Data Academy Instructors

Meet the crew that brings you Data Academy training throughout the year. Interested in becoming an instructor? Let us know.

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Anne Jenkins

Lead Performance Analyst, SF Public Works

Anne enjoys wrestling with data to find stories and feed improvement.  Anne works for San Francisco Public Works, where she supports PublicWorksStat and other efforts to deliver great services well.  Previously, she spent 10+ years in the Controller’s office developing and managing the performance measurement and the City Survey programs.  Anne works extensively with Tableau and Excel, and she has taught Tableau Intermediate I and II.  She loves sharing her data discoveries and continuing to learn and build the quality of analysis in the City.  Anne has a Master of Public Policy degree from UC Berkeley, and a BA in Economics from Yale. 

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Ashley Groffenberger

Data Academy Alumnus

Ashley developed her love and appreciation for Excel while working in the state budget writing committees in the Massachusetts state legislature. Even as an instructor, she is still learning new Excel skills every day, and hopes to master Tableau in the near future. Beyond Data Academy, Ashley is an analyst in Mayor’s Budget Office, and provides fiscal support and analysis to a broad portfolio of City departments.  Ashley has a BA in Political Science from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

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Bridgette Lery

Human Services Agency

Bridgette Lery, MSW, PhD leads research and evaluation for the San Francisco Human Services Agency. She uses administrative data to plan, implement, and understand the effects of child welfare and other human service interventions using a continuous quality improvement approach. Much of that work includes using linked data such as child welfare, homelessness, juvenile probation, mental health, and the U.S. Census. Some current projects include, (1) an ACF-funded randomized controlled trial of housing and intensive services to homeless, child welfare involved families, (2) implementation and evaluation of Project 500, a cross-system, two-generation anti-poverty program, (3) local planning and evaluation of interventions implemented under California’s Title IV-E Waiver Demonstration, and (3) co-leading an ACF-funded university partnership grant to train MSW students in the use of evidence for better decision making. Bridgette holds a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare, an MSW from Columbia University, and a BA in psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

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Catherine Omalev

Performance Analyst, Controller's Office

Catherine has worked in a variety of public sector contexts: in the non-profit world with the Citizen’s Planning Association of Santa Barbara, in State government at the California Legislative Analyst’s Office working on state budget analysis, and at the Federal level working on sustainability in HUD-funded housing at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Since joining the Controller’s Office, Catherine has been involved in a variety of projects, and she is particularly proud of the work she has done with the San Francisco Business Portal Team in improving the business permitting processes required for opening a new restaurant in San Francisco. She is eager to see how process improvement can be integrated throughout the City. Catherine has an MA in Public Policy from the Sol Price School of Public Policy at University of Southern California.

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Celeste Berg

Performance Analyst, Controller's Office

Celeste is one of the very first Data Academy instructors.  She and Faran Sikandar developed content for and delivered the initial Introduction to Tableau workshop in January 2014. Since then, she has taught numerous courses and co-developed the content for a How to Be Productive in Excel and Tableau Intermediate I and II. Celeste has worked on a variety of projects during her time at the Controller’s Office, including: the Citywide Performance Program, 2015 City Survey, a supportive housing review for Human Services Agency, and a security and custodial services assessment for the Public Library. Celeste has a BA in Economics from Williams College in Massachusetts.

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David Weinzimmer

Performance Analyst, Controller's Office

David’s background is in data analysis, transportation planning, and engineering. After working in economic consulting, David pursued his graduate studies in transportation, and has worked on data analysis in transportation at university research centers, in consulting, and in the public sector in San Francisco and New York City. While he will always be particularly fond of using data analysis to improve transit travel time and reliability, he’s excited to be an instructor with Data Academy and help all departments uncover answers to their questions more efficient and effective data analysis. David has a Master of City Planning and MS Transportation Engineering from UC Berkeley, and BAs in Economics and French, also from UC Berkeley. (Go bears!) 

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Debra Solomon

Director of Contract Compliance, Department of Public Health

Debra Solomon is the Director of Contract Compliance for the San Francisco Department of Public Health.  Together, she and her group have responsibility for monitoring the compliance, performance, and fiscal health of more than 350 contracts and public health programs. Previously, Debra was a Budget Analyst and Contracts Manager at the San Francisco Human Services Agency. She also has many years of experience in program evaluation and nonprofit management, with a special focus on using research and data to improve services and outcomes for the Bay Area’s most vulnerable populations.  She received a bachelor’s degree in History from Stanford University and a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Emily Lisker

Performance Analyst, Controller's Office

Emily is a Performance Analyst at the City Performance Unit who works with the Department of Public Health to promote the use of data to improve healthcare operations and maximize efficiencies. After five years of consulting, data analysis, and research across the public and private sectors, she knows the value of wrangling data and telling stories that make good decisions easy. She enjoys sharing her passion for data and visualization to propel the city’s data-driven workforce. Emily has an MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and a BS in Environmental Toxicology from UC Davis. 

