Laura Manley is the inaugural director of the Technology and Public Purpose Project at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Led by former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, the project aims to steer rapid technology-driven change in directions that serve net, long-term public good. Manley is also a Senior Consultant for the World Bank Group and the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs.
Previously, Manley co-founded the Center for Open Data Enterprise in Washington, DC, which is a nonpartisan research organization that works with governments to leverage data for social and economic good.
Manley is an adjunct professor at the NYU Wagner School of Public Policy where she teaches Data for Social Innovation, an instructor at the Harvard University Extension School, teaching Data-Driven Decision Making for Business Leaders, and an associate lecturer at Columbia University School for Professional Studies where she teaches Open Data in the Applied Analytics Program.