NetHope CEO will address UMSI grads April 28

The 2017 Graduate Recognition Ceremony of the University of Michigan School of Information will take place on Friday, April 28 at 3 p.m. in the Power Center, 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor.

The commencement speaker will be Lauren Woodman, chief executive officer of NetHope, a consortium of more than 50 global nonprofits that works with technology companies to improve humanitarian aid in developing countries and areas affected by disaster. The consortium and its tech and funding partners design, fund, and adapt technology-based solutions to resolve some of the world’s most intractable problems in development, humanitarian response and conservation. In essence, NetHope harnesses technology to transform how nonprofit organizations operate and deliver aid to advance their missions.

Lauren Woodman’s career has been defined by the intersection of technology, development and policy. Before becoming CEO at NetHope in 2014, Woodman held a variety of high-level positions, including: managing Microsoft Corporation’s global education and government programs; executive at the Software and Information Industry Association; and shaping policy at the United Nations. Woodman has a master’s degree in American Foreign Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a bachelor’s degree from Smith College.

Posted March 23, 2017