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 leads technology at the UBI Center, and conducts research on UK policy. He's previously worked as a data scientist improving anti-money laundering investigations. Nikhil is currently on leave from the Durham University's Computer Science program.

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Nate Golden

Nate Golden

Research Associate

Nate researches child poverty at the UBI Center, and is also an educator in Baltimore. Nate has a bachelor's degree in Economics from Penn State University.

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Charles Bauman

Charles Bauman

Research Assistant

Charles's research focuses on the history of universal basic income. He is also an analyst in the maritime industry, and previously worked in research at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Charles has a bachelor's degree in History from Northwest Nazarene University, a Master's degree in Medieval History from King's College London, and a master's degree in Theory and History of International Relations from LSE.

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Joshua Miller

Joshua Miller

Research Assistant

Joshua's research focuses on macroeconomic impacts of universal basic income. He also hosts the ThinkCritical Podcast and runs a blog called InTheAggregate. Joshua is a high school senior in New York.

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Katarina van Alebeek

Katarina van Alebeek

Research Assistant

Katarina's research focuses on public opinion around universal basic income. She has previously done research in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on storytelling as a tool for reconciliation and empathy-building. Katarina has bachelor's degrees from Stanford University in Political Science and Philosophy.

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Nicholas Rodelo

Nicholas Rodelo

Research Assistant

Nicholas (Nick) researches US benefit policy, and also works as a data scientist in the logistics sector. Nick has a bachelor's degree in Economics from Boston University.

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Will Fedder

Will Fedder

Research Analyst

Will's research focuses on public opinion around universal basic income. He is also a Baltimore-based data analyst working in the health care sector. Will holds a bachelor's degree in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina.

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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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