Senior Software Engineer
Audrey is one of our software engineers. She works on many projects, including DPLA’s metadata ingestion system and machine learning R&D. Past projects include developing the Primary Source Sets and Hub Analytics Dashboard applications. She holds a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa, and an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Alabama. In her free time, she enjoys studying mathematics and computer science, listening to classical music, going to the theater and playing games with her friends and very large extended family.
John (he/him) is our executive director. Previously John worked for nearly two decades as a philanthropic investor in digital media, media policy, and innovation. He most recently served as vice president for technology innovation at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, where he oversaw the Knight News Challenge, Knight’s Prototype Fund, and other efforts to improve the creation, curation, and accessibility of information. He previously managed technology and civic innovation programs at the MacArthur Foundation and the Ford Foundation. He has a master’s degree from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Pitzer College. He serves on the board of the Illinois Humanities Council.
Dominic is our data fellow. Dominic is working to integrate DPLA’s collections into Wikimedia projects and make them more readily accessible and reusable online. Most recently, Dominic worked at the National Archives and Records Administration where he was a digital content specialist, helping to design the catalog’s crowdsourcing features and launch the agency’s first catalog API, as well as being the world’s longest-serving Wikipedian in Residence. Dominic also served as Wikipedian in Residence at the Smithsonian Institution. Dominic currently serves as a cultural partnerships advisor at Wikimedia District of Columbia and has been an active Wikipedia editor since 2004. He has a B.A. from Reed College and has studied library science at Simmons College.
Michael Della Bitta
Director of Technology
Michael (he/him) is our director of technology. Michael has worked in software development and publications and in the startup, library, and education space for nearly 20 years. Michael most recently worked as a data and analytics developer, architect, and engineering manager at the marketing company ScribbleLive. Prior to that, Michael worked as a developer and architect on the repository and digital gallery teams at the New York Public Library, and built content management, online learning, and semantic metadata applications at Columbia University. Michael holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Bates College.
Suzanne Gilbert Lee
Operations and Culture Manager
Suzanne is our operations and culture manager and is responsible for a wide array of tasks that keep DPLA running smoothly, from events management and grant reporting to human resources and payroll. Suzanne has previously worked with several New England not-for-profit organizations, including Rocky Neck Art Colony, Historic New England and the North Shore Arts Association. She has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and studied theology at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Director of Ebook Services
Senior Software Engineer
Scott is one of our software engineers, working to create streamlined experiences for DPLA’s partner institutions. Before coming to DPLA, Scott worked with museum data at the Yale University Art Gallery and University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. He holds degrees in history and computer science from Miami University of Ohio.
Director of Communications
Kat (she/her) is our director of communications, working to get the word out about DPLA and our mission. She also helps create content for DPLA projects. Previously, Kat was vice president of digital content for the History Channel and A+E Networks. She has been nominated for three primetime Emmy Awards, winning in 2013 for the short documentary Remembering 9/11, and her website work has been recognized by the Library of Congress. She holds a B.A. in history from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in history education from Teachers College at Columbia University.
Shaneé Yvette Willis
Director of Community Engagement
Shaneé is our director of community engagement. She identifies and develops services, partnerships, and products to support our national network. Previously, Shaneé was the university archivist and an assistant professor at the University of West Georgia. Shaneé holds a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Bethune-Cookman University, a Master of Divinity from Drew Theological School and a Master of Library Science from North Carolina Central University. As former Director of Library Services and Archivist at Payne Theological Seminary, she curated the Payne Theological Seminary and African Methodist Episcopal Church Digital Collection. Shaneé is also the current president of the Society of Georgia Archivists, serves on the Board of Directors of Atla (formerly known as the American Theological Library Association) and is a member of the Society of American Archivists.