Board of Directors

Nancy Lublin, CEO,

Nancy is the CEO of, the organization that helps young people take action on causes they care about. She (and other staff) came up with the idea for Crisis Text Line after receiving many shocking texts for help from members. Nancy worked on Crisis Text Line at night, on weekends, and during 30% of her work day for two years…and is really thrilled to have handed it off to a full-time staff. Prior to, Nancy founded Dress for Success and grew it to more than 70 cities in four countries. (Apparently, Nancy  is addicted to starting good stuff.)

danah boyd, Ph.D., Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research

danah boyd is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, a Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, and a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. She is also the founder and president of a new think/do tank called the Data & Society Research Institute. Her research examines the intersection of technology and society. Currently, she’s focused on research questions related to “big data”, privacy and publicity, and teen culture. Her 2014 book “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens” has received widespread praise from scholars, parents, and journalists.

Steve Buffone, Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Steven is a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He also serves on’s Board of Directors. He is a corporate transactional lawyer who has represented clients in a wide variety of industries in mergers and acquisitions, public and private issuances of debt and equity securities, venture capital financings, corporate restructurings and bankruptcies and general corporate counseling.

John J. DeGioia, Ph.D., President, Georgetown University

John is the President of Georgetown University. Prior to his appointment as president, Dr. DeGioia held a variety of senior administrative positions at Georgetown, including Senior Vice President, responsible for university-wide operations, and Dean of Student Affairs. As Dean of Student Affairs, John oversaw the University’s Crisis Prevention and Student Health initiatives.

DJ Patil, Ph.D., VP of Product at RelateIQ

Known for co-coining the term Data Scientist, DJ has been named by Forbes as one of the top data scientists on the planet. DJ has held a variety of roles in Academia, Industry, and Government, including: Data Science in Residence at Greylock Partners; Chief Scientist, Chief Security Officer and Head of Analytics and Data Product Teams at LinkedIn; and a number of roles at Skype, PayPal, and eBay. DJ is currently VP of Product at RelateIQ, which focuses on helping making better decisions through relationships.