Mischa Byruck is a social sector expert specializing in organizational growth strategy, business development, and fundraising. He is currently Director of Institutional Partnerships at Code for America, a leader in the Civic Technology and Open Source movements. He was previously Manager of Strategic Partnerships at DataKind, an organization harnessing the power of data science in the service of humanity.
In 2004, Byruck launched 2004ward, a project that registered over 10,000 new voters in seven states. He later worked as an activist and community organizer, helping to prosecute corrupt developers, defend immigrant rights, raise the minimum wage and defeat anti-gay laws. Following Hurricane Katrina he founded Emergency Communities, an innovative $10 million humanitarian relief organization that built a chain of relief camps along the Gulf Coast at which 4,000 volunteers delivered food, clothing and shelter to over 50,000 people.
Byruck has worked on the East and West Coasts, in the Midwest and the Deep South, and in Brazil, Ghana, India and Nepal with organizations including Organic Valley, the Red Cross, IBM, Microsoft, and the Omidyar Network. He has consulted with hundreds of for-profit, nonprofit, and hybrid startups, launching over 50 new businesses and raising millions in investment capital for his clients.
Byruck is a 2013 Coro Leader, a 2012 NYU Reynolds Fellow in Scaling Social Enterprises, a 2009 Wagner Scholar, and a 2007 Nominee for CNN Hero of the Year. He holds a BA from Columbia University and an MPA from NYU.