Mutale Nkonde

CEO & Founder

AI for the People (AFP)

Mutale Nkonde is the leader and founder of AI for the People, a communications firm whose mission is to use art and culture to empower general audiences to combat racial bias in technological design.


Prior to starting AI for the People, Nkonde worked in AI Governance. During that time, she was part of the team that introduced the Algorithmic Accountability Act, the DEEP FAKES Accountability Act, and the No Biometric Barriers to Housing Act, (reintroduced in 2021) to the US House of Representatives in 2019.


Nkonde started her career as a news producer at the BBC in London, is a much sought-after commentator on race. In 2019 she published a report on Advancing Racial Literacy in Tech, and her work has been featured in Wired, Washington Post, and New York Times. In 2021 Nkonde was part of a news report, on facial recognition and shareholder activism, that was nominated for a New York News Emmy. 


Nkonde is currently a fellow at Stanford University’s Digital Civil Society Lab, and formerly held fellowships at the Berkman Klein Center of Internet and Society and the Institute of Advanced Study at Notre Dame.

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