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Margaret Spring

Director of Product

An experienced product leader with more than a decade of hands-on experience, Margaret Spring is the Director of Product at Benefits Data Trust (BDT). In her role, she is responsible for defining BDT’s digital tools, developing a high-level roadmap for the organization’s product strategy, and driving it to actionable and successful implementation. Prior to this position at BDT, Margaret was a consultant for Robin Hood — a foundation fighting poverty in New York — acting as its technical product liaison. She was also a Robin Hood fellow in its social impact incubator, where she launched a chatbot for caregivers of Alzheimer's and dementia patients with low-income. Additionally, Margaret handled product management at financial services and marketing data companies, such as Charles Schwab, Acxiom, and Data Axel (formerly Info group), leveraging data usage in innovative ways. 

Margaret attended Northwestern University where she double-majored in political science and international studies, and then earned her Master of Information Management and Systems at the University of California, Berkeley School of Information. She dabbles in metal smithing and jewelry-making, and lives with her partner, Yann, and their daughter, Artemis, in Port Jervis, NY.

Why Benefits Data Trust?

"Being part of a team dedicated to making benefits application processes, and the equity objectives of those benefits, more accessible to those they were created to support."

Volunteer work:

For many years in Brooklyn, I led English Learner Practice and Citizenship Exam Prep groups. Currently, I'm involved with Social Justice outreach & education groups in my community. Living in a smaller town, it's exciting to see the impact a few people can have to motivate and engage the community.

Hometown:

Portland, Oregon

Passionate about:

Building a bigger table for the benefit of everyone

Best advice ever received:

Give others the benefit of the doubt.

One accomplishment you are most proud of:

Trusting my intuition. And, working locally to organize a Women's March and community activism volunteer fair in my community.