I live in Brooklyn with my family and work as the VP of Platform Data at Arcadia where we build the digital infrastructure to support the decarbonization and electrification of the energy system. You should check it out or come work with me.
Before getting into the electrons business, I led data teams at three other startups:
- Bowery Farming: joined right after series A as one of the first engineering hires and led range of data function (analytics, machine learning, data & ML engineering) for 4 years. Also had the opportunity to lead the software engineering and product management teams for a year each. I learned how to generalize my role as a leader beyond data, and to really appreciate good arugula.
- Betterment: as first data science hire early in the fintech wave, we figured out how to leverage an unprecedented view into financial decision making to build a more helpful product. I learned how to delivery something useful in a rapidly scaling tech company, and how to much taxes matter in investing.
- Good Judgment LLC: Led a team of graduate students, statisticians, and computer scientists productionalizing psychology and machine learning research for university spinoff competing to forecast geopolitical events for the national intelligence community. I learned that I liked building more than writing, and how CIA tries to make sense of a very complicated world.
I co-founded Locally Optimistic in 2018 with some friends from the NYC-based data leadership happy hour crowd. We wanted to create a space and offer views on doing work and leading teams in the data world. It has grown terrifically into a blog with tons of great contributors and a slack community with 5000+ members.
Before my career in tech startups, I was an academic in the field of Behavioral Economics: the intersection of pyschology and economics. I got my PhD at Carnegie Mellon from the Tepper School of Business studying decision making, negotiation, and wisdom of the crowds forecasting.
I grew up in Richmond, VA which is a great place. I also owe Pittsburgh a long-term debt of gratitude for hosting me for 12 years.
I enjoy building things that seem worth building, public speaking, boats, bikes, getting away from it all, and being right in the middle of it.