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Vitae

SUMMARY OF EXPERIENCE

Data scientist with experience navigating the crossroads of data and policy, and mapping the impacts of laws and budgets on Americans with low and moderate incomes. Published writer finding insights and solving problems using a breadth of data sources, descriptive and inferential statistics, and a foundation of economic theory. Exemplary work featured in professional and popular publications and recognized through awards.

WORK EXPERIENCE

The Urban Institute Program on Retirement Policy - Data Scientist (2019–Present)

  • Develop DYNASIM4 and MINT8 microsimulation models for retirement policy analysis. Research topics include the effects of state-mandated employer pensions, Social Security reform, pension reform, and home equity accumulation
  • Create interactive web visualizations
  • Lead the Urban Institute R Users Group and consult with researchers across the Urban Institute on projects involving R programming
  • Build open source tools in R
  • Train Urban Institute researchers how to use R, R Markdown, and R Shiny

The Urban Institute - Research Analyst (2018–2019)

The Urban Institute - Research Assistant (2016–2018)

Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis - Research Assistant (2015–2016)

Virginia Resources Authority - Finance Intern (2015)

RVANews - Reporter and Columnist (2011-2016)

EDUCATION

Master of Science (in progress)

  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Georgetown University

Bachelor of Science with Honors

  • Economics
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (2014)
  • Summa Cum Laude (3.97 GPA)

Bachelor of Arts with Honors

  • Music
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (2014)
  • Summa Cum Laude (3.97 GPA)

Certificate: Social Policies and Pragmatic Tolerance in Amsterdam Universitet van Amsterdam (2013)

Data Science Specialization Coursera (in progress)

POLICY REPORTS

CODE PRODUCTS

  • DYNASIM4 Updated the tax model to include the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; Secure Choice Pension Plans; R Shiny validation tool
  • MINT8 Rewrote model to accept the 2014 redesigned Survey of Income and Program Participation; Added models to estimate commuting costs and weeks worked for calculating the Supplemental Poverty Measure; Special Sworn Status
  • urbnthemes Developed the Urban Institute’s ggplot2 theme for R
  • urbnmapr Co-developed the Urban Institute’s package for simple state and county choropleths in R
  • urbntemplates Developed the Urban Institute’s R templates package
  • Iterated PDF fact sheets with R Markdown template

HONORS

  • 2018 Urban Institute President’s Award for Technology Innovation in Research/Data Science
  • VCU Economics Department Student of the Year
  • VCU Dossier Award: Granted by faculty to the best 15+ page paper chronicling a graduate’s experience in the VCU Honors College. It is the sole award granted by the college
  • VCU Provost Scholarship: Competitive four-year scholarship that includes all tuition and fees.
  • VCU University Honors: Admittance is based on GPA and strength of application. Recognition requires an additional, diverse 24-credit curriculum, regular attendance to unique lectures, and faculty-approved dossier
  • Phi Kappa Phi

SOFTWARE AND SKILLS

Advanced

  • R
  • R Shiny
  • R Markdown
  • R package development
  • Git

Intermediate

  • LaTeX
  • SAS
  • front-end web development
  • microsimulation
  • data imputation
  • Bash/command line

Basic

  • JavaScript D3.js
  • ArcGIS
  • Stata