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Atlas of Care connects personal and professional scientific inquiry with community-based development theories and practices. We design experiences and practical tools that help people see, connect, and collectively inquire about their care (giving and receiving) activities in everyday life. Though care is central to our ability to thrive in our lives, it is often not seen or recognized. By learning how to see the invisible — visualizing care ecosystems and other aspects of living — people can be more intentional about how to build, strengthen, and expand the capacity of the various lived communities.

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Leadership Team

Rajiv Mehta
CEO, Founder

For the past 15 years, Rajiv’s work has focused on helping people care for themselves and their families. Rajiv designed and conducted the Atlas of Caregiving Pilot Study, serving as its Principal Investigator, which led to the founding of Atlas of Caregiving. He has developed award-winning personal-health products, and lectured and consulted widely on consumer health. Previously, Rajiv led innovation and new business development at technology companies including Apple and Adobe, building upon his work as a research scientist with NASA. He studied business at Columbia (MBA), and aerospace engineering at Stanford (MS) and Princeton (BSE). He sits on the board of Family Caregiver Alliance, and is an advisor to Quantified Self. He was recognized as a 2018 Influencer on Aging by PBS affiliate NextAvenue, and is a Salzburg Fellow.

Susan E. Williams
Director of Communications and Partnerships

Susan is an anthropologist who has worked in healthcare, design and technology for the last 10 years. Grounded in multi-method research, she has helped people and teams to more fully articulate what and why they are building and to strategically connect dots across different pathways forward. Trained in design thinking at IDEO, she has led diverse teams through ethnographic research, agile strategy building, and creative communications and partnerships development. Susan is an active member of the Quantified Self community and convenes an inter-professional network of health and technology thought leaders in Los Angeles. Susan received her BA in Socio-cultural Anthropology from Columbia University and her MA in East Asian Cultural Studies from New York University.

Board Members

Michael Bellissimo
Technology & Healthcare Management Executive

Mike has held senior leadership positions focused on sales, marketing, service and operations at such diverse technology companies as Apple, Sun Microsystems, Yahoo!, and Microsoft, as well as at healthcare companies including Humana and The Cleveland Clinic. In addition, Mike serves his community on the Dukes County (MA) Health Council. Mike has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from Northeastern University and is pursuing a PhD in healthcare sustainability at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University where he is a Fowler Center Research Fellow. 

Sandy Bennet
Silicon Valley Technical Manager

Sandy is an experienced executive in Silicon Valley. He has held general management and technical management roles at a variety of technology firms including GO, Apple, Tut Systems, Palm and VeriFone where he led companies and product teams in developing game-changing products. He has a great interest in caregiving as he has experienced the role first hand.

Kathy Kelly
Executive Director, Family Caregiver Alliance

Kathy Kelly has led FCA from a grassroots program to a national organization providing leadership on supporting family caregivers with best practice interventions, public policy, state system development, and leading edge research. She oversees programs including the Bay Area Caregiver Resource Center, National Center on Caregiving, and the recently launched CareJourney, an online caregiver portal for healthcare and social service systems. She was recognized as a 2016 Influencer on Aging by PBS affiliate NextAvenue.

Bill Portelli
Partner and Managing Director, CEO Quest

Bill holds CEO Advisory and Board positions for companies in enterprise application and infrastructure markets, assisting in the creation of breakout products, business strategies, and high impact teams. He has cofounded and led startups including CollabNet and CCT, and held executive roles at Cadence, responsible for driving rapid revenue growth. Rewarded for his leadership in internet and open source, Bill was awarded the Davos Technology Pioneer Award by the World Economic Forum.

Advisory Board

Gabriel Acosta

Gabriel is an organizational development specialist who has worked with organizations to create engaging and fulfilling work environments in which people naturally bring their best and generate amazing results. His experience is grounded in over 25 years of working with people as an employee, a manager, an executive and a consultant. He spent his first 14 years at Apple, Inc and Palm, Inc, during which he directed engineering, services and partnership organizations. In 2002 he launched Aculasek Consulting, which has been providing services worldwide in professional and organizational development for the U.S. Government, Fortune 100 companies and tech start-ups. He has also collaborated extensively with Matriztica a Chilean research center co-founded by Dr. Humberto Maturana and Ximena Dávila, which seeks to broaden the understanding of our nature as living and human beings.

Anjali Mehta

Anjali has worked at Accenture for over 4 years. As manager in digital analytics practice, she is focused on customer journeys and analytics; strategizing and creating new ways to quantify and capture customer experiences and engagement. Anjali is an intrepid traveler, rock climber, and can navigate any city but is always lost between reading multiple books simultaneously. She has been peripherally involved with Atlas since before its conception, starting with in-person interviews with dozens of family caregivers. She captured their stories in drawings that later turned into what is now the Atlas CareMap. Anjali has an MS Urban Informatics (big data science in the urban and social environment.)

Richard Adler
Distinguished Fellow, Institute for the Future

Richard Adler is a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for the Future (IFTF) in Palo Alto and principal of People & Technology, a research and consulting firm in Cupertino, CA.  He has been particularly interested in the intersection of healthcare, aging and technology.  At IFTF, Richard co-led a project on the future of caregiving sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (www.iftf.org/caregiving2031). He is also the co-author, with Rajiv Mehta, of Catalyzing Technology to Support Family Caregiving (NAC, 2015).  Richard holds a BA from Harvard, an MA from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA from the McLaren School of Business at the University of San Francisco.

