Press Room

The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to advancing artificial intelligence and data science solutions to create a thriving, equitable, and sustainable future for all.

Media contact

If you have a press inquiry, please email us at and include your name, press affiliation, cell phone and deadline. If it is time sensitive, please reach out to Communications Director Deborah O’Neil at (617) 775-1675 or Communications Manager George Mastoras at (914) 489-5282. 

Our experts

If you are interested in an interview for a story, the foundation’s president and vice president of Data and Society are available for comment in areas of their expertise.

President Vilas Dhar
As a technologist, lawyer and human rights advocate, Vilas Dhar’s career has been dedicated to advancing the intersection of technology and social impact. He believes data and AI can be used for social good and that those affected by technology should be included in its design and application. He can offer expertise and insight on several timely topics such as the urgency of developing ethical AI, the role of philanthropy in the development of tech to benefit humanity, the disparate effects of technology on vulnerable communities, and building a more diverse, equitable and inclusive tech workforce.

Vice President Claudia Juech
Claudia is a forward-looking strategist, pragmatic optimist, and a builder of programs and organizations. She leads the Foundation’s Data and Society team, which works with nonprofits to build data maturity and capacity. Her career has focused on using data for decision making – first in the financial sector in Germany and at the Rockefeller Foundation. She can offer expertise and insight on the timely topic of empowering nonprofits to use data science and technologies effectively and responsibly to make progress on social and environmental challenges.

Press Releases and Announcements

March 30, 2021: Patrick J. McGovern Foundation and Cloudera Foundation Announce Historic Merger

Feb. 18, 2021: Patrick J. McGovern Foundation awards $4.1 million to expand tech education and build an inclusive tech workforce 

Jan. 28, 2021: Patrick J. McGovern Foundation commits $40M to advancing AI and data for good

Jan. 21, 2021: New grants from Patrick J. McGovern Foundation target climate action and digital health

Dec. 17, 2020: Patrick J. McGovern Foundation awards $5.7 million to support vulnerable communities as pandemic surges

Sept. 19, 2020: The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation Appoints President Vilas S. Dhar to Lead New Vision of AI and Data for Good