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I am an AI Ethicist with a passion for social justice and technology.

Over the last 20 years, my corporate work required me to lead global projects in Diversity, Ethics, HR Strategy & Technology spanning more than 20 countries.

I am the founder of Lighthouse Career Consulting and www.AIethicist.org, and have over fifteen years of senior level HR & Sales experience in Fortune 100 companies (Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Marriott Corporation).

As an independent consultant, lecturer and speaker on AI ethics and bias and its implications on individual & society, I aim to create awareness, build capacity, advocate for ethical and responsible AI. I collaborates with several national and international organizations building governance methods;

  • founding editorial board member of Springer Nature AI & Ethics journal,

  • contributor to different IEEE work-groups establishing AI governance standards,

  • technical expert in AI Policy Exchange,

  • AI Ethics instructor at RMDS,

  • ForHumanity Fellow working on independent audit of AI systems

In addition to my initiatives, I also work for a Nevada-based social enterprise (High Sierra Industries) focused on learning systems for individuals with intellectual disabilities. I am in charge of HIPAA Privacy & Security, as well as the overall information security for the organization and multi-discipline projects.

I am honored to serve on the board of directors for Northern Nevada International Center (University of Nevada-Reno), and management committee for Sierra Club Toiyabe Chapter.

​​TALKS / WORKSHOPS / CONSULTING at international and local conferences and on-demand organizational events include below. If interested, please contact me.

  • AI & Ethics
  • AI Bias & Social Justice
  • AI Governance
  • AI & Human Resources
  • Future of Work
  • AI in Government
  • Public Disinformation

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