Dr. Wilneida Negrón

Personal tagline: “Equal parts of strategy and heart.”

My work involves me wearing different hats at different times serial social entrepreneur, researcher-technologist, field-builder, strategist, innovator, and artist.  I also rely on my specializations across a variety of sciences, including psychology/human development, economics, political science, sociology, and computer science to work on socio-economic issues and emerging technologies. 

Im the author of the upcoming book, “Dear Worker, Your Future“, which reaches across sectors, industries, labor markets, and civil society in hopes of igniting a collective reckoning and re-envisioning of how we want technology to shape our workplaces and economy.

I blend academic insight, practical strategy, and passionate advocacy to drive meaningful change in how the economy and technology impact society.

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My work has been featured at

The Guardian NPR Financial Times Washington Post Stanford Social Innovation Review Newsweek Protocol Fast Company Daily Maverick WiredBBC 4Inc.com

Personal story/Bio

I was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, to a Dominican mother and a Puerto Rican father. Since the day I was able to speak, I have lovingly frustrated my parents and siblings with endless back-to-back questions on everything from “what is the moon made of?”; “what happens to the cows when it rains? (we lived in the small rural farming community of Palenque); “what happens if I put red chanoti seeds in my ears? (I grew up surrounded by wild A. precatorius plants and made a few trips to the emergency room with seeds in my ears). As I got older, the questions became more complicated and ranged from everything from religion to economics and politics in the US, Puerto Rico, and around the world. To this day, it's my love and curiosity for the world and the people in it that drives my purpose and work.

I am currently the Director of Research and Policy at Coworker, Co-founder of the Startups & Society Initiative (SSI), and Founder of the Future of Workers Initiative. As part of SSI, I co-founded the Responsible Innovation Founders Summit — an annual event that has attracted 700+ global tech leaders including founders backed by Y-Combinator, General Catalyst, and Sequoia, and published the Responsible Innovation Primer for Founders — a distillation of 100+ interviews of influential tech and civil society leaders about building tech companies responsibly.
I am currently boot-strapping my new venture, Grey Americana, a multi-media company and social community.

My current Advisory roles Are:

I have a PhD In Comparative Politics, with a specialization in emerging technologies in East Asia And Latin America, a Masters In Public Administration, and a M.Phil. in International And Global Affairs. Im also a life-long Fellow at the Data & Society Research Institute and the Atlantic Institute. I am fluent in Spanish and Mandarin.

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