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Applied Data Science

A team of technical advisors that help clients become more data-driven, serving as the translators between the business strategists and the data scientists.

Applied Data Science

Franklin Dickinson

Applied Data Scientist

Franklin Dickinson

Applied Data Scientist

Education: BA in Government from Dartmouth College

Life before Civis: formerly wandering the Southern Cone

Fun Fact: phenomenal wisdom teeth allignment

Iñaki Sagarzazu

Senior Applied Data Scientist

Iñaki Sagarzazu

Senior Applied Data Scientist

Education: PhD in Political Science; MA in Public Administration from the University of Houston; BA in Computer Engineering from Universidad Simon Bolivar (Venezuela)

Life before Civis: I was a political science professor at Texas Tech University and at the University of Glasgow.

Fun Fact: I love everything about the Olympic games, except for the actual sports. I love to find out about the host cities (chosen and candidates), how they get selected, the plans, mascots, logos, etc.

Ben Kirshner

Senior Applied Data Scientist

Ben Kirshner

Senior Applied Data Scientist

Education: BS in Aeronautics and Astronautrics, concentration in dynamics and aircraft design, Stanford University; MS in Management Science and Engineering, concentration in decision and risk analysis, Stanford University

Life before Civis: Before Civis, I worked at the intersection of data, media, politics, and policy at Politico.

Fun Fact: Every holiday season since 2005, my brother and I have worked front and back of house at a small, family-owned French bakery outside of Boston, MA.

Brett Baden

Applied Data Science Lead

Brett Baden

Applied Data Science Lead

Education: PhD in Public Policy, University of Chicago

Life before Civis: Before joining Civis I worked in Data Science at Nielsen for seven years. Prior to that, I was a transportation economist, an environmental consultant, and an economics professor.

Fun Fact: I grew up on a sheep ranch in Montana!

Kui Mwai

Proposal Coordinator

Kui Mwai

Proposal Coordinator

Education: BS in Law and Society, American University

Life before Civis: I have experience in communications strategy building and execution.

Fun Fact: I grew up in Nairobi, Kenya.

Elliott Evans

Senior Data Scientist

Elliott Evans

Senior Data Scientist

Education: BA in Mathematics & Statistics from Northwestern, MS in Applied Statistics from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Life before Civis: I worked in finance for a year in Chicago before getting my master's at Michigan.

Fun Fact: Very into baseball (analytics) and I love the Orioles, I don't care that they're terrible. Well, I kind of do.

Scarlett Swerdlow

Director of Applied Data Science

Scarlett Swerdlow

Director of Applied Data Science

Education: Master of Public Policy, University of Chicago Harris School; Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Berkeley

Life before Civis: Prior to joining Civis in 2015, I worked in the nonprofit sector for eight years on issues ranging from arts and culture to drug policy. I am also a Lecturer at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs where I teach a course on computer science in public policy.

Fun Fact: I'm learning to speak Arabic.

Charlie Carbery

Senior Applied Data Scientist

Charlie Carbery

Senior Applied Data Scientist

Education: University of California, Berkeley - Masters in Data Science; Carleton College - B.A. in Economics

Life before Civis: I'm an experienced data scientist with past roles focusing on Healthcare and Higher Education.

Fun Fact: I'm currently learning how to make my own sausage.

Paul Welle

Senior Applied Data Scientist

Paul Welle

Senior Applied Data Scientist

Education: I have a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University in Engineering and Public Policy and a BS Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Environmental Engineering.

Life before Civis: I worked with the Mexican government to detect tax fraud.

Fun Fact: I grew up in a rural part of southern Georgia.

Bryan Baird

Senior Applied Data Scientist

Bryan Baird

Senior Applied Data Scientist

Education: The Data Incubator, Fellow; Georgetown University, Master of Public Policy; Washington University in St. Louis, Bachelor of Science

Life before Civis: Prior to joining Civis, Bryan worked in the technology sector, government, and research. Now at Civis, he combines all three!

Fun Fact: Was once part of a failed attempt at the World Record for Largest Macarena.

Chris Dick

Director of Applied Data Science

Chris Dick

Director of Applied Data Science

Education: BA, Sociology, Washington State University; MA, Sociology, Washington State University

Life before Civis: I was previously a Senior Data Scientist at JD Power and Associates. I also was a former Statistician and Supervisor for the US Census Bureau and US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Fun Fact: I enjoy traveling, food, and I'm a Seahawks Enthusiast.

Nathan Zencey

Applied Data Scientist

Nathan Zencey

Applied Data Scientist

Education: B.A. Political Science, Chapman University; M.S. Data Science, George Washington University

Life before Civis: Former Political Director for Senator Mark Begich's 2014 re-election campaign. I also served at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Fun Fact: I enjoy playing soccer in my free time.

