About Cortico
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OUR MISSION
Bringing underheard voices to the center of a stronger public dialogue

We believe civic life can be revitalized when we hold space for conversation, recognizing that traditionally underheard voices and marginal experiences can yield improved understanding and communication across boundaries. Our fragmented society demands civic spaces where input shared by community members about their identity and experiences sparks more informed and transparent decisions from our leaders.

OUR MISSION
Bringing underheard voices to the center of a stronger public dialogue
OUR CORE VALUES
What we value
Authentic voices
Diverse perspectives
Community-first approach
Transparent process
Measurable impact
Our Staff
Alex Kelly Berman
Alex builds tools and processes to support Cortico’s strategy, inviting partners to be our collaborators. She has worked across non-profit sectors on projects that support participation through storytelling, dialogue, and making. She believes in handing over a microphone to amplify the public’s voice.
Senior Director of Partnerships
Tevin Brown
Tevin builds and maintains the Leaven website for Cortico. He has spent the last few years working in frontend web development, and prioritizes building accessible websites with intuitive user experiences. On weekends, you will likely find him canoeing through the swamps or lounging in the waterfalls of the North Carolina wilderness.
Software Engineer
Vy Dao
Vy supports community partners by helping them find homegrown insights that emerge from local conversations. Her time as a sociologist makes her appreciate the dynamic relationship between social forces and personal experiences. She enjoys her family, carbs, and coffee and loves the suspense of a good story told by anyone.
Conversation Analyst
Tatiana Ivancevich
Tatiana oversees the day-to-day operations at Cortico. She pulls from her background in museum retail operations and talent development to build our internal systems and structures. She believes in harnessing the power of conversations to help create stronger and more engaged communities.
Director of Operations & Administration
Josiah Oberholtzer
Josiah works on Cortico’s backend, tightening nuts and bolts. Before Cortico, he cut his teeth on a wide variety of projects, from boutique live performance software, to open frameworks for music composition and digital musicology, to large-scale distributed financial systems. When not chasing his German shepherd around, you can find him producing tracks in his home studio.
Software Engineer
Kelly Paola
Kelly designs and manages support infrastructure at Cortico, bridging the knowledge gap between partner and product. She comes from a background in ESL education, international nonprofit programming, and hospitality management. Beyond work, you can find her teaching yoga or camping in a forest.
Partner Support Lead
Deb Roy
Acting CEO
Taylor Sheneman
Taylor builds tools to make sense of the hundreds of hours of conversation data flowing through LVN. He is focused on thoughtful technology designed in collaboration with the people it’s meant to serve, with the goal of building a stronger, more cooperative society that uplifts all of its members.

Taylor Sheneman

Software Engineer
Dan Toyama
Dan sets the agenda for our technology development. In the past, he has worked mostly with small startups helping entrepreneurs understand their communities and their needs. He’s excited to bring his experience to the nonprofit sector and serve the public interest.
Dan Toyama
Product Manager
Jenine Turner-Trauring
Jenny works on Cortico’s backend infrastructure. Her goal in writing software is to build tools for projects that have a positive impact. She is also passionate about bike and pedestrian safety.
Software Engineer
David van Dokkum
David is responsible for leading the operations and product development strategy of Cortico. His background is in building data products for media organizations and nonprofits. He believes in the primacy of sound and listening.
Senior Advisor
Board of Directors and Officers
Deb Roy
Chair & Cofounder
Director & Cofounder
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Director
Treasurer & Cofounder
Advisors
Supporters
Aphorism Foundation
Craig Newmark Philanthropies
Deb Roy
Chair & Cofounder
Director & Cofounder
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Cortico & CCC
Bringing people & technology together

Cortico collaborates closely with MIT Center for Constructive Communication (CCC). Based at the MIT Media Lab, CCC brings together researchers in AI, computational social science, digital interactive design, and learning technologies with software engineers, journalists, political scientists, designers, and community organizers to explore and address the effects of deepening social fragmentation. Cortico maintains a unique cooperation agreement with MIT that enables collaboration on IP, prototyping, and field pilots.

Cortico & CCC
Bringing people & technology together
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