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Board of Directors

AIandYou is grateful to have a visionary Board of Directors. Each member's singular perspective provides us with invaluable insight into how we can make the world a better place through AI.

A. Shuanise Washington

A. Shuanise Washington

A. Shuanise Washington is the President and CEO of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC). Prior to her current position, Washington was the President and CEO of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF). She was also the Founder and Principal of Washington Solutions, LLC, which provided strategic counsel to businesses, governments, and nonprofit organizations. In addition to her professional experience, Washington holds leadership positions in a number of national and local community organizations. She has received numerous awards and has been featured in national and local publications.
Nicole de Leon

Nicole DeLeon

Nicole is an attorney in Seattle specializing in real estate development. Nicole provides insight and guidance regarding how to interpret local regulations and State statutes. Nicole also puts her legal skills to work in her community and provides pro bono legal services through the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project where she works with asylum seekers throughout the asylum process. A graduate of UC Berkeley (with honors) and Seattle University of Law School (with honors).
Alicia Aguirre

Alicia Aguirre

Alicia C. Aguirre is an elected member of the City Council in the City of Redwood City where she has served as both Vice Mayor and Mayor. She is the first Latina Mayor in the history of Redwood City. She also served as a Trustee and the President of the Redwood City Elementary School Board prior to joining the City Council. Alicia is a professor at Cañada College, STEM leader and Coordinator of the ESL Dept. She holds an M.A. from Eastern Michigan University. She was a Fulbright Exchange Professor in Argentina.
Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria is an award-winning actor, producer, director, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and “Desperate Housewives” alumna. She founded the Eva Longoria Foundation in 2012 to help Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship.


Susan Gonzalez, CEO and Founder

Susan Gonzales, CEO of AIandYou

Susan Gonzales, CEO, brings over 20 years of experience in technology, community outreach, and policy to AIandYou. She currently serves as a member of the Global Futures Council for the World Economic Forum serving as a leader for equity and inclusion in artificial intelligence.

Susan spent most of her career in policy, communications, and community engagement roles for Fortune 500 companies. Most recently, Susan created and led community engagement for Meta (formerly Facebook), where she managed a strategic network of global diverse advocacy organizations and educated influencers about tech policy. Susan created AIandYou to reach communities and educate them about artificial intelligence, crypto and NFTs.

Susan has spent most of her career focused on engaging communities around policy issues. She brings a unique perspective from Washington, D.C. policy work and the tech sector in Silicon Valley.


AIandYou is proud to be supported by a wide and impressive range of advisors, each serving in individual capacities. Leaders in their fields, our advisors are a consummate group of experts dedicated to improving the world through AI.

brandeis marshall

Dr. Brandeis Marshall

Brandeis Marshall, PhD, is a computer science scholar and educator who contributes to the data engineering, data science, and data/computer science education fields. Her interests intersect the racial, gendered and socioeconomic impact of data in technology. She is currently Professor of Computer Science at Spelman College and faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. She is also the founder of DataedX, an edtech company focused on enhancing the workforce’s data competencies and supporting career development.
Joaquin Quinonero Candela

Joaquin Quiñonero Candela

Joaquin is a Director of Engineering in AI at Facebook. He built the AML (Applied Machine Learning) team, driving product impact at scale through applied research in machine learning, language understanding, computer vision, computational photography, augmented reality, and other AI disciplines. AML also built the unified AI platform that powers all production applications of AI across the family of Facebook products. Joaquin is now focused on new AI challenges, including the ethics of AI.
Hal Daumé III

Hal Daumé III

Hal is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maryland. In addition to his academic position, Hal is a Senior Principal Researcher at Microsoft, and served as Program Co-Chair at the International Conference in Machine Learning (ICML) in 2020.
Katherine Heller (updated)

Katherine Heller

Katherine is a Research Scientist at Google and an Assistant Professor of Statistical Science at Duke University. She also serves as Diversity Co-Chair at NeurlPS and as a Senior Advisory Board Member for Women in Machine Learning (WiML).

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