Dr. Michael Birt
Senior Advisor, Academy for Healthy Longevity at HIMSS

Dr. Michael Birt designs programs and partnerships that promote healthy longevity for people around the world. Based in Seattle, Dr. Birt travels extensively in support of the health and life sciences fields in Asia, Europe as well as the United States. Amongst other roles, Dr. Birt is Senior Advisor to the Academy for Healthy Longevity with the HIMSS/Personal Connected Health Alliance. Prior to that, he served in academic roles that included founding Director of the Biodesign Center for Sustainable Health at Arizona State University. He was also founding Executive Director of the Pacific Health Summit and launched the Center for Health and Aging at the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), while serving as an Affiliate Investigator at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Jon Cousins
Self-Tracking Product Expert

Following a successful London advertising career, Jon Cousins is now a leading mood-tracking expert.After inventing a self-monitoring tool he called Moodscope, he successfully managed and minimized his own depression with it, then offered it to the UK public. 35,000 people depend on Moodscope, many crediting it aslife-changing. Moodscope has been recognized by the UK National Health Service, and it topped a public poll run by theBritish Department of Health. In 2013, Jon moved on from Moodscope to live in California, where he has written a book, “Nudge Your Way toHappiness,” and is now developing a new digital emotional health tool.

Susannah Fox
Former CTO of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Susannah Fox recently served as the Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where she created opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation across the Department’s 27 divisions and 80,000+ employees. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Susannah served as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and advised organizations like the Collaborative Chronic Care Network as they work to improve care delivery by including people living with IBD, diabetes, and cystic fibrosis on their innovation teams. From 2000-14, Susannah was an Associate Director of the Internet Project at the Pew Research Center where she helped quantify and explain the social impact of the internet. In the 1990s, when dinosaurs roamed the internet, Susannah was the editor of USNews.com and part of the startup phase of RealNetworks. She has a B.A. in Anthropology from Wesleyan University.

Carol Levine
Director, United Hospital Fund’s Families and Health Care Project

Carol Levine directs the United Hospital Fund’s Families and Health Care Project, which focuses on developing partnerships between health care professionals and family caregivers, especially during transitions in health care settings (www.nextstepincare.org). Before joining the Fund in 1996, she directed the Citizens Commission on AIDS in New York City from 1987 to 1991, and The Orphan Project, which she founded, from1991 to 1996.  Ms. Levine is a prolific writer and editor and her work includes Always on Call: When Illness Turns Families into Caregivers. In 1993, Ms. Levine was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for her work in AIDS policy and ethics.  She was named a WebMD Health Hero in 2007. In 2016, Ms. Levine was named one of the Top 50 “2016 Influencers in Aging” by Next Avenue, a digital publication dedicated to covering issues for people 50 and older.

Dawn Nafus
Senior Research Scientist, Intel Corporation

Dawn Nafus is a Senior Research Scientist at Intel Corporation, where she conducts anthropological research for new product innovation. Her ethnographic research has been primarily on experiences of time, data literacy, self-tracking and wearables. Most recently, she has been working on instrumentation and data interpretation for community-based environmental health projects. Her work takes place in the US and Europe. She is the editor of Quantified: Biosensing Technologies in Everyday Life and co-author of Self-Tracking. She holds a PhD from University of Cambridge.

Doug Solomon
Senior Fellow, Institute for the Future

Doug Solomon is an active innovation, technology and strategy consultant. With more than 30 years of leadership experience at the intersection of technology, business and people, Doug has a particular interest in collaborative approaches that enable people to innovate in ways they never before thought possible.  He currently focuses his time on the domains of strategy, health and wellness, consumer products and services, technology, and innovation.  Doug’s client companies range from leaders in consumer products, healthcare and technology, to small startups and non-profits. For nearly ten years, Doug was Chief Technology Officer at IDEO and later an IDEO Fellow.Prior to joining IDEO, he was vice president of investments at Omidyar Network doing socially impactful investing. He was also senior vice president of corporate development and chief strategy officer at both Apple and Palm. He earned a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Hawaii and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Gary Wolf
Co-founder of Quantified Self, Journalist

Gary Wolf is a co-founder the Quantified Self, a global collaboration among users and makers of self-tracking tools exploring self-knowledge through numbers, and director of an associated nonprofit called Article 27, which focuses on creating and using open tools to help everybody make meaningful discoveries with their own personal data. The subject of news coverage in The New York Times, The Economist, Forbes, and many other media outlets, Quantified Self is a touchstone for new ideas in health, sensing, and wearable and ubiquitous computing. Gary has been a Contributing Editor at Wired for 25 years, and is a widely published journalist. His work has appeared in The Best American Science Writing and The Best American Science and Nature Writing. He has been a Knight Fellow at Stanford University, and in 2010 he was awarded the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism prize. He is the author of two books, Dumb Money: Adventures of a Day Trader (with Joey Anuff) and Wired: A Romance.

Roni Zeiger MD
Head of Health Strategy, Facebook

Roni Zeiger focuses on improving health support groups and the quality of health information across Facebook. Previously Roni was co-founder of Smart Patients, a social media startup that connected patients with similar disease states to share developments related to the condition, identify potential clinical trials and offer peer support to others. Prior to that, he served as Google’s Chief Health Strategist leading efforts to improve the company’s health related search results and helping to build web services like Google Flu Trends. Roni earned his M.D. at Stanford University and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of California, San Francisco. He has served as a clinical instructor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and received a master’s degree in biomedical informatics from Stanford.

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