Our team

Max Ghenis

Max Ghenis

Founder and President

Max is the founder and president of the UBI Center. He was previously a data scientist at Google. Max has a master's degree in Data, Economics, and Development Policy from MIT and a bachelor's degree in operations research from UC Berkeley.

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Nikhil Woodruff

Nikhil Woodruff

Tech Lead

Nikhil is a student at the Durham University studying Computer Science, where his interests include data science, simulation and its applications on public policy. He is the author and maintainer of the openfisca-uk microsimulation model of the UK tax and benefit system. Nikhil has previously interned at Caspian, where he worked in improving anti-money laundering investigations.

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Nate Golden

Nate Golden

Research Associate

Nate is a math teacher in DC Public Schools, and formerly worked in the same position in Charlotte Mecklenberg Schools. Additionally, he has worked as a policy advisor for State Representative Leslie Herod of Colorado and a researcher for The Colorado League of Charter Schools through the Urban Leaders Fellowship summer program. Nate has a bachelor's degree in economics from Penn State University. He believes in the importance of policy work to alleviate poverty and inequality.

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Ahmed Ahmed

Ahmed Ahmed

Research Assistant

Ahmed is a rising senior in high school from Clark County, Nevada. He’s currently the opinion editor of the Southwest Shadow, a high school web paper, and Senior Researcher at the Mission for American Resolve, a policy think tank. He’s most interested in how child allowances can promote strong, stable families.

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Charles Bauman

Charles Bauman

Research Assistant

Charles is a recent graduate from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he completed a Master's degree in Theory and History of International Relations. He previously was an intern for the Institute of Economic Affairs in London, where he researched economic and foreign policy. Charles received a Master's degree in Medieval History from King's College London and a Bachelor's degree in History from Northwest Nazarene University.

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Joshua Miller

Joshua Miller

Research Assistant

Joshua Miller is a Junior in High School interested in monetary economics and neoliberalism. He hosts the ThinkCritical Podcast and runs a blog called InTheAggregate.

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Katarina van Alebeek

Katarina van Alebeek

Research Assistant

Katarina graduated from Stanford University in 2019 with studies in Political Science and Philosophy. Her interest lies in the connection of policy and UBI, especially in how governments can implement effective UBI legislation. She has previously done research in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on storytelling as a tool for reconciliation and empathy-building.

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Lucy Williams

Lucy Williams

Research Assistant

Lucy is a second year student at Cass Business School in London where she is studying for a degree in Finance and Risk. She is interested in Macroeconomics and Public Policy. She has previously interned at The House of Commons and for various financial firms and has spent time in Indonesia working as an English language tutor.

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Nicholas Rodelo

Nicholas Rodelo

Research Assistant

Nicholas (Nick) is currently a Senior at Boston University, studying Economics. Nick has previously worked as a research assistant for topics in sociology and economics. He also has experience interning in insurance analytics and finance. Outside of school and work, Nick has previously played guitar/bass in a few bands and is an active record collector.

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Will Fedder

Will Fedder

Research Assistant

Will Fedder is a Baltimore-based data analyst working in the health care sector. He holds his bachelor’s in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina. In addition to ending poverty with UBI, Will is interested in reform of the US healthcare system and the development of transit-friendly cities. He believes that good data visualization can help people realize that these issues are in fact simple and easy to fix.

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Alex Ghenis

Alex Ghenis

Director

Alex is the owner of Accessible Climate Solutions, a consultancy for climate change and disability issues. He previously worked at the World Institute on Disability. Alex holds a bachelor's degree in Geography and a Master's in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Jesse Horwitz

Jesse Horwitz

Director

Jesse is the co-founder of Hubble Contacts. He previously worked as a policy advisor to Andrew Yang's mayoral campaign and as an investment analyst. Jesse holds a J.D. from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in Economics-Mathematics from Columbia University.

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Mindy Greenberg

Mindy Greenberg

Director

Mindy is an accessibility partnerships manager at Google. She is a certified coach and previously worked as a genetic counselor and real estate broker. Mindy holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from UCLA and a master's in genetic counseling from California State University Northridge.

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Ben Ogorek

Ben Ogorek

Advisor

Ben is the chief data scientist at Spencer Health Solutions. He previous worked in data science roles at Nousot, CUNA Mutual Group, Google, and Nationwide. Ben holds a Ph.D. in Statistics from North Carolina State University.

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Jason DeBacker

Jason DeBacker

Advisor

Jason M. DeBacker is an associate professor in the Department of Economics at the Darla Moore School of Business. His research interests lie in the areas of public finance and macroeconomics. He has published papers on these topics in the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Law and Economics, the Journal of Public Economics, the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity and other outlets. From 2009 to 2012, he worked as a financial economist in the Office of Tax Analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Jason holds a bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Advisor

Matt Jensen is the founding director of the Open Source Policy Center at the American Enterprise Institute. He is also a co-founder of the Open Research Group, the Policy Simulation Library, and Compute Tooling. Jensen is a graduate of Pomona College with a degree in math.

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Richard W. Evans

Richard W. Evans

Advisor

Richard is Advisory Board Visiting Fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, Director of the Open Source Economics Laboratory, nonresident fellow at the Tax Policy Center, and President of the Open Research Group. His research focuses on macroeconomics, fiscal policy, and computational modeling. Richard received a B.A. in economics and M.A. in public policy from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Texas at Austin.

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