Data Academy Instructors

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

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Albert Lin

Performance Analyst, Controller's Office

Albert is a Performance Analyst in the City Performance Unit of the Controller’s Office. He has taught Data Academy courses in Excel, Tableau, and Lean 101. Albert has worked on a range of projects that have covered emergency response, affordable housing, capital projects, and benchmarking. He is particularly interested in applying process improvement and data analysis skills to complex issues relating to planning and equity. Before arriving at City Performance, Albert has had a multi-sectoral career in public policy, with stops at the SF Planning Department, SPUR, Deloitte public sector consulting, and the City of Pittsburgh. Albert has a MS in Public Policy and Data Analytics from Carnegie Mellon University, and a BA in Political Economy from UC Berkeley.

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Alice Kassinger

Project Manager, Controller's Office

Alice is a Project Manager in the San Francisco Controller’s Office. In her time with the City Performance Unit, she has worked with over a dozen departments on process improvement, performance measures, and IT implementation. She looks forward to empowering City staff to learn software that can bring transparent public reporting and quality data analysis to local government. She encourages any Data Academy student to reach out when in need of a someone to troubleshoot with or bounce ideas off of! Collaboration and continuous learning is key. Alice has a BA in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Dan Kaplan

Former Data Academy Instructor

Dan joined the City Performance Unit in 2019, where he leverages data to gain insights about the City’s workforce, it’s operations, and the people it serves. Dan is broadly interested in the domains of public finance and labor economics, having worked in these areas across all levels of government. He has used data to analyze local government bonds with S&P Global, advise the Legislature on statewide teacher shortages with the California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO), advise Congress on the effects of low interest rates with the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and conduct systemic discrimination investigations with the US Department of Labor. Dan holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and a BA in Economics from UC Berkeley.

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Emily Lisker

Project Management, Controller's Office

Emily is a Project Manager 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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Emily Vontsolos

Performance Analyst, Controller's Office

Emily Vontsolos is a Performance Analyst in the San Francisco Controller’s Office. With the City Performance Unit, she has worked with several departments to manage, analyze, and visualize their data. In addition to teaching several courses, she helps to administer Data Academy and is passionate about equipping CCSF staff with the tools they need to do their best work. When she’s not analyzing data in R, Emily enjoys admiring artsy data visualizations, reading radical feminist authors, and supporting the work of local SF non-profits.

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Glynis Startz

Performance Analyst, Controller's Office

Glynis is a Performance Analyst in the San Francisco Controller’s Office. She loves data and survey design, and working with others to get them excited as well. Since joining City Performance Glynis has worked on projects across the City, including the biennial City Survey. Prior to joining the Controller’s Office she worked on evaluations of development programs as well as data and performance improvement in government. Glynis has an MA in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a BA in Economics and History from Williams College.

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Jeff Pomrenke

Performance Analyst, Controller’s Office

In the Controller’s Office, Jeff works with a variety of City departments to help promote data visualization and process improvements through software such as Power BI, Tableau, and MS Excel. He learned all of his data skills by taking Data Academy courses since joining the City in 2015 as a City Hall Fellow. Prior to joining the City, Jeff worked in high-level cell phone tower construction and served in the United States Marine Corps for over six years, eventually obtaining the rank of Sergeant. He holds a BA in Political Science and Spanish from the University of North Georgia.

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Marc Hebert

Director, Innovation Office, Human Services Agency

Marc leads the Human Services Agency’s Innovation Office. The Office partners with clients, coworkers, and community partners to improve their experiences across digital and non-digital touchpoints. Marc 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 in International Affairs, and a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Florida.

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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.

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Wendy Lee

Project Manager, Controller's Office

Wendy is a Project Manager in the City Performance Unit who works on projects related to public health and social services. Prior to joining the Controller’s Office team, she was immersed in healthcare data at the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Wendy uses analytic tools like Excel, SQL, and Tableau to build dashboards to support continuous improvement and empower teams to make data-driven decisions. Before joining the City team, Wendy worked in health policy consulting focused on value-based care, behavioral health, performance improvement, and health equity. Wendy enjoys diving headfirst into data and using data as a common language to share lessons and learn from fellow City staff. Wendy has an MPH in Health Systems and Policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and BA in Molecular and Cell Biology and Public Health from UC Berkeley.