John Crowley, MPA, MA, MusB

  • Fellow, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

John Crowley is a research fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and information sharing analyst at the National Defense University's Center for Technology and National Security Policy. He works as a synergist, connecting the formal humanitarian systems of the UN and US Government with informal community and grassroots efforts around participatory mapping and crowdsourcing. He was the lead author of Disaster Relief 2.0, a report that defined the UN's approach to crowdsourcing for humanitarian emergencies. In a partnership with the Naval Postgraduate School and National Defense University, he runs the RELIEF "Camp Roberts" Experiments, one of the only ongoing experimentation projects around humanitarian technology. Through his field experimentation, he advances the state of interoperability and convenes technologists and lawyers around the primary block to deploying new and emerging technologies like unmanned aerial vehicles: policies, procedures, and politics. John serves on the board of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team and will be a Public Policy Scholar at the Wilson Center for International Scholars in summer 2012. John is a mid-career MPA alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he was the Robert C. Seamans, Jr. Fellow in Science, Technology, and Public Policy. He holds an MA in History of Ideas from the University Professors at Boston University, and an MusB in Cello Performance and Music History and Literature summa cum laude with distinction from the Boston University School of Music.