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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

Anna Carmichael

Solution Architect II

Anna Carmichael

Solution Architect II

Education: I double-majored in Economics and Religion at Goucher College. I studied abroad at the University of Cape Town and the University of Torino.

Life before Civis: My life before Civis was entirely focused on political campaigns. I went through 6 Election Days in 2 and a half years.

Fun Fact: My first three concerts were all The Fray... and not on purpose.

Leah Malkovich

Applied Data Scientist I

Leah Malkovich

Applied Data Scientist I

Education: M.A. in American Politics, University of Virginia; B.A. in Political Science, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Life before Civis: Worked in advocacy and campaigns, including the Illinois Coordinated Campaign in 2016 and the National Organization for Women.

Fun Fact: I once discovered a frog in my pancakes at IHOP -- which I later found out was not an isolated incident!

Erin Dominici

Applied Data Scientist II

Erin Dominici

Applied Data Scientist II

Education: MPH from Northwestern University; BA in Biological Sciences & Spanish from the University of Chicago UChicago

Life before Civis: Worked in biomedical and public health research, specializing in sexual and LGBTQ health.

Fun Fact: Won a Guitar Hero competition (+ $50 Game Stop gift card) in middle school.

Shen Ni

Applied Data Scientist II

Shen Ni

Applied Data Scientist II

Education: MBA/MPP, University of Michigan

Life before Civis: I did a bit of everything (finance, recruiting, contract negotiation, and data analytics) to grow a nonprofit coding boot camp (LaunchCode) from a staff of 7 to a staff of 50+.

Fun Fact: I got to help out with four episodes of the How I Built This podcast at NPR.

Franklin Dickinson

Applied Data Scientist I

Franklin Dickinson

Applied Data Scientist I

Education: BA in Government & Anthropology modified with Economics at Dartmouth College

Life before Civis: Before Civis, I worked as a Revenue Intelligence Analyst at an ad tech startup in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Fun Fact: According to my dentist, I have phenomenal wisdom teeth alignment.

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 Astronautics, Stanford University; MS in Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University

Life 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.

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 II

Nathan Zencey

Applied Data Scientist II

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.

Tony Hudson

Media Products Lead

Tony Hudson

Media Products Lead

Education: BS in Mathematics and BS in Industrial Engineering from Florida International University; MS in Statistics from Florida International University.

Life before Civis: I taught high school mathematics and physics for four years.

Fun Fact: Ran a family owned gelato store that made gelato in-house.

Anna Bladey

Applied Data Engineer

Anna Bladey

Applied Data Engineer

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 I

Victor Ramirez

Applied Data Scientist I

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 II

Grace Shrader

Applied Data Scientist II

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

ADS Lead

Todd Harris

ADS Lead

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

Senior Applied Data Scientist

Sherry Shenker

Senior 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

ADS Lead

Jonathan Williams

ADS Lead

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

ADS Lead

Ana Chen

ADS Lead

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:

Erika Eldrenkamp

Applied Data Scientist II

Erika Eldrenkamp

Applied Data Scientist II

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

Applied Data Scientist Lead

Maura Foley

Applied Data Scientist Lead

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

Life before Civis: Worked in marketing and advertising.

Fun Fact: Was on an NPR quiz show called "Ask me another" and won a rubix cube!

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.

Franklin Marsh

Senior Applied Data Scientist

Franklin Marsh

Senior 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

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 II

Ryan Rosenberg

Applied Data Scientist II

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 II

Alex Koeberle

Applied Data Scientist II

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 II

Elliott Burklow

Applied Data Scientist II

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

Connor Richards

Applied Data Scientist I

Connor Richards

Applied Data Scientist I

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

Senior Applied Data Scientist

Brecia Young

Senior 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

ADS Lead

Kelly Kreft

ADS Lead

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.