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    More and more nonprofit organizations are investing in data infrastructure, and nearly all of them face the same looming question: should we build, or should we buy?

    Each option offers its own pros and cons, and determining which is right for you isn’t always easy. There are dozens of critical factors that go into the decision, from in-house expertise and timelines to long-term support and total cost.

    Join Civis Analytics and a lineup of nonprofit industry data professionals on for an unbiased exploration of the options at your disposal, and whether building or buying is right for your organization.

    Topics include:

    • When to build your data ecosystem, and what to look out for
    • When to partner with a data service provider, and what to look out for
    • First-hand experiences and best practices from nonprofit data professionals that have taken each of these paths

    About Civis Analytics

    At Civis, we take a science-first approach to solving business problems using person-level data. With a blend of proprietary technology and statistical advisory services, we help public and private sector organizations find, understand, and connect with the people they care about, so they can stop guessing and start using statistical proof to guide decisions. We know others use “data science” and “analytics” as buzzwords, but at Civis we don’t stand for fluff, and we will always deliver scalable products and technologies — not PowerPoints — to drive your business forward.

    Webinar Speakers


    Matt Brennan

    Director of Engineering, Civis Analytics

    Matt Brennan is a Director of Engineering at Civis Analytics overseeing the engineering teams who develop new features for Platform. Since starting as the 4th engineer at Civis 9 years ago he’s worked on nearly all aspects of the platform, as well as data pipelines, political dashboards, and media optimization tools. Before joining Civis he completed his PhD in Biomedical Engineering, worked as an appointee in the Obama administration, and was the Data Manager for Missouri on the 2008 presidential campaign.

    Anna Carmichael

    Anna Carmichael

    Lead, Solution Architecture

    A former client of Civis Analytics, Solution Architecture Lead Anna Carmichael officially joined the company in 2018. Anna supported presidential primary clients through early 2020, before embedding on the Biden Analytics team for the general election and Georgia runoff. Now, Anna is bringing the lessons she learned from these experiences to Civis’ clients in the political and nonprofit sectors. Thanks to her hands-on experience, Anna is an expert on the modern analytics stack and knows what kind of tooling it takes to get the job done.


    Nick Davis

    Chief Platform Officer, Mid-Ohio Food Collective

    Nick Davis is Chief Platform Officer of the Mid-Ohio Food Collective, a Feeding America member foodbank. Nick also serves as the Faculty Chair of Corporate Innovation at Singularity University, is a Partner at Faster Future, LLC, and a Board Member of Forbes Ignite. Nick is author of the Amazon #1 Best Seller Future Ready: A Changemakers Guide to the Exponential Revolution. For the past 15 years Nick has worked in a combination of Executive Education, Corporate Innovation, Venture Capital, and building and leading multiple high growth startups.


    Shreyes Seshasai

    CTO, Switchboard

    Shreyes is currently CTO of Switchboard, a political tech company that provides digital tools for campaigns and non-profits. Previously he was the Analytics Engineering Director for Biden for President, where he led a team of data engineers responsible for the overall data infrastructure of the campaign. This included managing their data warehouses, interfacing with external vendors and data service providers used by the campaign, building ETL pipelines for moving data around, all to enable effective analysis, reporting, and decision making across teams.