Judges | The Hubway

Meet the Judges

Jascha Franklin-Hodge

Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Chief Information Officer, City of Boston

Appointed by Mayor Walsh in 2014, Jascha Franklin-Hodge leads the City’s efforts to enhance online service delivery, empower City employees with effective digital tools, and improve access to technology & the Internet for all Boston neighborhoods. Prior to his work with the City, Franklin-Hodge co-founded Blue State Digital and oversaw the development & operation of online fundraising tools, email, and CRM platform that powered the digital presence of President Obama’s 2008 & 2012 campaigns. Franklin-Hodge is an advisor to Code for America, a nonprofit which connects technologists with cities to solve civic challenges. Franklin-Hodge studied computer science at MIT, lives in South Boston, and has been a Hubway member since the day the system launched in 2011.
Vivian Baguer Holland

Vivian Baguer Holland, Associate Director of Special Projects, Boch Center, ArtWeek Boston

As the Associate Director of Special Projects at the nonprofit Boch Center, Vivian Baguer Holland works with artists and organizations to produce ArtWeek Boston, a biannual creative festival. With 17 years of management experience in nonprofit arts and health care, she also volunteers as Bridge Repertory Theater Board co-chair, Wendy Taucher Dance Opera Theater advisor, and Wellesley Cultural Council secretary, and is a member of ArtsBoston’s Network for Arts Administrators of Color (NAAC). Vivian earned a BFA with majors in fine arts and art history from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and an M.S. in arts administration from Boston University.

Christopher Knight, Senior Manager, Ballpark Planning & Sustainability, Boston Red Sox

Christopher Knight, a native New Englander and Hubway member, is Senior Manager of Ballpark Planning & Development with the Boston Red Sox. A graduate of Babson College, Knight has been with the Sox since 2010, overseeing the club’s sustainability efforts, including significant investment in energy efficiency measures at Fenway Park, waste reduction efforts (recycling, composting, food donation), and initiatives to encourage fans to use environmentally-friendly modes of transport to the ballpark. In 2015, Knight oversaw the design and construction of Fenway Farms, the largest vegetable and herb garden in Major League Baseball, generating 6,000 lbs. of produce annually to be used at various restaurants and concessions throughout Fenway Park.

Jason Talbot, Co-Founder, Board Member and Special Projects Director, Artists For Humanity

Jason Talbot is a co-founder and alumnus of Artists For Humanity, a South Boston non-profit that combines art & entrepreneurship to address society’s most challenging social, economic and racial issues, by providing under-resourced youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in art & design. Born and raised in Roxbury, Jason is an advocate for inner-city teens, encouraging their self-expression through art to ensure these young people are not ignored. In 2009, Jason participated in the cohort of the prestigious Emerging Leaders Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. In 2012, Jason was chosen as one of Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders, and the following year he received the Mentor of the Year Award from Youth Design. He is also a member of WGBH’s Board of Overseers.

Evimaria Terzi, Associate Professor, Computer Science, Data Management Lab, Boston University

Evimaria Terzi is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at Boston University. Before joining BU in 2009, Evimaria was a research scientist at IBM Almaden Research Center. She received her PhD from University of Helsinki, Finland, and her MSc from Purdue University, and she is a recipient of the Microsoft Faculty Fellowship (2010) and the NSF CAREER award (2013). Her research interests span a wide range of data-mining topics including algorithmic problems arising in recommendation systems and online social networks and social media.

Lisa Williams, Data Visualization speaker, General Assembly, and Chief Instigator, Data for Radicals

Lisa Williams is an MIT Media Lab fellow interested in creating onramps to data visualization for absolute beginners. Her blog Data For Radicals features many step-by-step tutorials. Lisa was on the board of the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition for several years and is passionate about making Boston a better city for cyclists and pedestrians. She can be found on Twitter, where she is @lisawilliams.

Sarah Williams, Director, Civic Data Design Lab, MIT

Sarah Williams is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and the Director of the Civic Data Design Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture and Planning. The Civic Data Design Lab employs data visualization and mapping techniques to expose and communicate urban patterns and policy issues to broader audiences. Before coming to MIT, Williams was Co-Director of the Spatial Information Design Lab at Columbia University. Sarah has won numerous awards, including being named top 25 planners in technology and 2012 Game Changer by Metropolis Magazine. Her work is currently on view in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York.

Cathy Wissink, Director, Technology & Civic Engagement, Microsoft New England

As Director of Technology & Civic Engagement at Microsoft New England, Cathy Wissink partners with civic leaders in greater Boston to use technology to solve large challenges and capitalize on impactful and inclusive opportunities. Cathy works directly with local tech leaders and policy influencers on issues critical to both Microsoft and the tech sector. She represents Microsoft with major tech associations, and develops programs on key tech policy issues. She also helps to oversee the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center - New England. Cathy is a native of Seattle, where she joined Microsoft in 2000 to work on Windows and focus on software globalization and ensuring diverse countries were on the right side of the digital divide. In 2013, Cathy moved to Cambridge, and she enjoys exploring her adopted city.


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