Dr. Dan Hammer [CV] is a Managing Partner at Ode, a tech and design agency for the environment. He is the winner of the inaugural Pritzker Environmental Genius Award; a member of the Brain Trust at XPRIZE; and a Senior Technical Advisor at Earth Alliance. Dan earned his PhD in environmental economics from U.C. Berkeley, where he was a Fellow at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science and won the 2019 Mark Bingham Prize for Excellence by a Young Alumnus. He previously served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Obama White House and a Presidential Innovation Fellow at NASA. Dan was the Chief Data Scientist at the World Resources Institute, where he co-founded Global Forest Watch. He has been a National Geographic Fellow and a lead math instructor at San Quentin State Prison with the Prison University Project. Dan graduated with high honors in mathematics and economics from Swarthmore College, where he was a Lang Opportunity Scholar and a Watson Fellow.



Co-founder and Managing Partner

Ode is a tech and design agency for the environment, building digital product and AI models for organizations like the UN, WWF, TIME, and NASA.

Earthrise Media

Founder and Partner

Earthrise Media is a creative agency for the environment, with in-house projects like Earthrise Education.

X, The Moonshot Factory

Senior Advisor and Climate Fellow

Working on environmental strategy, with a focus on data and algorithms.

The White House

Senior Policy Advisor

Worked in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer within the Obama White House as Senior Policy Advisor, specializing in the public finance of data infrastructure.

National Geographic Society

Fellow & Senior Advisor

Working with the National Geographic Labs to “drive new ways of exploring and understanding the world” and to “inspire actions to secure a planet in balance.”


Presidential Innovation Fellow

Served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at NASA, reporting to the Chief Technology Officer for Information Technology. Built web infrastructure for the space agency’s stranded data assets. The work was featured in a number of articles, including The Register, the NASA Open Data Blog, and Science. Coverage of the position found in Berkeley News.



SpaceKnow is a venture-backed company that transforms data from space into actionable intelligence.

World Resources Institute

Chief Data Scientist

Co-founded and built the first few versions of Global Forest Watch, a renewed effort to monitor deforestation from satellite imagery. Assembled a group of engineers and data scientists to work on data-driven products within the World Resources Institute, ranked as the top environmental think-tank in the world.

Resources for the Future

Affiliated Expert

Built a desktop tool called the Forest Carbon Index for RFF Fellow Nigel Purvis to identify areas with high potential for investment in terrestrial carbon.


UC Berkeley

PhD, Environmental Economics

Fellow, Berkeley Institute of Data Science

Swarthmore College

BA, Mathematics & Economics

High Honors, Lang Scholar

Awards & Honors