Denise Caruso (Executive Director and Chair). Caruso founded the Hybrid Vigor Institute in 2000 after 17 years as a commentator and analyst for and about technology-based industries and issues. Most recently, from 1995 to 2000, she wrote the Technology column for the Monday Information Industries section of The New York Times. In January 2000, she became a contributor to the Times' Arts & Ideas section, writing primarily about scientific and academic research in progress. In addition to consulting with the Pew Charitable Trusts and Consumers Union on standards and practices for improving credibility on the Internet, Caruso has been a visiting scholar at Interval Research Corporation and a visiting lecturer at Stanford University in the Human-Computer Interaction program. She was also the executive producer of Spotlight, an invitation-only conference for senior executives from the technology, communications, media and interactive media industries. Before launching the Technology and Media Group, an information services company for Norman Pearlstine's Friday Holdings, in 1994, Caruso was founding editor of Digital Media — then acclaimed as the seminal newsletter in the emerging new media industry — and an anchor columnist for the San Francisco Examiner's Sunday technology section. Her analyses have been published in The Wall Street Journal, Columbia Journalism Review, Wired, I.D. Magazine, the San Jose Mercury News and the Utne Reader. She has also provided commentary for NPR's 'Morning Edition' and 'All Things Considered.' For more on Caruso, please see her extended bio.

Diana Rhoten, Ph.D. (Research Director). Dr. Rhoten joined Caruso at Hybrid Vigor in June 2000. She oversees the Institute's overall research agenda, and serves as lead principal investigator for Hybrid Vigor's National Science Foundation-funded pilot study on interdisciplinary research networks and methods. In addition to her work at the Institute, Dr. Rhoten is an assistant professor of International Comparative Education at Stanford University where she teaches courses in applied research methodologies, education policy, and international development. Dr. Rhoten has a Ph.D. in Social Sciences, Policy, and Educational Practice and an M.A. in Sociology and Organizational Studies from Stanford University, as well as an M.Ed. in International Development Education from Harvard University. For the seven years before she joined Hybrid Vigor, Dr. Rhoten's research focused on understanding how global and local factors interact to impact educational policy and organizational reform. Her unique interdisciplinary approach has been funded by grants from the Fulbright Commission, the Stanford University Center for Latin American Studies, and the Stanford University Lieberman Fellowship Committee. She has also consulted as a research methodologist, policy analyst, and implementation specialist for a number of international and national organizations and think tanks,including the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Consortium for Policy Research in Education. Prior to her academic career, Dr. Rhoten was the director for international education and economic development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. For more on Dr. Rhoten, please see her extended bio.