Kai Two Feathers Orton, Ph.D.

Kai Two Feathers Orton, Ph.D.

Inaugural Fellow in Residence
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Kai Two Feathers Orton is a First Nations (Innuinait, Cree, Nez Perce, Tlicho) computational scientist, learning technologist, strategic fundraiser, and innovation enthusiast. She is an unyielding advocate for inclusion and equity at the intersections of STEM, social justice, digital societies, and policy. Dr. Two Feathers Orton recently joined AnitaB.org as the Inaugural Fellow in Residence and brings a deep understanding of the complex interface between philanthropy, non-profits, and society- including collaborative partnerships, research development, impact assessment, capacity building, and workforce development. She was previously the Senior Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Dartmouth College. There, her portfolio focused on developing multi-dimensional engagement strategies with foundations and industry enterprises in partnership with faculty across the basic and biomedical sciences, physical sciences, computer science and tech to advance research development and innovation initiatives. Dr. Two Feathers Orton’s research expertise is in Big Data, culturally informed and culturally inclusive learning technologies and in assessments for formal and informal learning environments. Dr. Two Feathers Orton was also a Research Assistant Professor at Northwestern University in the School of Education and Social Policy and Faculty Liaison for the Office of STEM Education Partnerships. Her research interests are in AI, Machine Learning, Data Sovereignty, Digital Inclusion, CS Education and Broadening Participation in Computing. She founded the Computational Thinking for Girls Clubs (CT4G) to empower girls of color through experiences in computing, technology, and STEM. In addition to her research, Dr. Two Feathers Orton is a Google Next-Gen Tech Policy Fellow and an active professional member of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). She currently serves on numerous research, professional, and non-profit advisory boards including the Women of Color in Computing Collaborative-Expanding CS for Native Girls for AISES and the Indigenous Cultural Heritage-Advancing Pathways for Long-Term Collaboration for the Dartmouth College Hood Museum and Library. She holds a doctorate in Computational Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Cellular Biology from Northwestern University.

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