Data Academy Instructors Alumni

Meet our Data Academy instructor alumni. Interested in becoming an instructor? Let us know. See our current instructors.

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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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David Weinzimmer

Data Academy Alumnus

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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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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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.