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Victoria Vrana

Title Senior Program Officer
Organization Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Victoria Vrana is a Senior Program Officer on the Charitable Sector Support team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.She joined the Gates Foundation in November 2011. Previously, she served as the the vice president, communications and assessment at Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP), responsible for the organization's overall internal and external communications and assessment of VPP and its portfolio's performance. She joined VPP as as the chief knowledge officer in 2003. Since June 1999 she served as the director of interactive media for the Morino Institute. Before joining the institute, she was a senior account executive with Millennium Communications, a communication consulting firm serving nonprofits and foundations. Her interest in development and using communications and technology for social change began at the Network of East-West Women where she directed the first online network linking women in post-Soviet countries. Vrana studied in Germany and Hungary and has a degree in comparative literature from the University of California at Davis.

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What Nonprofits Can Learn from Consumer Reports and the Potato Chip

New data sets are being collected and often opened up to the public every day that have relevance for the work of social good, but the information often exists in silos – there are thousands of “data islands” that aren’t easy to combine or analyze. This challenge of "interoperability" is tough and that’s why we’re looking for creative ideas and approaches through the Grand Challenges Explorations program.

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