Yasodara (Yaso) Cordova

Yasodara (Yaso) Cordova

Ford Foundation Mason Fellow, AY 2020-2021
digital HKS AY 2017-2019
Yasodara (Yaso) Cordova

Yasodara Cordova worked at the World Bank's governance sector as a citizen engagement and agile fellow. With a developer background, she assisted middle and low-income countries to integrate technology into their governance infrastructure. Her work ranges from helping governments with participatory budgeting to stemming corruption among civil servants to setting up budget management systems or human resource management tools. She is a former Senior Fellow of the Digital Kennedy School, and a former fellow of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, both at Harvard University. Yaso sits on the Director’s board of the Ciudadania Inteligente and is a former CEO of the “Serenata de Amor Operation”, an anti-corruption A.I. platform that uses machine learning and open data to facilitate social control of the public money spent by the representatives in Brazil. Before being selected as a Fellow of the Berkman Klein Center, in 2016, Yasodara worked as a Web Specialist at the World Wide Web Consortium, as the chair of the Data on the Web Working Group, among other positions.

Earlier, she worked with data visualization and was awarded twice the biggest Brazilian prize in Journalism and Human Rights, the Vladimir Herzog Award. She is one of the first female Hackerspace founders in Brazil and was part of the advisory board of the Open Knowledge Foundation from its outset in Brazil, until 2018.

This information is accurate for the time period that this person is affiliated with the Ash Center.