Anna Bladey

Applied Data Scientist I

Anna Bladey

Applied Data Scientist I

Education: B.A. Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Dartmouth College; M.S. Data Analytics, University of Chicago

Life before Civis: My capstone project for my Master's degree was titled "Automated Cryptocurrency Trading via Deep Learning"

Fun Fact: I'm in a Mumford & Sons music video!

Victor Ramirez

Applied Data Scientist

Victor Ramirez

Applied Data Scientist

Education: BS in Physics from Michigan State University

Life before Civis: Previously an undergraduate research assistant at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams

Fun Fact: Used to host a heavy metal radio show in college every Thursday from 10pm-2am.

Grace Shrader

Applied Data Scientist

Grace Shrader

Applied Data Scientist

Education: M.S. Analytics from University of Chicago, M.S. Microbiology from University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S. in Biological Sciences from University of Notre Dame

Life before Civis: Formerly a research microbiologist

Fun Fact: She often prefers to communicate her ideas in cartoon form and is a former member of cartoonist Lynda Barry's Comics Club.

Max Schuman

Applied Data Scientist

Max Schuman

Applied Data Scientist

Education: BS in Computer Science, Northwestern University

Life before Civis: Student and amateur newspaper sportswriter at Northwestern

Fun Fact: Was once cut in line at an airport by Flavor Flav

Todd Harris

Applied Data Science Manager

Todd Harris

Applied Data Science Manager

Education: BA Public Policy, Brown University

Life before Civis: Worked on the 2012 Obama campaign, the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee, and various Virginia campaigns

Fun Fact: His favorite food is bread. All types, all kinds, toasted and untoasted.

Sherry Shenker

Applied Data Scientist

Sherry Shenker

Applied Data Scientist

Education: BA in Economics from UChicago

Life before Civis: Did research on the economics of preschool.

Fun Fact: Grew up speaking Russian and was certified as a mechanical drafter in high school

Rishi Guharay

Social Science Project Coordinator

Rishi Guharay

Social Science Project Coordinator

Education: BA in International Area Studies from Drexel University, Pennoni Honors College; MPH from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

Life before Civis: Previously conducted Mixed Methods research regarding Early Childhood Development, Criminal Justice reform, victimization in Illinois and broader public health needs, as well as a doing brief stint as a preschool teacher.

Fun Fact: Loves to serenade her friends and enemies with impromptu ukulele and singing sessions.

Jonathan Williams

Applied Data Science Manager

Jonathan Williams

Applied Data Science Manager

Education: BA and MS in Statistics and MS in Analytics from the University of Chicago

Life before Civis: Worked in litigation consulting on econometric and financial cases

Fun Fact: Has lived at twelve different Chicago addresses over the last twelve years.

Ana Chen

Senior Applied Data Scientist

Ana Chen

Senior Applied Data Scientist

Education: BS in Management Science from MIT; MPhil in Management Science and Operations from Cambridge Judge Business School

Life before Civis: Previously worked in operations consulting and marketing analytics

Fun Fact:

Amos Budde

VP of Applied Data Science

Amos Budde

VP of Applied Data Science

Education: BS Mathematics from Brown University

Life before Civis: Public Policy Researcher

Fun Fact: I've built most of my home furniture from scratch

Erika Eldrenkamp

Applied Data Scientist

Erika Eldrenkamp

Applied Data Scientist

Education: MPH in Health Metrics and Evaluation from the University of Washington

Life before Civis: Worked at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation as a Post-Bachelor Fellow.

Fun Fact: SCUBA certified and once saw a shark on a nighttime dive of a shipwreck

Maura Foley

Senior Applied Data Scientist

Maura Foley

Senior Applied Data Scientist

Education: BS in Biology, Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Life before Civis: Worked in marketing and advertising

Fun Fact: W Ask Me Another, an NPR quiz show.

Clara Wang

Applied Data Scientist

Clara Wang

Applied Data Scientist

Education: B.A. in Government from Dartmouth College

Life before Civis: Undergraduate Researcher for the Harvard University Privacy Tools Project

Fun Fact: I've seen every episode of Arrested Development twice

Ellen Houston

Director of ADS

Ellen Houston

Director of ADS

Education: MBA from Kellogg School of Management

Life before Civis: I was involved in brand strategy and digital media planning and buying.

Fun Fact: I have a knack for recognizing celebrity voiceovers on commercials.

Christine Campigotto

Director of ADS

Christine Campigotto

Director of ADS

Education: BA in Economics from University of Denver

Life before Civis: Worked on the 2008 Obama Campaign and in the White House as an economic policy analyst

Fun Fact: Was on ESPN2 for a cheerleading competition in high school.

