Bhavini Patel is the CEO and co-founder of beamdata, a civic tech company that operates at the intersection of social issues and data. Her company works with local governments to tackle community-level problems by building data tools that guide equitable impact and decision-making. In 2019, Bhavini was a candidate for Allegheny County Council District 8 and came in second in a competitive three-way race. In 2020, she was appointed to the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Advisory Board by Senator Jay Costa and also currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Edgewood Democratic Committee. As a Pittsburgh native, Bhavini volunteers her time on the Boards of several nonprofits including Second Generation PAC, the Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh and Civically Inc, which is a Wilkinsburg-based nonprofit dedicated to community development. She graduated from the University of Oxford as a Rotary Global Grant Scholar and the University of Pittsburgh. Most recently, she was recognized as 30 Under 30 by the Pittsburgh Business Times and The Incline’s Who’s Next Politics 2018.