Racial Equity. This talk will address how San Jose’s approach to data equity differs from other municipal data equity initiatives that focus on indices - and how a Harvard-developed data equity framework has become a critical tool for driving fairer outcomes. 

Key topic areas: Politics of data, Municipal and State Privacy Policies, Public sector data in the wild, Leading with data 

Christine Keung is the acting Chief Data Officer for the City of San Jose and this year’s Harvard Business School Leadership Fellow. She began her data security and privacy career at Dropbox, where she worked on scaling global trust issues as a security analyst and later, as Legal Chief of Staff. She was Head of Business Operations at Fountain, a growth-stage AI/ML startup, where she led the company through new data regulation changes like the European Union’s GDPR and the U.S. Privacy Shield. Christine is an Assembly Fellow with the Berkman Klein Center, where she is researching the distinction between misinformation and identity-based harassment against minority political candidates. 

A first generation college student, Christine graduated with Honors from Wellesley College and Harvard Business School. She is a U.S. Department of State Fulbright Scholar and Fulbright Alumni Ambassador, and has advocated for international exchange to members of Congress, U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus, and Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou. Her work in Western China has garnered funding and recognition from National Geographic, World Health Organization, and the United Nations. She is the youngest person to win the Rolex Awards for Enterprise and in 2017, was recognized as a Next Generation Leader by TIME Magazine.