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C*Sci 2023 Plenary: AI for Good

AI has been in the spotlight for much of 2023, but it’s been a part of our daily lives for many years. In this plenary session, we’ll hear about how organizations around the world have leveraged this technology for good, explore what’s new about this particular moment in AI’s development, and hear about how we all can contribute to a technological future that builds equity and shared opportunity.

This event will be streamed for virtual registrants. Register here for the online or in-person event.

Speaker: Nick Cain, Director of Strategic Grants, Patrick J. McGovern Foundation

Nick has 15 years of experience working at the intersection of technology, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector. He currently leads the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation’s strategy team, which works to advance digital, AI-, and data-driven solutions to global challenges through a combination of hypothesis-driven grantmaking, partnerships, and ecosystem engagement.

Before he joined PJMF, Nick was a Principal and Climate Lead at, where he was responsible for a $30M AI- and data-focused climate change portfolio. He also led a global five-person team responsible for Google’s employee volunteering programs and launched the Fellowship, a 6-month pro bono program that places Google engineers in residence with leading nonprofits.Prior to Google, Nick was the first employee at Vittana, a nonprofit that created student loan products for the microfinance sector. Working across 11 countries in Latin America and Africa, Nick scaled Vittana’s loan portfolio from $20,000 to $1.4M.

At home in Portland, Oregon, Nick is a board member at homeless services organization Path Home, and in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nick founded the Portland chapter of Frontline Foods, which raised more than $200K in cash relief for local restaurants. Nick earned a bachelor’s in American Studies from Columbia University and an MBA with honors from the Berkeley-Haas School of Business.

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