Kelly Born is the Director of the Cyber Initiative at the Hewlett Foundation, a ten-year, $130 million grant-making effort that aims to build a more robust cybersecurity field and improve policy-making.
Prior to directing Hewlett’s Cyber Initiative, Born served as the founding director of Stanford’s Cyber Policy Center, a leading academic center focused on improving the governance of digital technologies and their impact on security, geopolitics and democracy. Before joining Stanford, Born helped to launch and lead the Democracy Program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, one of the largest philanthropic undertakings in America working to improve U.S. democracy. There, Born designed and implemented strategies focused on money in politics, electoral reform, civic engagement and digital disinformation. In this latter capacity, Born worked with academics, government leaders, social media companies, foundations, and nonprofits around the world to help improve online information ecosystems.
Earlier in her career, Born worked as a strategy consultant with the Monitor Group, supporting strategic planning efforts at Fortune 100 companies, governments, and nonprofits in the U.S., Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. She holds a master’s degree in international policy from Stanford University.