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Elana Berkowitz is a consultant in Washington, D.C. Previously, she served as an Innovation Advisor in the Office of Secretary Clinton at the State Department where she worked on a number of issues at the intersection of technology, development and diplomacy including co-creating "Apps4Africa," a local, East Africa based apps challenge. She also served as the Economic Opportunity Director for the National Broadband Plan at the Federal Communications Commission where she led development of analysis and policy recommendations related to small businesses, entrepreneurship and economic empowerment in low-income communities. Ms. Berkowitz was previously a member of the Technology, Innovation and Government Reform policy group of the Obama-Biden Transition Team and a researcher for Google.org on technologies and apps that facilitate access to information for economic, educational and civic opportunity.
While completing a joint MBA and MPA at Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government, Ms. Berkowitz was president of the Social Enterprise Club and conducted a field study for the White House Office of Social Innovation. Prior to graduate school, she was part of the start-up team that launched Campus Progress, the youth division of Center for American Progress and founding editor of their web magazine. As a freelance journalist on political and cultural topics, her work has appeared in The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, NPR’s All Things Considered, The New York Times, The Nation, Bust, Nylon and Time Out New York among others.