Jonathan Dolan guides the research agenda of Future State and works with a consortium of partners to better understand how we can collectively support the learning needs of policy makers whose values are aligned with the principles of participation, agency, choice, and trust in the digital world. Jonathan has been a long-time leader in digital development, most recently in designing and leading USAID's Digital Inclusion practice. It was in that role that Jonathan identified the need to ensure democratic values guide digital policymaking. Jonathan is a Cybersecurity Fellow with New America and former board member of the Alliance for Affordable Internet.
Co-founder Kay McGowan brings deep understanding of the policy-making process, both within and between governments and through multilateral structures, to the team. After more than a decade as a political officer in the U.S. diplomatic corps, Kay helped conceptualize and implement USAID’s shift to building financial services markets through technology-enabled systems, support to business model innovation, and the reform of regulatory and policy frameworks. A recognized thought leader in digital financial inclusion and policy reform, Kay designs interdisciplinary courses on the role technology and policy innovation for inclusive economic development and improved governance for Georgetown University and speaks frequently at fora related to inclusive FinTech.
Co-founder and chief executive officer Priya Vora joined the team from USAID where she built the Agency’s practice in digital technology and data management. She oversaw a multi-disciplinary team charged with developing new strategies and alliances to support the availability and adoption of internet, digital financial services, open source data platforms and analytics capabilities.Prior to USAID, Priya launched the Financial Services for the Poor program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from where she developed new programs that advanced digital finance including the start of the World Bank’s dedicated team on the topic.