Women In Data Who Inspire Us

The DCFemTech Awards recognize powerful women programmers, designers, and data scientists based in the Washington, DC region. These amazing women are the data science award recipients for the year 2018.

Aimee Barciauskas, Data Engineer, Development Seed

Aimee Barciauskas is a data engineer at Development Seed where she is working on Cumulus – an application to move NASA’s earth science data to the cloud. Aimee is also a chapter lead of DataKind DC where she is working with OpenAQ to reduce air inequality. When Aimee’s not on her laptop, she is probably at the climbing gym.

What are you most proud of from the past year: It was difficult to leave Nava PBC, which has an amazing mission and team, but I was proud to make this decision to move on to Development Seed which was a better fit for my interests in data engineering – here I am very proud to be advancing earth science research in collaboration with NASA. At Nava PBC, I was most proud of the work I did to advance analytics for the Quality Payments Program. I am also pre-emptively proud of the work I am doing with OpenAQ in collaboration with DataKind DC volunteers.

Links: Website, Twitter

Tara Brosnan, National Data Director, Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

Tara Brosnan is the national Data Director at the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, which is committed to recruiting, training, and supporting local Democrats running for state legislative office across the country. Prior to her role at the DLCC, she was the 2016 coordinated data director in Nevada where Democrats flipped control of both legislative chambers, two congressional districts, and elected Catherine Cortez Masto to the US Senate. Tara is passionate about helping campaigns and organizations make data-driven decisions, her two cats, and all things true crime.

What are you most proud of from the past year: Spearheading the data collection and analysis effort which led to the defeat of attempts to recall three female state senators in Nevada, maintaining Democratic control in the chamber.

Links: Twitter

Anna Cooper, Director of Data and Information Systems, Communications Workers of America

Anna Cooper started 2018 as the first Director of Data and Information Systems at the Communications Workers of America, an international labor union representing 700,000 members where she works to integrate technical tools and leverage member data to support strategic decision making at all levels. Before working in the Labor movement where she’s pursued survey research, predictive model construction, and randomized controlled experiments, Anna served as the Associate Director of Technology and Operations for Presdential Personnel at the White House under President Obama following several electoral campaigns in data roles and field organizing in rural areas. She has also served as a member of the Crack the Code organizing committee, an event for women who work in progressive data, analytics, and technology.

What are you most proud of from the past year: Being the first person (and woman) to be the Data Director for CWA and the series of “firsts” of data projects I’ve been able to pursue since including setting up our first postgres database and hiring more data specialists. Independently running a GOTV mail experiment for two mayoral races in Minnesota in an attempt to replicate prior research. Also being an organizing member of the second Crack the Code event featuring over 80 participants and speakers.

Chantilly Jaggernauth, Senior Data Analyst, Comcast and Founder & CEO, Millennials and Data

Chantilly Jaggernauth’s mission is to empower organizations and individuals through the use of data visualizations and data analytics. Currently, she is employed as a Senior Data Analyst at Comcast and is the Founder and CEO of the non-profit organization Millennials and Data. During her free time Chantilly is a data analytics and visualization consultant, trainer and an active member in the data community.

What are you most proud of from the past year: Earlier this year (2018) Chantilly officially launched Millennials and Data. #MAD (Millennials and Data) is a non-profit organization dedicated to bridging the data literacy and analytical skills gap by training, mentoring and preparing millennials to enter a data-driven global environment. The first 16 week Think Like an Analyst Program begins this fall at Howard University.

Links: Website, Twitter

Julie Kanzler, Program Manager, Data APIs and Systems, DC Office of the CTO

Julie works for the DC Office of the CTO, where she leads a team of data-centric developers and systems analysts that supports and builds with Open Data DC. She has 20 years of experience in data, with the latter half in public service. As an advocate for civic engagement around tech, Julie is also a member of the DC Open Government Advisory Group.

What are you most proud of from the past year: Modernizing and Humanizing government data!

Links: Website, Twitter

Sarah LaRocca, Senior Data Scientist, The Messina Group

Sarah is currently a senior data scientist at The Messina Group, a DC-based consulting firm operating in the political and corporate spheres. In 2016, she spent five months as a data scientist on the analytics team at Hillary for America in Brooklyn and prior to that she worked in the Predictive Analytics Center of Excellence at Zurich North America in Chicago. Sarah has a PhD in Environmental Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University; her research was centered on modeling risk and reliability in critical infrastructure networks.

