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127: Clean Data: Creating Transparent and Ethical Data Initiatives with Meena Das

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“Data has a lot of power, and equity seems to be like a broad word that we feel like, oh, I don’t have a relationship with that word, but we really do.”

– Meena Das
Episode #127

Overview

In this episode of What the Fundraising Podcast…

Through her own experiences of feeling powerless and vulnerable when in the data of powerful organizations, Meena Das found an unexpected passion for exploring the importance of data transparency and ethics. Fueled by her commitment to data equity, Meena has dedicated much of her career to helping others understand the need for more human approaches to data. 

Meena is a data consultant and workshop facilitator specializing in ethical data practices. Meena’s experience as a first-generation immigrant from India has informed her passion for promoting transparency and ethics in data-driven initiatives within the nonprofit sector. With over 15 years of experience in technology and nonprofit industries, Meena has developed a unique approach that encourages organizations to be more intentional, purpose-driven, and conscious in their use of data science and AI. Her workshops cover a range of topics, including data equity and centering humans in algorithms.

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Meena Das (she/her/hers) is the founder, consultant, and facilitator at her practices NamasteData and Data Is For Everyone. NamasteData is focused on advancing data equity for nonprofits and social impact agencies. Meena specializes in designing and teaching equitable research tools and analyzing engagement. She leads her work with love for the community, respect for her lived experiences and knowledge from decade plus experience of working with data. She supports nonprofits in 3 core areas: data collection assessments, community surveys, and, staff workshops on improving data equity (through data collection, visualization, human-centric algorithms etc.)

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