Claudia Juech

Former Vice President of Data and Society

Patrick J. McGovern Foundation

Claudia Juech is formerly the Vice President of Data and Society at the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation

Claudia is a forward-looking strategist, pragmatic optimist, and a builder of programs and organizations. Her career has been all about using data for decision making – first in the financial sector in Germany and more recently at the Rockefeller Foundation, where she and her team used foresight approaches and innovation methodologies to identify the most promising ideas that could be shaped into the next $100M initiative. 

Before she joined PJMF, Claudia established and led the Cloudera Foundation in Silicon Valley as its founding CEO. Based on conversations with 300 nonprofit organizations, she pioneered a foundation model designed to deliver the key elements nonprofits need to use data effectively: appropriate funding in combination with direct access to technology, data expertise, and long-term technical support.  Her work is guided by a clear focus on data-use cases where the resulting insights will advance action and lead to progress on societal challenges – from gender violence to child mortality. She believes that for civil society and nonprofit organizations to be successful they can’t pass on the opportunities new data tools have to offer. And to realize that potential, nonprofits need to move toward treating the use of data as an organizational competency. 

Claudia advises organizations and consortiums worldwide. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Trustworthy Data Initiative, GovLab’s Global Advisory Group, Radiant Earth Foundation’s Board of Directors, and 100Kin10’s Strategic Advisory Committee. She brings a global perspective, always mindful of how the use of data and AI will affect vulnerable and marginalized populations and how their voices and rights need to be reflected in the design and decision-making processes to harness the positive potential of those approaches.

She has a degree in information science from Cologne University of Applied Sciences and an International MBA from the University of Cologne.