We’re thrilled to introduce you to one of the newest members of our team. Shout out to Chris Chenet as one of DataKind’s Product Owners!
Chris comes to DataKind with more than ten years of experience in technology strategy and implementation, product management, contract management, and quality assurance. In this new role, he’ll be an integral part of DataKind’s Technology and Product teams, where he’ll drive product strategy, shape user experiences, lead cross-functional teams, and spearhead partner engagement for multiple products.
As both a social worker and technologist with a track record of developing data-driven decision making tools to drive social policy and funding, we’re delighted to have him with us. Learn more about Chris below.
What were you up to before DataKind?
Before joining DataKind, I served as the Senior Technical Advisor to executive leadership at the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), where I specialized in product management, design, process engineering, data analysis, quality assurance, and program management. I worked closely with community-based organizations, funders, and housing agencies to improve performance and identify systemic gaps. I also introduced and developed tools to streamline and simplify workflows. Our collective mission was to expedite the process of providing safe and stable housing to the most vulnerable households in Los Angeles County.
Why are you excited to join DataKind?
I’m thrilled to join DataKind because of its strong alignment with my passion for the social sector and technology. As a social worker and as a public administrator, I saw firsthand the challenges of working with outdated systems and limited resources. That’s why I have focused my career on finding ways to make processes easier, faster, and more streamlined for nonprofit organizations and administrators alike. I believe that by using data-driven approaches, we can make a lasting impact on the lives of those in need; and that concept is deeply rooted in DataKinds values. In my role as a Product Owner, I aim to shape the product landscape to drive innovation and create a lasting global impact, aligning with DataKind’s mission and vision.
What do you like to do in your free time?
If there’s a fun pop culture convention in the southern California area (Comic Con, Star Wars Celebration, D23, etc.), you’ll probably see me and my family there. We love going to as many comic book, sci-fi, anime conventions as we can. The family and I love exploring new places to eat, arcades to play, going to theme parks, and walking our dogs any chance we can get.
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