Afua Bruce

Director of Engineering, Public Interest Technology

New America

Afua Bruce is the Director of Engineering for New America’s Public Interest Technology program, where she manages a team of technologists working with state and local governments, nonprofits, and universities to develop technology and policy in human-centered ways.

Afua joined New America after spending several years working in the Federal government—at the White House and at the FBI. During the Obama Administration, Afua served as the Executive Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s National Science and Technology Council at the White House. In this role, she oversaw 100 different Federal inter-agency working groups, tackling challenges on the environment, and sustainability, homeland and national security, science, technology, and STEM education. While at the FBI, Afua held a variety of strategy and program management positions. She led work on data challenges, technical project management, process improvement, and strategic change for the Bureau’s engineering, lab, and financial programs.

Prior to joining the Federal government, Afua was a software engineer at IBM. Afua holds a degree in computer engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.


Do good work that lasts

07/11/2019 09.05 - 09.25

KeynoteGreen stageKeynote

Public Interest Technologists want to do good work that lasts. But that’s never easy. Change is constant—from political will, to funding, to emergencies and crises that distract from what’s important. Even when there’s good alignment, bureaucracy and a risk-averse climate make sustainable changer the exception, rather than the rule.

There’s a better way. By approaching...

Managing people through change

07/11/2019 11.50 - 12.30

BeginnerGreen stageBreakout session

When leading public interest technology initiatives, it’s critical to approach change from three distinct perspectives: Technology, people, and process. But making this happen in the real world is hard.

In this workshop, Afua Bruce dives deeper into strategies that can lead people through change. Participants will identify groups of stakeholders in a current project, then draft strategies...