Andrew Gruen is a researcher, consultant, reporter, sociologist, and software executive. Currently a Manager of Strategic Initiatives for Facebook's Election Research Commission project and an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, he is working on how to make private data availible for public benefit. As a part of the Election Research Commission team at Facebook, Andrew focuses on providing data to independent academic researchers to study the impact of social media on democracy and elections in a way that preserves the privacy of individual users.
Previously, Andrew was a visiting research fellow at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard Kennedy School. He also served as Chief Communications Officer for Seven Bridges, a firm that develops tools to analyze genomic sequencing data at population scale. He led the company’s participation in the White House’s Cancer Moonshot program, with a particular focus on more creating more accurate, less invasive, genomics-based cancer diagnostics. As a Luce Scholar, Andrew worked in South Korea for the world’s largest citizen journalism organization, OhmyNews.
Andrew has also worked for and with many research universities and media companies, including the Northwestern University Media Management Center, the University of Southern California Norman Lear Center, the BBC, Hearst Television, CNET, and The Texas Tribune.
Andrew is a senior advisor to Digitalis Commons and an active alumnus of the Gates Cambridge and Henry Luce Foundation fellowships.