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Nicole Bates is the Director of Operations for IDM and has over ten years of experience in program and project management, as well as in the computer security field. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Economy, as well as French, from the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley). Her political economy research focused on technology and its relationship to politics and economics;specifically the evolution of computer security crimes and cybersecurity as it relates to politics. Nicole also did extensive work with the UC Berkeley School of Public Health implementing new data analysis methods now widely used in Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) nutritional studies, as well as the Goldman School of Public Policy, where she coordinated board meetings, did financial campaign planning, and orchestrated a speaker series. Nicole has been an advocate for emerging technologies and their application in the developing world, and has spent the past ten years developing technical solutions designed for the public sector. She has worked in higher education, government, as well as corporate sectors where she focused on security and privacy issues. Additionally, she has drafted and improved security response procedures and established security forums aimed at increasing collaboration and the open discussion of issues. As a member of IDM’s management team, Nicole is focused on setting and planning on-going strategic objectives related to IDM’s mission, managing the program budget, monitoring project progress and planning, coordinating release cycles with IDM’s partners, as well as ensuring that partner feedback is incorporated into IDM’s software development lifecycle, documentation, and website functionality.