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Eric Pawlowsky

Planning & Performance Analyst, Recreation & Parks Department

Eric Pawlowsky is a Planning & Performance analyst with the Recreation & Parks Department’s strategic planning unit where he’s responsible for performance measurement, data analysis, and organizational planning and development. Prior to that he worked as a legislative aide with the County of San Mateo where he analyzed and developed public policy. He earned his MPP from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, his Bachelor’s degree in economics from Santa Clara University, and his Open-Water Coxswain Certification from the Bay Area Whaleboat Rowing Association.

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Inger Brinck

Data Academy Alumnus

Inger joined the City in May 2014 after 13 years in the non-profit sector. Inger served as Operations Manager for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation working on cloud-server migration, systems change and process improvement. As Director of Programs for the Women’s Foundation of California, she led a team of six smart do-gooders who pursued social justice for low-income Californians through grantmaking, public policy, and technical assistance and training. At the Advancement Project, she developed a new program that analyzed local, state and federal government spending to support policy and systems change. In all of her work, she enjoys improving processes, increasing efficiency and effectiveness, and helping people feel better about their work. She has an MA in Economics from Claremont Graduate University, which included coursework at the Drucker and Ito School of Management, and a BA in Women’s Studies from Mary Washington College. She has special training in business process improvement, strengths-based management and non-profit and government finance.

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Jackie Tsou

Asset Manager

Jackie is an Asset Manager at the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) where she oversees a portfolio of affordable multi-family rental developments financed by MOHCD. She is a big fan of Excel and enjoys using it to make tools to automate work and increase efficiency. Jackie has taken several Data Academy courses and is very excited to share her love for Excel with fellow City colleagues as a Data Academy instructor. She has a MA in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley and enjoys cooking, farmers’ markets, animals, and spending time with friends.

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Jason Lally

Open Data Program Manager

Jason Lally is the Open Data Program Manager, working  with the City’s Chief Data Officer, Joy Bonaguro, to help operationalize the City’s open data strategy. Jason comes to the City by way of a Mayor’s Innovation Fellowship that wrapped up in August 2014. Before that, he worked at the intersection of technology and urban planning as Director of the Decision Lab at PlaceMatters in Denver, CO. He came to open government and open data through his work in cities and regions across the country on data-informed, community planning processes. Recognizing a need for more robust information services and platforms to support strong community engagement, Jason is pleased to contribute to making data more accessible and useful at the City. Jason earned his Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Jessie Rubin

Project Manager, Controller's Office

Jessie loves watching Data Academy students get excited about using analytical tools to improve the efficiency of department operations and the efficacy of City services.  She uses Tableau, Excel, and Access on a daily basis while working on projects that serve to benefit a wide array of City service areas, such as public safety, public health, and recreation.  Prior to joining the Controller’s Office, Jessie worked for the City’s Office of the Public Defender as a paralegal.  She also spent three years working with nonprofits in Central America – as an organizational development consultant in Panama and a Fulbright Scholar in Nicaragua.  She has an MA in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and a BA in Government from Smith College.  She is also certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP).

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Joe Lapka

Project Manager, Controller's Office

Joe’s work in the Controller’s Office spans a broad range of subject areas including public transportation, public safety, public health, workers’ compensation, and human resources management.  He holds a master’s degree in public administration from San Francisco State University, a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from The University of Michigan and a professional certification in geographic information systems from San Francisco State University.

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Joy Bonaguro

Chief Data Officer

Joy Bonaguro is the first Chief Data Officer for the City and County of San Francisco, where she manages DataSF. Joy has spent more than a decade working at the nexus of public policy, data, and technology. She worked from the birth of the open data and open government field, spending seven years designing and managing the development of information systems to support planning and decision-making at the Greater New Orleans Community Data. Prior to joining the City, Joy worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to help develop technology, cyber and privacy policy working closely with both the National Lab CIO Council and the Department of Energy Information Management Advisory Group. Joy earned her Masters from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, where she focused on IT policy.

