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Announcing the Third Policy Hackers Cohort

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Announcing the Third Policy Hackers Cohort

September 30, 2022

We’re excited to announce Lincoln Network’s third cohort of Policy Hackers: ten tech professionals from around the country who are passionate about bridging the gap between innovators and policymakers.

Fellows will remain in their current roles while engaging with policy experts, lobbyists, academics, and government officials throughout the year-long program. The programming is aimed at helping fellows build the skills to navigate and engage effectively in the policy arena, and developing a principled framework for thinking about the regulation of emerging technologies.

The program will kick off with a summit in Miami, FL from October 11 to October 14. Learn more about the program at

Meaghan Bowman
Meaghan is a Digital Research Manager at Echelon Insights, where she uses social listening techniques to report to clients as well as helps with focus groups and surveys. Prior to Echelon, Meaghan worked as a Survey Statistician at the US Census Bureau and as a research fellow at the Army Research Laboratory. While at ARL, Meaghan published two papers and spoke at the International Conference on Sociolinguistics and Language Sciences, where her presentation won the Best Presentation Award. Meaghan studied Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles and graduated in 2019.

Andrew Freund
Andrew is the founder and CEO of Kraken Compliance. Kraken Compliance automates government IT compliance and audits for government, contractors, and MSPs. Prior to creating Kraken Compliance, Andrew served as the head of KPMG’s Federal IT Compliance Program. His prior work includes working at MIT Lincoln Labs, Accenture, Laika, and Romney for President. He currently lives in Boston and is in the process of moving to Austin.

Kai Golden
Kai is the co-founder and CEO of Belay. Belay is a safety net that replaces gig workers' incomes in case of catastrophic injury or accident. Previously, Kai was the first and only undergraduate research fellow at USC Gould School of Law. He lives in Santa Cruz, CA.

Elizabeth Knopf
Elizabeth is a tech entrepreneur and co-founder of ClaroSHIELD, a bioprotection company that uses green nanotechnology to create healthier and safer environments. Prior to ClaroSHIELD, she was a leader at Axon, the largest public safety tech company and spent the last 15 years bringing new tech to traditional markets. She’s both invested in and scaled startups from Silicon Valley to Latin America across ecommerce, fintech, and public safety. She earned an AB in Economics from Harvard.

George Lee
George is the founder and CEO of, a highly differentiated Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) software company focused on helping corporations and asset managers properly collect, report, and analyze critical yet divisive sustainability data. Previously, George worked as a consultant at Accenture, and has experience in data engineering, software development, and sustainability. He is interested in creating sensible policy around ESG with a free-market lens that holds companies accountable for truthful and accurate disclosure to reduce greenwashing and virtue signaling.

John McCambridge
John is a global data science ambassador with Dataiku, where he works at the intersection of technology and business. He earned an M.Phil. from University of Cambridge and a B.A. from Trinity College, Dublin.

Seth Newkirk
Seth is a Senior Program Associate with Halo Privacy. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a Bachelor's in Peace, War, and Defense.

Travis Scholten
Travis works as an Applications Architect at IBM Quantum, helping internal and external clients learn and understand how quantum computing integrates into their workflows. Previously, Travis worked as an Applications Researcher at IBM Quantum, collaborating with startups and enterprise organizations. Before joining IBM Quantum, Travis received a B.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from Caltech and the University of New Mexico, respectively. Travis sits on the board of directors of the Unitary Fund, a non-profit helping create a quantum technology ecosystem that benefits the most people.

Jake Severn
Jake is a Product Manager at Custodia Bank. Jake's main interests are in equity crowdfunding, digital assets, and foreign affairs. Outside of those, Jake can be found trying to paint and make music.

Petra Smitkova
Petra is a Data Scientist at DoorDash. Previously, she worked at Square after spending a couple of years in consulting. She lives in San Francisco.

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