Kathy Pham is a computer scientist, product leader, and serial founder with experience across the private and public sectors, and a love for developing products, building and leading teams, data, healthcare, and weaving public service and advocacy into all aspects of life.
Kathy is a fellow at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center, senior fellow and adjunct lecturer on product management at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and fellow at the Mozilla Foundation where she co-leads the Responsible Computer Science Challenge. She is founder and executive director of Product and Society.
Kathy was a founding product and engineering member of the United States Digital Service (USDS), a tech startup in government at the White House, where she led and contributed to initiatives across the Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, and Precision Medicine Initiative, developing ways to bring better care and services to all people. One of the first product managers and engineers of USDS, she helped build the team from 10 to over 200. Prior to USDS, Kathy held software engineer, product management, and data science roles at Google, IBM, and Harris Healthcare.
In the non-work world, Kathy founded Google's First Internal Business Intelligence Summit, founded Atlanta United For Sight, founded the Cancer Sidekick Foundation, placed first at the Imagine Cup competition representing the United States with a Sentiment Analysis engine, spoke at the White House State of STEM 2015, and invited as of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Guest at the 2015 State of the Union address for her work with healthcare, public service, and veterans. She has also been spotted at the gaming finals for the After Hours Gaming League for StarCraft II, speaking at tech conferences, and hosting food themed Formula 1 Racing hangouts.
Kathy holds a Bachelors and Masters of Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia and from Supelec in Metz, France.