Mutale Nkonde (she/her/hers)

"AI for the People does three things uses cultural organizing to translate academic research on how technology impacts Black people. We work with movement leaders to inspire ordinary people to DEMAND change and use this to show lawmakers they have the mandate to regulate Silicon Valley"

~ Mutale Nkonde

Nkonde is a much-needed trailblazer and truth-teller in tech during a moment that demands more scrutiny over what we see, believe and understand to be real, accessible, and safe. Named a
Global Leader in Digital Human Rights by the Ouano.Foundation, she is one of the leading voices on
artificial intelligence, data, social media and digital spaces.

Mutale is the founder and CEO of an Emmy-winning communications firm AI for the People – an organization that supports and retains more Black people in the tech field and works with journalists,policymakers, media and others to increase public understanding about how AI, web3 and quantum
computing are changing and harming Black lives. Among the few Black women thought-leaders in tech, Mutale’s story is one of overcoming the odds while being underestimated – a journey relatable to many Black women and girls working to prove their worth every day.

Mutale is a leader in a movement to empower and protect Black communities with her ability to translate the technological into the accessible so data and technology work for and not against them.
She believes deeply that Black people must be free from unnecessary and unwarranted surveillance and oppression.

An acclaimed policy analyst and researcher who has come through non-traditional avenues, Mutale got her start as a journalist in New York City. Today, she writes and speaks widely at conferences nationwide and worldwide about racism, culture, racial identity and technology.

Mutale has partnered with Google to improve diversity and inclusion work. She is a member of the TikTok Content Moderation Board, an affiliate of  the Stanford University Digital Civil Society Lab, a former fellow at the Berkman Klein Center of Internet and Society at Harvard University, and an alumni of the Institute of Advanced Study at Notre Dame.

Mutale was a proud part of the team that introduced the Algorithmic Accountability Act into the US House of Representatives in 2019, and  testified to the House Energy and Commerce Committee to support the Act when it was reintroduced in 2022 .

She is a visionary and innovator who dreams of a more just digital and social era that protects civil and human rights for Black women and Black communities.

Mutale was born in Zambia, raised in Britain, and has lived in Russia, the Arab Emirates and Japan. She lives in New York City with her children. She enjoys traveling and is looking forward to being an empty nester.

Follow Mutale @mutalenkonde on Twitter. Follow AI for the People @ai4theppl.