Hello, I’m Marc

Defender, Engineer, and Policy Advocate based in the Washington, D.C.-area — I evaluate, litigate, and advocate for science, technologies, and policies to uphold, not undermine, justice.

With more than a decade of experience in law, technology, and policy, I have been on the front lines in each: advocating in the battle for justice and humanity as a public defender; building and testing complex human-automated aerospace and defense systems as a Ph.D. aerospace and cognitive engineer; and, handling media, policy, and appropriations for a portfolio including artificial intelligence, defense, homeland security, and justice as a science and technology fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Today, I am just as comfortable in a trial advocating for the humanity and rights of youth and adults facing serious charges or arguing a motion challenging unreliable scientific evidence as I am using data science to show racial disparities in arrests or leading a 15-minute meeting with policymakers explaining how they ought to be governing artificial intelligence.

I’ve consulted on criminal cases in federal and state courts across the country challenging unreliable technology like DNA software, fingerprint databases, toolmark evidence, and face recognition systems. I’ve taught and testified about artificial intelligence governance and the value of independent testing to judges, lawyers, and policymakers. I’ve been a labor union delegate with the IWW and President of Georgia Tech’s Graduate Student Body. I’ve partnered with with the AFL-CIO to discuss the future of work and the NAACP to discuss surveillance of marginalized communities. As the member and past Chair of the IEEE-USA AI Policy Committee I’ve advised policymakers from U.S. Senators and House members to staff of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and local policymakers on how to govern automated decision systems, generative AI, and forensic techniques like DNA software and digital investigations.

If there is technology that is not being governed appropriately and harming people, I’ll likely be advocating, speaking and writing about it in just about any way I can: speeches, panels, testimony, trial advocacy, appellate arguments, law review articles, engineering journals, blogs, white papers, and op-eds. That includes forensic evidence, the family regulation system, discriminatory algorithms, autonomous weapons, autonomous vehicles, voting machines, and cybersecurity.

Check out my CV or my LinkedIn. If any of this resonates with you, let’s get in touch.