Franklin Marsh

Applied Data Scientist

Franklin Marsh

Applied Data Scientist

Education: BA in Physics from Pomona College

Life before Civis: Worked as an astrophysics researcher at Caltech

Fun Fact: Is an avid CTA fan

Cameron Clarke

Applied Data Scientist

Cameron Clarke

Applied Data Scientist

Education: A.B., Philosophy and African American Studies, Harvard University

Life before Civis: Studied political philosophy, statistics, and computer science in college

Fun Fact: Is an avid musician

Angelo Mancini

Director of Applied Data Science

Angelo Mancini

Director of Applied Data Science

Education: Ph.D. Operations Management & Management Science, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Life before Civis: I previously worked at the Federal Reserve, and loading/unloading oil drums from trucks.

Fun Fact: I have a deep knowledge of '80s and '90s action and sci-fi movies.

Hayley Arader

Senior Applied Data Scientist

Hayley Arader

Senior Applied Data Scientist

Education: BA in Government and Statistics from Harvard University

Life before Civis: Studied racial and gender salience in voter behavior at Harvard

Fun Fact: Leads whitewater wilderness canoe trips for Keewaydin Camps!

Ryan Rosenberg

Applied Data Scientist

Ryan Rosenberg

Applied Data Scientist

Education: BA in Political Science from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Life before Civis: directed a canvass office in Florida during 2016 campaign

Fun Fact: won $10,000 for my school on a local game show in HS

Alex Koeberle

Applied Data Scientist

Alex Koeberle

Applied Data Scientist

Education: BA in Economics and Environmental Studies from Georgetown University

Life before Civis: I was a policy analyst for a farmworker advocacy group and a data scientist at The Advisory Board Company.

Fun Fact: I enjoy mountain climbing, wine, and culinary adventures.

Elliott Burklow

Applied Data Scientist

Elliott Burklow

Applied Data Scientist

Education: BS in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences from Northwestern University

Life before Civis: Student

Fun Fact: Deemed "best backup goalie in the county" by HS soccer coach

Emma Peterson

Applied Data Scientist

Emma Peterson

Applied Data Scientist

Education: B.A. Political Science, Colorado College; M.S. Computational Analysis & Public Policy, The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy

Life before Civis: Worked in public relations for a healthcare system.

Fun Fact: Emma was born en caul, which is why she has such a nicely shaped head.

John Spaw

Applied Data Scientist

John Spaw

Applied Data Scientist

Education: MS in Statistics from University of Wisconsin - Madison, BS in Mathematics from Millikin University

Life before Civis: Sang in choral ensembles while finishing graduate school

Fun Fact: I am a black belt in Shotokan Karate

Amy Deora

Director of Government Analytics

Amy Deora

Director of Government Analytics

Education: Master of City Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Life before Civis: I led data analytics projects at HUD, DOL, DOE, and CFPB.

Fun Fact: I've taught English in Japan, Jamaica, and India.

Connor Richards

Applied Data Scientist

Connor Richards

Applied Data Scientist

Education: B.S. Physics (Univ. of California, Riverside), MASt Applied Math and Theoretical Physics (Univ. of Cambridge)

Life before Civis: Worked on searches for supersymmetry at CERN before leaving a Physics Ph.D. program to join Civis.

Fun Fact: Attended Stephen Hawking's 75th birthday party.

Brecia Young

Applied Data Scientist

Brecia Young

Applied Data Scientist

Education: BA in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University, M.A. in Economics from Northwestern University

Life before Civis: Worked as research analyst in education policy.

Fun Fact:

Bryan Berend

Senior Applied Data Scientist

Bryan Berend

Senior Applied Data Scientist

Education: University of Michigan - B.S. in Mathematics & Statistics

Life before Civis: Worked with CPG and Retail sales data at Nielsen.

Fun Fact: Once worked in a ravioli factory

Kelly Kreft

Senior Applied Data Scientist

Kelly Kreft

Senior Applied Data Scientist

Education: B.A., Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences, Political Science, Northwestern University

Life before Civis: I worked with other Civis founding members as a part of the Obama 2012 Analytics team as the department's Analytics Project Manager.

Fun Fact: I was in a sketch comedy group in college, and since then have acted in a few short films and comedy shows.

Chris George

Applied Data Science Manager

Chris George

Applied Data Science Manager

Education: B.S. Math & Statistics from Miami University

Life before Civis: Crunched numbers with 40 others in a "Cave" to help re-elect President Barack Obama.

Fun Fact: Can name every member of the 2004 Red Sox team.