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Caitlin Howarth leads Researcher on early warning systems at the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI). Howarth was formerly Reports Manager for the Satellite Sentinel Project at HHI from 2011-2012. She has served as Director of Leadership Development at the Truman National Security Project, Deputy Director of the Telecommunications Equality Project at the Roosevelt Institute, and COO and National Policy Director at the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network. Howarth’s consultant work includes the design of the award-winning MediCapt mobile forensic evidence collection app, created for Physicians for Human Rights. A Washington, DC native, she holds a BA in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia and an MPP in International & Global Affairs from the Harvard Kennedy School.
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