Staff

Nick Hart

Chief Executive Officer

Nick Hart is the Chief Executive Officer of the Data Coalition. He helped to craft the milestone Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act, including the OPEN Government Data Act, and has worked with numerous federal agencies and congressional committees to design effective data, evaluation, and privacy policies over the past decade.

Prior to joining the Data Coalition, Hart was Director of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Evidence Project. In that capacity, he championed a strategy for implementing the bipartisan recommendations issued by the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. Hart previously served as the policy and research director for the commission, overseeing the policy and research team and leading development of the commission’s final report, The Promise of Evidence-Based Policymaking, for Congress and the President in 2017.

With nearly a decade of experience in the federal government, Hart worked on a wide range of issues including social security, disability, anti-poverty, environmental, energy, economic development, and criminal justice policies. He served at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as a senior analyst and special assistant, writing executive branch budget proposals and encouraging increased capacity for evidence-based practices across government. He also served as OMB’s representative on the White House steering committee for President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force.

Hart has spoken widely about the need for government capacity to facilitate using data to inform decision-making inside and outside of government. He is an expert in federal policies related to data, evaluation, statistics, science, and privacy. In 2019, he received the FCW Federal 100 award.

Hart is an adjunct professor of program evaluation at George Washington University. He serves on the boards of the Data Foundation and the Washington Statistical Society. He also chairs the American Evaluation Association’s Evaluation Policy Task Force.

Hart earned a doctorate from George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, specializing in program evaluation. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science and Master of Public Affairs degree from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Truman State University. Nick can be reached at nick.hart@datacoalition.org.

Jessica Yabsley

Senior Director of Communications

Jessica Yabsley is the Senior Director of Communications at the Data Coalition. She focuses on strategic outreach and all internal and external communications at the Coalition. Prior to joining the Coalition, Jessica worked for a boutique federal government affairs firm and completed a legislative fellowship with U.S. Congressional Office. Before relocating to the U.S. from Australia Jessica worked for a number of federal and state Parliamentarians, most notably Australia’s Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey. Jessica is a graduate of the University of Sydney with a Bachelors in Political Economy and has a Masters in Public Policy from the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Jessica Yabsley can be reached at jessica.yabsley@datacoalition.org

Christian Hoehner

Senior Director of Policy

As Senior Director of Policy, Christian Hoehner leads the Coalition’s legislative and executive branch advocacy efforts. Prior to the Data Coalition, Christian spent five years with the independent government affairs firm Van Scoyoc Associates where he worked with the firm’s university, research and development, and technology contractor client base. He conducted legislative policy research, tracked the budget process, identified federal programmatic funding opportunities, and developed relations with Congressional staff and industry leaders on behalf of the firm. Christian is a two time graduate of the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in both U.S. Government and Sociology and a Masters of Science in the Management of Information Technology (MS-MIT) from the McIntire School of Commerce. Christian can be reached at Christian.Hoehner@datacoalition.org

Sarah Kerner

Development Director

Sarah Kerner joined the Data Coalition in 2017 as Director of Development. In her role, she works directly with the Coailtion’s leadership and Board to expand the organization in a way that meets their goals and vision. From working with several non-profits in the Washington, DC area, Sarah brings with her experience in foundation and corporate relations, as well as individual fundraising. She is originally from Rochester, NY and graduated with degrees in Psychology and Political Science from Wheaton College (IL). Sarah is the main point of contact for prospective members and can be reached at sarah.kerner@datacoalition.org.

Ashley Nelle-Davis

Member Services and Operations Manager

Ashley serves as Member Services and Operations Manager. In this role, Ashley manages a range of logistical, financial, and relational matters. Prior to joining the Coalition, Ashley focused on U.S. defense policy, international security, and regional analysis at DC-based think tanks, including the American Action Forum, the Atlantic Council, and the Center for European Policy Analysis. Ashley earned her Master’s degree in Global Policy Studies from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where she specialized in European and post-Soviet security and regional studies. During her studies, she worked at the Clements Center for National Security, served as the President of the Alexander Hamilton Society, on the editorial boards of the Baines Report and LBJ Journal, and as a student representative on Outreach and Engagement Boards for the LBJ School’s “50 for 50” Summit, marking the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Originally from Arkansas, Ashley taught high school social studies in Little Rock for five years before deciding to shift to a career in policy and public service. Ashley can be reached at ashley.nelle-davis@datacoalition.org.

Andrew Luckett

Communications Associate

Andrew Luckett joined the Data Coalition in June 2018 as a Communications Associate. Andrew helps manage the Coalition’s strategic outreach, media relations, social media channels, as well as internal and external communications. He brings with him over three years of non-profit and trade association experience specializing in communications and government affairs. Andrew earned his Bachelor of Arts in Government and Law at Lafayette College. Andrew can be reached at Andrew.luckett@datacoalition.org.