About Us

Upturn is building a world where technology serves the dignity and well-being of all people. We work to ensure that new technology reflects the interests and needs of those at the margins, who are all too often missed when technologies are built, deployed, and governed.

Upturn is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Washington DC working at the intersection of social justice and technology. We produce clear, incisive research and analysis of emerging issues in technology and public policy that guides the public conversation.

We work in areas where technology is shaping social change. Our issues include:


Our Team


Harlan Yu

Harlan Yu

Executive Director

Technologist. Highly excitable, but disturbingly calm under pressure. His default answer is always “yes.”

David Robinson

David Robinson

Managing Director

Finds small words for big ideas. Keeps an unpredictable reading list and a consistent yoga schedule.

Aaron Rieke

Aaron Rieke

Managing Director

Flexible and pragmatic. A diplomatic debater. Great at explaining complex board games.

Miranda Bogen

Miranda Bogen

Policy Analyst

Agile synthesizer. Forward thinker with a global outlook. Can see both the forest and the trees.

Logan Koepke

Logan Koepke

Policy Analyst

An energetic taskmaster who can manage a diverse docket. Curious by default. Lover of coffee and vinyl.


Come work with us!

We're looking for an Operations Associate.




Board of Directors

Upturn is governed by an independent Board of Directors:

Nabiha Syed, Assistant General Counsel, BuzzFeed

Paul Ohm, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Harlan Yu, Executive Director, Upturn


Our Funding

Upturn is generously supported by the Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations.


Upturn received its determination of tax-exempt status in November 2017. We will post our IRS 990s, financial statements and annual reports here as they become available.

If you’re interested in supporting Upturn’s work, please get in touch.