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DataKind DC launched in August 2014 to bring the data-for-good movement to America’s capital. Washington DC is home to many organizations doing social good at local, national, and international levels and DataKind has already worked with several of them. The city also has a thriving community of data scientists organized by Data Community DC, and they are complemented by civic-minded groups like Code for DC and high-profile attention to data from the White House’s Data.gov and DC's Office of the CTO. Despite the vibrant data and social good ecosystem of DC, there is a need to bring these groups together to foster more collaboration. Datakind DC is thrilled to play that role, facilitating data-for-good engagements to build the capacity of organizations and data scientists alike to put data in service of the public good.
Meet the Team
By day, Rich works in philanthropy at Wellspring Philanthropic Fund as their Learning and Evaluation Officer. There, he uses data to inform strategy development and evaluation, creates learning and knowledge management systems, and coordinates an organizational learning agenda. Rich previously worked in IT, as a water resource engineer, as a GIS analyst, and in field data collection on the cleanup of the BP Gulf oil spill. He has a BSE in Civil Engineering and an MSE in Water Resource Engineering and Hydrology, both from the University of Florida, and an MS in Information Systems from Johns Hopkins University. In addition to DataKind, Rich is involved with Data4BlackLives, Code for DC, and also does independent data analysis and visualization consulting for the World Bank and others.
Cara is a data scientist and healthcare project manager at a government contractor in the DC area. She has worked on a diverse set of analytics problems across several industries and government agencies. She previously worked as an analytics consultant for a data science consulting firm in Northern Virginia and as a statistician for an education-related nonprofit in the UK, where her research influenced national education policy debates. Cara’s background is in the social sciences; she has degrees in economics and experimental psychology. Outside of work, she enjoys running, skiing, and learning new things.
Dan is an energy industry analyst in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Policy and Innovation, where he focuses on emerging issues and technologies in electricity markets. He previously supported the Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability with the development and demonstration of smart grid technologies, and has also performed research in various fields, including particle physics and LED lighting. Dan has a Bachelors of Science degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters of Science degree in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University. When he's not writing queries and making graphs, Dan enjoys playing basketball, taking advantage of the cultural events around Washington, DC, and volunteering with local farmers markets.
William is a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. His current interests include magnetic materials and the physics of strongly correlated electrons. His interest in data includes inverse problems, machine learning and data visualization. Outside of work, he enjoys running, baking, traveling and data science!
Rachel codifies processes, ensures all projects are executed with the highest quality standards, and creates structures to facilitate experimentation and sharing of learnings. Before joining the DataKind Global team, she was a DataKind volunteer, passionate about data science for social good. She has worked at IBM as a Data Scientist and at Innovations for Poverty Action in poverty measurement, capacity building, and research and data support. She was a Baylor University Scholar with a concentration in Mathematics. Rachel lives in DC, where she enjoys long walks on the Anacostia River Trail.
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