Meet Our Team

Martin O’Malley


Senior Fellow and Advisory Council Chair

Martin O’Malley served as the 61st governor of Maryland from 2007 to 2015 and the 47th mayor of the city of Baltimore from 1999 until 2007. His time as governor and mayor was marked by a steadfast commitment to data-driven decision-making. As mayor, he introduced CitiStat, a performance-based management system that produced dramatic improvements in city services and efficiency and led to Baltimore being awarded the Innovations in Government Award from the Kennedy School at Harvard in 2001. CitiStat has served as a model for cities across the world. As governor, he continued to demonstrate results-driven leadership with the introduction of StateStat and BayStat, a system which has since inspired other systems including EPA’s ChesapeakeStat program. In 2009, Governing Magazine named O’Malley Public Official of the Year for his ability to “improve performance by measuring what [states] do and relentlessly monitoring their progress”. Governor O’Malley received his bachelor’s degree from Catholic University and his law degree from the University of Maryland.

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Executive Director

Ben serves as Executive Director of MetroLab Network, having initially served as Interim Director of the organization following its launch. Prior to that role, Ben served as a Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he was responsible for policy development pertaining to state and local government finance, with a particular focus on infrastructure policy. He worked closely with the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy on the organization and launch of MetroLab Network. Prior to his role at Treasury, Ben worked at Morgan Stanley, where he provided investment banking services to state and local government clients. He is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.



Director of Strategy and Operations

Katy is the Director of Strategy and Operations at MetroLab Network. Her work focuses on leading engagement on key initiatives, including the current partnership with the National Science Foundation to design the Civic Innovation Challenge. She manages the organizational spinout to a non-profit organization, including the finances and operations of the organization. Prior to MetroLab, Katy worked with the City of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University on their university research partnership. She holds a M.S. in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University as well as a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh. You can contact Katy at katy (dot) getsie (at) metrolabnetwork (dot) org to discuss programs, new partnerships and initiatives, the Civic Innovation Challenge, or for any finance or operations related questions.



Director of External Programs and Communications

Stefania is the Director of External Programs and Communications at MetroLab Network, focused on deploying programs, creating communications content and implementing MetroLab’s Data Science and Human Services portfolio among other activities. Stefania has spent her career working at the nexus of science, technology and society, forging bridges between technical and nontechnical communities in this space. Prior to MetroLab, she served as a Science & Innovation Officer at the British Consulate-General in San Francisco and as an External Development Manager at CRDF Global in Arlington, VA. She holds a M.A. in Science and Technology Policy from George Washington University and a B.A. in International Studies from American University. Contact Stefania (stefania (dot) nava (at) metrolabnetwork (dot) org ) if you are interested in engaging MetroLab on programs, Network membership, corporate engagement, and communications (including social media, newsletters and website).



Atlas Corps Fellow - Project Coordinator

Duaa is an Atlas Corps Fellow from Sudan, who is serving as a Project Coordinator for MetroLab Network, working with the team to organize and execute the ongoing projects including the Civic Innovation Challenge, the 2019 Annual Summit, and assisting with website development. Duaa is an experienced web designer entrepreneur with four years hands-on experience designing websites and mobile applications. Prior to becoming an Atlas Corps Fellow, Duaa founded her startup Zonilus group for web and digital solutions, she also a co-founder of the “Kush Sudan” initiative, and she founded her own social enterprise “My Academic Platform”; a professional development website providing opportunities for Sudanese young professionals. She holds a Bachelor’s of Computer Science from University of Khartoum.

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