Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)


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  • Marisa Medina MacAskill

    Marisa Medina MacAskill

    Program Manager - Finance & Research Administration | Faculty & Academic Affairs, Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)

    BioMarisa MacAskill joined the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) in January 2020. She currently serves as the Program Manager for Finance & Research Administration and Faculty & Academic Affairs after, most recently, filling the role as the inaugural HAI Education Program Manager. Marisa started her career at Stanford in 2017 as the Fellowships and Student Programs Manager for the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) where she delivered academic programming, managed admissions, and supported research and learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. Prior to Stanford, Marisa was the Assistant Director for Administration and Programming at the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs at Occidental College where she worked on strategic initiatives, international programming, and student/faculty grants. Marisa also served as a seasonal reader for Oxy’s Admissions Office and as a strategic planning analyst for the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands.

    Marisa holds an MA in International Relations from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and a BA in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Nestor Maslej

    Nestor Maslej

    Research Manager, Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)

    BioNestor Maslej is a Research Manager at Stanford’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI). In this position, he manages the AI Index and Global AI Vibrancy Tool. Nestor also leads research projects that study AI in the context of technical advancement, ethical concerns and policymaking. In developing tools that track the advancement of AI, Nestor hopes to make the AI space more accessible to policymakers.

    Nestor also speaks frequently about trends in AI. He has delivered presentations about the AI Index to teams at the World Economic Forum, Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation and Global Arena Research Institute. Nestor has also testified to the Canadian Parliament’s House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics on the use and impact of facial recognition technology in Canada.

    Prior to joining HAI, Nestor worked in Toronto as an analyst in several startups. He graduated from the University of Oxford in 2021 with an MPhil in Comparative Government, where he used machine learning methodologies to study the Canadian Indian Residential schooling system and Harvard College in 2017 with an A.B. in Social Studies.

  • Holly Elizabeth McCall

    Holly Elizabeth McCall

    Policy Program Coordinator, Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)

    BioHolly McCall is the Policy Coordinator at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI). She works with policy programs centered around emerging technology, and provides operational support for the policy research manager. The policy team seeks to connect AI technology research and policy communities.

    Holly transferred to HAI, from Stanford School of Engineering, Office of the Dean, and has worked in a variety of settings in the non-profit and philanthropy world. She holds an M.A. in International Relations from Florida State University and a B.A. in Business Administration at Andrews University.

  • Megan J. Palmer

    Megan J. Palmer

    Adjunct Professor, Bioengineering

    BioDr. Megan J. Palmer is the Executive Director of Bio Policy & Leadership Initiatives at Stanford University. In this role, Dr. Palmer leads integrated research, teaching and engagement programs to explore how biological science and engineering is shaping our societies, and to guide innovation to serve public interests. Based in the Department of Bioengineering, where she is also an Adjunct Professor, she works closely both with groups across the university and with stakeholders in academia, government, industry and civil society around the world.

    In addition to fostering broader efforts, Dr. Palmer leads a focus area in biosecurity in partnership with the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford. Projects in this area examine how security is conceived and managed as biotechnology becomes increasingly accessible. Her current projects include assessing strategies for governing dual use research, analyzing the diffusion of safety and security norms and practices, and understanding the security implications of alternative technology design decisions.

    Dr. Palmer has created and led many programs aimed at developing and promoting best practices and policies for the responsible development of bioengineering. She currently co-chairs the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Synthetic Biology and in a member of the Council of the Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC). For the last ten years she has led programs in safety, security and social responsibility for the international Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition, which in 2019 involved over 6000 students in 353 teams from 48 countries. She also founded and serves as Executive Director of the Synthetic Biology Leadership Excellence Accelerator Program (LEAP), an international fellowship program in biotechnology leadership. She advises and works with many other organizations on their strategies for the responsible development of bioengineering, including serving on the board of directors of Revive & Restore, a nonprofit organization advancing biotechnologies for conservation.

    Previously, Megan was a Senior Research Scholar and William J. Perry Fellow in International Security at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), part of FSI, where she is now an affiliated researcher. She also spent five years as Deputy Director of Policy and Practices for the multi-university NSF Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (Synberc). She has previously held positions as a project scientist at the California Center for Quantitative Bioscience at the University of California Berkeley (where she was an affiliate of Lawrence Berkeley National Labs), and a postdoctoral scholar in the Bioengineering Department at Stanford University. Dr. Palmer received her Ph.D. in Biological Engineering from M.I.T. and a B.Sc.E. in Engineering Chemistry from Queen’s University, Canada.

  • Kaci Danae Peel

    Kaci Danae Peel

    Events Planner 1, Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)

    Current Role at StanfordEvent Planner, Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI (HAI)

  • John Robichaux

    John Robichaux

    Director of Education, Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)

    BioJohn Robichaux is the inaugural Director of Education at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI).

    John is an award-winning executive and educator, with 25+ years expertise in advising, building, and growing high-impact organizations within the public, corporate, and philanthropic sectors. Prior to his current role, John served in senior leadership positions at Harvard, Stanford, and Columbia Universities, as well as consultant, advisor, or board member for 200+ organizations worldwide in the areas of strategic and executive leadership, organizational and policy design, change leadership, and social impact. John also founded and co-directed a large international NGO and nonprofit.

    Within higher education leadership, John is widely recognized as the only active administrator to have held leadership positions at three "Ivy Plus" universities in six key areas of university teaching, research, and administration. In 2017, NAASS recognized John's innovation and impact on higher education leadership, describing "The Robichaux Method" as "15 ideas that changed everything" in these fields. John has also successfully led numerous university-wide initiatives and helped launch dozens of degree programs, research centers, and new schools and campuses. He has taught in areas of Leadership, and helped shape related programs at Harvard, Stanford, and Columbia.

    Academically, John is a Harvard-educated, award-winning scholar of human rights, democracy, and critical issues in international relations. He has taught at Harvard and Stanford in the areas of International Relations, Political Science, Religious Studies, Ethics, and Anthropology before making the move to university administration full-time. John's research, teaching, and policy work has touched on some of the most prominent issues facing global leaders: the impacts of emerging technologies, sustainability leadership and resource conflicts, ethics of war and conflict, minority rights, immigration, religion in the post-9/11 era, health care, democracy, and global leadership (as viewed by government, industry, and civil society organizations). He has conducted research or taught in eight countries on four continents.




    Some example partners John has worked with (public list): The United Nations, The White House, US State Department, US Congress, European Parliament, European Commission, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, IBM, Facebook, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, Nike, LinkedIn, Kaiser Permanente, Dignity Health, the NFL, Johnson & Johnson, Salesforce, PBS, NPR, NASA, National Geographic, The Brookings Institution, Hoover Institution, UNICEF, NYPD, the Miami Dolphins, NASCAR, Brooks Brothers, GoPro, United Way, YMCA, Harvard University, Stanford University, Columbia University, M.I.T., UC-Berkeley, Hong Kong University, University College London, Singapore University of Technology & Design, The University of California, California State University, European University Institute, Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs), New York City Public Schools, San Francisco Public Schools, Washington, DC Public Schools, Miami-Dade Public Schools, Office of the State Superintendent of Education (Washington, DC), Boys and Girls Club of America, Harlem Children’s Zone, American Friends Service Committee, US Conference of Bishops, Lutheran Refugee Services, National Conference for Community & Justice, Rotary International, the KIPP Foundation, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and the Malone Foundation, among others.


    John and his family have more than 90 years of combined service to Stanford. A native Louisiana Cajun, today he lives on Stanford's campus in Silicon Valley with his wife and daughter.