Links: Website, Twitter

Brittany Mayes, Associate News Apps Developer, National Public Radio

Brittany Mayes is a maker of graphics, analyzer of data and coder of news applications at NPR. She’s passionate about making journalism and tech more accessible to women and people of color.

What are you most proud of from the past year: I’m most proud of the work I’ve been doing around the NPR Visuals team’s internship program. It’s included researching fair hiring practices, implementing more structured processes and bringing this conversation to the wider journalism community.

Links: Website, Twitter

Priyanka Oberoi, Data Scientist, Deep Learning Analytics

Pri Oberoi works on computer vision, machine translation and style transfer at Deep Learning Analytics. Pri has worked in data science across private, public and non profit industries in the DC area over the past nine years. Throughout her career she has found ways to make tech a more welcoming space for queer folks, women of color and other underrepresented groups. Outside of work, Pri is the Director of Data for the Friends of Ashwani Jain campaign in Montgomery County, Maryland.

What are you most proud of from the past year: I have developed multiple methods to make the training process for deep learning models more interpretable and to help build intuition on what happens during training. Additionally, I am proud to work on a campaign for a young, progressive, person of color running for office in Montgomery County, MD.

Links: Website, Twitter

Kathy Qian, Data Scientist & Innovation Policy Consultant, World Bank

Kathy is a data scientist working with the World Bank on innovation policy. She is the co-founder of Code for Democracy, a civic technology lab, and the founder of Tickermachine, an algorithmic trading firm. Kathy also has experience consulting on civil rights litigation with the ACLU and designing analytics experiments for Fortune 500 companies at Applied Predictive Technologies.

What are you most proud of from the past year: This has been a busy year for me! I’m very excited about the work we’re doing at the World Bank on increasing the effectiveness of acceleration and mentorship on startups in emerging economies as well as mapping trends in disruptive technologies. At the same time, I’m hopeful that my work with the ACLU will improve policing practices for hundreds of thousands of minorities residing in Milwaukee, and we’re seeing a clear pathway to impact in the 2018 midterm elections for our Code for Democracy projects.

Links: Website

Eva Reid, Senior GIS Analyst, DC Government, Office of the Chief Technology Officer

Eva Reid is a Senior GIS Analyst and Training Coordinator for the District of Columbia Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO). She has more than 20 years of experience in information technology, training and project management. Eva is noted for the caliber and creativity of her work as a technical workshop presenter and facilitator in professional, corporate and government settings.

What are you most proud of from the past year: 1) Co-leading training for District teachers on geospatial inquiry and geospatial technology
2) Building community for women in tech

Mandi Traud, Founder and Consultant, Marvelous Modeling, LLC

After defending her PhD in Biomathematics, Mandi Traud worked as a data scientist for a government contracting firm, a cyber security firm, and a health analytics firm before starting her own firm. Mandi spends much of her free time volunteering in the data science community first by starting and continuing to organize Women Data Scientists DC and then by becoming the 2017 president of Data Community DC.

What are you most proud of from the past year: I was finally brave enough to start my own data science firm focusing on social good.

Links: Website, Twitter

Joy Whitt, Economic Intelligence Analyst and Developer, Offices of the DMPED and the CTO

Joy Whitt is an Economic Intelligence Analyst at the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED). She works on visualization & analysis projects utilizing real estate, affordable housing, and business development data. She also organizes civic Hackathons on behalf of the Mayor’s office and with various tech inclusive groups like Tech Lady Hackathon in Washington, DC.

In 2015, Joy transitioned into a career in tech by learning to code with organizations and individuals committed to teaching coding and programming to women and people of color.

What are you most proud of from the past year: In the past 12 months, I’ve organized five inclusive, beginner-friendly hackathons and civic tech days.

Links: Website, Twitter

Judy Yang, Economist, World Bank

Judy is an Economist at the World Bank working on issues of poverty and inequality. She is also involved in DC’s data community and a member of DataKind DC Chapter’s Leadership Team.

What are you most proud of from the past year: Really proud of the American Red Corps Data Corps that just started and all the great talent that is working on Phase 2 of the project.




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