Welcome.

I'm Andrew, and I'm a data scientist. I've spent the past fifteen years working with data as a practitioner, a researcher, an educator, an advisor, and a leader. My experience covers a wide range of areas, from local government to Big Tech, but across all these areas there's a common theme: finding the best ways of using data to solve real-world problems. I'm always looking for new projects and collaborations, and have created this site to share more about what I've done and what I can do.


Take a look around, and if you think we might want to work together, please get in touch!

 

Selected Services

 

Modeling for Political Campaigns and Nonprofits

Find and target your most promising voters, volunteers, and donors with custom-built models that leverage your existing outreach to make your campaigns more efficient and effective.

Risk Management for Ethical AI and ML

Outside evaluation of your machine learning and AI projects' ethical implications can promote fairness in model outputs, increase model transparency and trust, and avoid potential problems down the road.

Data Warehouse Planning and Governance

We can design a data warehouse that unlocks the value of your data with streamlined analytics and reporting, built-in privacy and security controls, and integrations with all of your essential tools and applications.

Smart City Tools and Technology

I can help local governments navigate the complex and fast-changing landscape of civic technology, and I can work with  developers to make sure their products are a good fit for what cities really need.

Data Science Hiring and Procurement Advice

Whether you're just starting out with data and analytics or expanding an existing program, I can help you to find the right staff and vendors to fit your organization's particular needs.

Security and Privacy Check-Ups

Make sure that your data science and analytics teams are doing their part to protect the privacy and security of your organization's sensitive data and maintain the trust of your customers and partners.

Data, Analysis, and Model Quality Audits

Get an independent, unbiased perspective on the quality and performance of your mission-critical data projects, to avoid costly errors and identify opportunities for improvement.

Training and Mentoring

I have helped hundreds of data scientists, analysts, and engineers develop their skills, build their confidence, and learn to become leaders, and I can work with your team in groups or one-on-one to give them the same experience.

Analytics Program and Policy Evaluations

Looking for an objective view of how your analytics program is going and guidance about the best way forward? I can work with your team, partners, and stakeholders to assess your progress and build a roadmap for the future.

This is just a sample of what I can offer. For larger projects, I can also bring in the services of trusted consultants and vendors to add capacity and additional skills. To learn more about how I can help your organization, please reach out!

Selected Experience

 

2016 - 2018

Chief Data Officer, City of Boston

Appointed as Boston’s first-ever Chief Data Officer, leading a team of more than twenty staff, contractors, and fellows working in the areas of data science, data engineering, performance management, open data, and geospatial analytics. Developed strategies, policies, and programs to promote the use of data and analytics throughout city government while managing the associated privacy, security, legal, and political risks. Guided the design and implementation of new data science and data warehousing platforms to deliver enterprise-grade scalability, reliability, security, and performance for analytics projects.

2014 - 2016

Director of Data Science, Democratic National Committee

Created a comprehensive data science program from the ground up, recruiting and leading a new team of data scientists, analysts, and engineers to support all aspects of the DNC's mission. Developed models of voter behavior and opinion used by thousands of political campaigns. Launched new initiatives to target and optimize online, mail, and phone fundraising programs resulting in tens of thousands of new donors and millions of dollars of additional revenue.

2018 - 2019

Infrastructure Data Science Manager, Facebook

Led a team of data scientists and engineers working on projects to optimize Facebook’s back-end infrastructure. Provided technical leadership in areas ranging from data warehousing and tools to messaging infrastructure and content delivery networks. Developed machine learning models and real-time prediction services to support network infrastructure operations.

2019 - 2020

Data Science Instructor, Harvard University

Designed and taught a new course, “Data Science for Political Campaigns, Fundraising, and Election Forecasting”, as part of the Harvard Extension School's Data Science Master's program. Developed and presented lecture materials, created course assignments and examinations, and arranged for weekly guest presentations from experts in politics and industry. Provided hands-on demonstrations of data science methods and technical mentoring for students.

For a more complete look at my experience, education, skills, and more, see my latest resume.

Contact Me

If you'd like to discuss a potential project or collaboration, please reach out using the form below with a brief description of what you're thinking and the best way to reach you. Thanks!

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