Cori Zarek is a lawyer and public-interest technologist. She is currently the Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University, where she leads fellows, students, and staff who direct action-oriented research projects to use data, design, and technology for more equitable societal outcomes. Prior to joining Georgetown University, Cori served as Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States. In this capacity, Cori led work to build a more digital, open, and collaborative government, including helping to stand up and support the U.S. Digital Service, 18F, and the Presidential Innovation Fellows. She was a Mozilla Foundation fellow in technology policy, and earlier in her career practiced First Amendment law. In 2020, Cori co-founded U.S. Digital Response, which matches pro-bono technologists to work with government and organizations responding to crisis. She currently leads that organization’s Advisory Council. In 2021, Cori co-founded Technologists for the Public Good, the first professional association for public-interest technologists. At Georgetown, Cori teaches a course called Data for Social Impact and serves on the university’s Tech & Society steering committee.
Congress should create a Judicial Innovation Fellowship that brings experienced technologists into courts to improve access to justice.