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Kyra Sikora

Performance Analyst, Controller's Office

Kyra works on a wide variety of process improvement, public health, and social service projects in the City Performance Unit. In addition to developing Tableau dashboards and analyzing business processes, Kyra coaches and trains City employees to improve their daily work as a member of the City Performance Lean Team. Modeled after the city of Denver’s Peak Academy, the Lean Team partners with city departments to introduce a systematic approach to process improvement. Kyra is a firm believer in the Lean-inspired idea that continuous improvement and small, incremental changes to processes can result in greater efficiency and happier city employees. Kyra teaches the Data Academy’s “Lean 101 – One day to better government” and process mapping courses. Kyra has a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Luke Fuller

Performance Analyst, Controller's Office

Luke loves getting people excited to learn. He uses programs like Tableau and Power BI to make data come to life, helping people see and understand the impact of their work, find opportunities to try new ideas, and communicate with the public about how their government is doing. Since 2015 he has partnered with teams at nearly a dozen departments to help them improve their service designs, policies, and use of data. Luke worked with a variety of nonprofits and service groups before joining the City, including the Urban Institute where he conducted research on local governance and service outcomes, and the social impact strategy firm Mission Measurement where he helped clients improve their management and performance of global development programs. He started his career with the City as an intern in 2007 and a City Hall Fellow in 2010-11. He holds an M.A. in International Development Studies from George Washington University and a B.S. in Political Science from Santa Clara University, with special training in business process improvement, nonprofit management, performance measurement and organizational learning.

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Marc Hebert

Design Anthropologist, Human Services Agency

Marc gets to manage the Human Service Agency’s Innovation Office with the aim of improving how clients and employees experience service delivery. He trains and leads teams of coworkers to use service design to reduce or remove the pain-points that they, clients and community partners experience. His practice of service design continually evolves by blending Human-Centered Design, user experience and social science research, visual facilitation, design strategy, Lean Process Improvement, and Results-Based Accountability. He learns much from those working in this space both domestically and internationally. Marc is also championing the Agency’s emergent digital strategy to better its website design and content. He is a former Code for America fellow, and holds a PhD in Applied Anthropology from the University of South Florida, an MA from American University that focused on International Economic Policy and a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Florida.

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Ryan Hunter

Project Manager, Controller's Office

Ryan works on a diverse array of projects for the City Performance Unit of the Controller’s Office, helping departments across the City use data and smart practices to provide excellent services to the people of San Francisco. Before joining the City of San Francisco, Ryan worked in performance measurement and policy analysis for University Health Services at UC Berkeley and the Oakland city administrator’s office. Ryan earned his MA in Public Policy from the Goldman School at UC Berkeley in 2011, adding to a previous MA in Sociology from Stanford. Ryan recently earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, and he loves giving people tools to solve difficult problems.

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Sam Abbott

Data Academy Alumnus

Sam joined the City in August 2015 after working for three years at Urban Partnership Bank, a Chicago-based community development bank serving low to moderate-income communities by providing capital and financial services to spur economic development.  While at the bank, Sam developed his Excel skills as a financial analyst and continues to put them to work in City Performance.  Since joining the City, Sam has worked on projects such as creating online Tableau dashboards for park scores and enhancing Data Academy!  Sam graduated with honors from the University of Chicago in 2012, where he received a BA in Public Policy and a minor in Spanish.  He is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and enjoys watching documentaries and playing basketball.

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Samuel Thomas

Performance Analyst, Controller's Office

Samuel is a performance analyst in the San Francisco Controller’s Office, City Performance Unit. His work spans across subject matter areas and City departments, and is primarily project management and quantitatively focused. He has helped to release the San Francisco Performance Scorecards website, improve operations in the Assessor’s Office, and publish the first-ever citywide benchmarking report. He recently played a key role in coordinating with over 35 departments to launch a new PeopleSoft financial and procurement system, the City’s largest ever IT acquisition. He enjoys the outdoors and birding. BA, Columbia University in the City of New York; MSPPM, Carnegie Mellon University.

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Sherman Luk

Project Manager, Controller's Office

Sherman oversees the formation and expansion of the Data Academy and manages a portfolio of technology projects for the City Performance Unit of the Controller’s Office. His expertise is in technology consulting and new product development. He has taught courses for UC Berkeley Extension and developed corporate training for technology users.  Sherman has an MA in City Planning from UC Berkeley and an MS in Management Science from Stanford University. He is professionally certified in Business Intelligence, Business Analysis, and Project Management.