For nearly twenty years, I’ve modeled data, munged data, designed data warehouses, and created data-driven applications. Though a technologist by occupation, I don’t measure success by number of commits or terabytes analyzed. Rather, success is making data useful to people.
Most recently, I was the Director of Data and Technology at National Priorities Project, which was nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. NPP makes the federal budget understandable for grassroots organizers, the media, and regular citizens. In February 2015, I’ll join the federal government and begin work at 18F.
I love technology and what it makes possible. I love the people (and husband) I’ve through blogging. I love Skyping with a dear friend in South Korea and being able to see her daughter grow up. And I’m grateful that my father, whose illness took away much of his vision and the use of his left arm, could use a Kindle to read during the last year of his life. Technology should work for people, and not the other way around.
This is a personal weblog. The opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of my employer. And sometimes I change my mind.