Brandie Nonnecke is founding director of the CITRIS Policy Lab, headquartered at UC Berkeley. She is an associate professor of technology policy research at the Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP), where she directs the Tech Policy Initiative, a collaboration between CITRIS and GSPP to strengthen tech policy education, research and impact. Nonnecke is the director of Our Better Web, a program that supports empirical research, policy analysis, training and engagement to address the sharp rise of online harms. She also co-directs the UC Berkeley AI Policy Hub, an interdisciplinary initiative training researchers to develop effective AI governance and policy frameworks.
Nonnecke served as a technology and human rights fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. She also completed fellowships at the Schmidt Futures International Strategy Forum, Aspen Institute’s Tech Policy Hub and the World Economic Forum. She received a Ph.D. in Mass Communications from the Pennsylvania State University in 2013.
Her research has been published in Science, Wired, Telecommunications Policy, and the Journal of Information Technology and Politics, among other outlets. Her work has been cited by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, as well as in the Washington Post, BBC and NPR, among other venues. Nonnecke was named one of the 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics in 2021.