Research Fellows

The Data Foundation’s network of thought leaders, policy experts, and researchers involves a rotating cohort of research fellows. The fellows include individuals from universities with extensive academic training and research credentials, who support the Data Foundation’s overall research capacity. Individuals with notable policy careers and experience in government also support the policy-relevance of research from the Data Foundation. Collectively research fellows support specific projects and strengthen the Data Foundation’s capabilities to produce valid, reliable, and credible research products and educational opportunities that are useful for policymakers and the data community.

Research Fellow positions are currently available by invitation only.

Kira Fatherree is an Advisor in the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania government’s Department of Health and Human Services. She previously worked as senior policy analyst for the Bipartisan Policy Center Evidence Project and a policy analyst at the White House Office of Management and Budget. She has a masters degree in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelors degree from Occidental College.


Youngmin Kim is the Manager of Cultural Open Data at South Korea’s Broadcasting Technology Department. He developed the open-data API for and designed the Open Data archiving system for the South Korean Ministry of Culture , Sports, and Tourism (similar to With more than a decade of experience in the South Korean government, he developed expertise in data structures and applying ontologies in real-world settings. He attended Jeju National University and completed a doctoral certificate in information engineering, a masters degree, and a bachelors degree. Kim is a recipient of the highly competitive “Korean Government Long-Term Fellowship for Oversees Training.”