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Terah Lyons


AI Index Steering Committee Member; Founding Executive Director, Partnership on AI

Terah Lyons is the Founding Executive Director of the Partnership on AI, a multi-stakeholder non-profit initiative focused on advancing the benefits and addressing the challenges of artificial intelligence co-founded by a coalition of technology companies, civil society organizations, and academic experts in 2016. Under Terah’s leadership, the Partnership has grown into a global community of almost one hundred organizations spanning diverse sectors and disciplines, working to build capacity across the field for responsible AI development and deployment.

Previously, Terah was a Policy Advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) during the Obama Administration. In her capacity at the White House, Terah led a policy portfolio focused on machine intelligence, including AI, robotics, and intelligent transportation systems. In her work at OSTP, she helped establish and direct the White House Future of Artificial Intelligence Initiative, which framed a U.S. Government-wide domestic policy strategy on AI. She oversaw robotics policy and regulatory matters, led the Administration’s work from the White House on civil and commercial unmanned aircraft systems integration into the U.S. airspace system, and also advised on issues related to diversity and inclusion in the technology industry and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Terah currently sits on the Study Panel for Stanford’s One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence (AI100), and on the Steering Committee of the AI Index hosted at Stanford’s Human-Centered AI Institute. She was formerly on the Board of Directors of the Harvard University Alumni Association. Terah has been a Mozilla Foundation Technology Policy Fellow, and a Fellow with Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She is a graduate of Harvard University.