Data Foundation and Data Coalition Announce New Leadership

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Data Foundation and Data Coalition Boards of Directors announce Nick Hart, Ph.D., as the organizations’ new Interim President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), respectively. He will take up his posts effective immediately.

Hart comes to the organizations with 10 years of experience working with and in the federal government. As Interim President of the Data Foundation, Hart will direct thought leadership, programming, and hands-on education that illuminate the long-term value of open data for government and society. As CEO, he will drive the Data Coalition’s policy agenda and build on previous policy achievements, including the DATA Act of 2014, the OPEN Government Data Act, and the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018.

“Nick combines extensive federal government and private sector experience having worked on a wide range of bipartisan policies related to data, privacy, and program evaluation,” said John Runyan, Founding Board Member of the Data Foundation and Coalition and Co-Chair of the Coalition’s Search Committee. “His expertise and leadership, from the Office of Management and Budget to the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Evidence-Based Policymaking Initiative, make him an ideal candidate to lead the Data Foundation and Data Coalition.”

“I am excited about the opportunity to lead both the Data Foundation and Data Coalition, to advance issues that are important to the success of our government,” said Hart. “Through the combined efforts of our staff, supporters, members, and Boards of Directors, we will continue defining an open future for our data to make government more transparent, effective, and efficient.”

Prior to joining the Data Foundation and Data Coalition, Hart was Director of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Evidence Project, where he remains as a Fellow. In that capacity, he championed implementation of the bipartisan recommendations issued by the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. Hart previously served as the policy and research director for the commission, leading the development of the commission’s final report, The Promise of Evidence-Based Policymaking, for Congress and the President in 2017. Read Hart’s full bio here.

About The Data Foundation:

The Data Foundation is the nation’s first industry-focused open data research organization. Through research, education, and programming, the Data Foundation supports the publication of government information as standardized, open data.

About The Data Coalition:

The Data Coalition is the world’s first, and only, open data trade association. We advocate on behalf of the private sector and the public interest for the publication of government information as standardized, open data. Open data enhances accountability, improves government management, reduces compliance costs, and stimulates innovation. Our members represent a cross-section of the technology industry and implementers. For more information, visit