Joel Gurin is a leading international expert on open data with a background in government, journalism, nonprofit leadership, and consumer issues. His book Open Data Now(McGraw-Hill), written for a general audience, has helped define this emerging field. Before launching the Center in January 2015 he conceptualized and led the development team for the GovLab’s Open Data 500 project. He previously served as Chair of the White House Task Force on Smart Disclosure, which studied how open government data can improve consumer markets, and as Chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. For more than a decade he was Editorial Director and then Executive Vice President of Consumer Reports, where he directed the launch and development of ConsumerReports.org, the world’s largest paid-subscription information-based website. Joel Gurin has been a featured speaker at open data conferences around the world and blogs at OpenDataNow.com.