Mason Burley

Chief Executive Officer

Mason Burley, PhD brings over two decades of experience in the public, philanthropic, corporate and university sectors to his role as chief executive officer of Urbanova. He joined the team in 2022 and oversees every aspect of the organization’s mission, strategy, and portfolio of projects. Previously, Mason served as director of research and community impact at Innovia Foundation and in senior research roles at both Premier, Inc. and the Washington State Institute for Public Policy. He currently holds an appointment as a quarterly faculty member in the Eastern Washington University College of Professional Programs. Mason earned a doctoral degree from Washington State University (2017) and a certificate in advanced evaluation practices from The Evaluators Institute at Claremont Graduate University (2021). He is a member of several national groups that focus on social innovation and impact including Charity Navigator’s Consultative Council of Nonprofit Leaders and the LEAP of Reason Ambassador’s Community.

Justin Whicker

Software Engineer / Project Manager

Justin is a software engineer supporting Urbanova’s technology initiatives. As project manager and lead developer of Urbanova Cloud, he’s working with Urbanova’s partners to support innovative, cross-sector data collaborations to help understand issues our communities are facing – and using data and technology to enable equitable solutions for all residents. Justin graduated from WSU’s Voiland College of Engineering in 2019 with a B.S. in computer science and brings a breadth of expertise in mobile and web application development. His previous work experience consisted in the developing and testing of industrial computer firmware along with web, backend, and mobile phone application solutions.