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

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.