Our Team


Chris Kuang

Co-Founder & Board Member

Chris is a sophomore at Harvard College studying Applied Math and Economics with a minor in Sociology. He works closely with federal agencies, students, and other partners in spearheading the Civic Digital Fellowship. Chris also holds leadership roles at the Harvard Institute of Politics and Harvard Yearbook Publications. 

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Athena Kan

Co-Founder & Board Member

Athena is a junior at Harvard College studying Computer Science. She works on Coding it Forward's growth and expansion strategies. This past summer, Athena worked on autonomous vehicles at Uber.  In her spare time, she invests in student startups with Dorm Room Fund.

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Rachel Dodell

Board Member

Rachel is a senior majoring in Media Arts and Sciences at Wellesley College, and was a 2017 Civic Digital Fellow at the U.S. Census Bureau. As the first addition to the board, Rachel helps oversee the organization's communications and partnerships. When she's not writing words or code, Rachel is likely lost in a museum or listening to a podcast. 

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Mariam Baqai

Director of University Partnerships

Mariam is a junior at Mills College majoring in Business Economics with a minor in Computer Science. As Director of University Partnerships, she works to connect universities with social impact technology opportunities. Mariam was a 2017 Civic Digital Fellow at the U.S. Census Bureau, and currently, she serves on the Associated Students of Mills College (ASMC) Senate. She is passionate about women’s empowerment, economic opportunity, and good brunch. 

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Liam Baughman

Director of Network Engagement

Liam is a junior at Harvard College studying Applied Math and Economics with a minor in Government. He works on developing our community by engaging our network of over 1,000 students. He also holds leadership roles at the Harvard Institute of Politics, tutors students in computer science and life science, and volunteers to help high schoolers develop their writing skills. Liam's interests include law, results-based policymaking, and Long Island accents.

Esmeralda Murray

Social Media Manager

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Advisory Board

Our mentorship team pays it forward by advising us on how to inspire the next generation of socially-minded technology leaders. 

Neel Mehta
Neel is a senior at Harvard College studying Computer Science and is a Co-Founder of Coding it Forward. He formerly served as a 2017 Civic Digital Fellow, and interned as a Program Manager at Microsoft.

Jeff Meisel
Jeff is the Chief Marketing Officer at the United States Census Bureau. Previously, he was a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow. 

Nick Sinai
Nick is a Venture Partner at Insight Venture Partners and adjunct faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School. Previously, he served as the U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer at the White House. 

Seamus Kraft
Seamus is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the OpenGov Foundation, as well as a Shuttleworth Fellow. He formerly served as Digital Director and Press Secretary for the U.S. House Oversight Committee. 

Natalie Moore
Natalie is a Product Manager and User Researcher at the United States Digital Service. She's currently working with the Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure Veterans are getting the benefits they've earned. Previously, she worked at Peace Corps after being a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso.