I'm the director of the Finance, Policy, and Data unit in the
Office of the City Controller in Philadelphia. My team works to produce data-driven,
objective analysis of financial policy in the City of Philadelphia and
improve transparency around the City's spending of taxpayer dollars. I am
passionate about data visualization, predictive analytics, and effective
communication of complex ideas to a broad audience. I am a strong supporter of transparency in government,
open-source software, and the open science framework.
I am a recent astrophysics Ph.D. graduate from
UC Berkeley, where I studied the Universe as an NSF Graduate Research
Fellow. My dissertation research focused on cosmology, and in particular, the study of
the large-scale structure of the Universe. One of my most exciting research achievements
involved leading a team that measured
the kinematic Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect
for the first time ever.
I graduated from Princeton in 2011 with a B.A. in astrophysics
and a certificate in the applications of computing.
While not analyzing interesting data sets, I enjoy reading, running long distances,
and watching and playing baseball.