Meet the Team

Meet the Director

Dr. Amen Ra Mashariki is the City's Chief Analytics Officer and leads the Mayor's Office of Data Analytics (MODA). Dr. Mashariki is an accomplished leader within government, private sector and academia with experience in bringing Big Data processing and analytics for large and complex data management efforts. He started his professional careers as a software engineer at Motorola working on over-the-air data transmission projects and led a team of user-interface developers to build components of security features for handheld devices. Most recently, Dr. Mashariki served as Chief Technology Officer at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Dr. Mashariki previously worked at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab as a computer scientist and research scientist where he led a team working on data mining and data fusion projects in the bioinformatics domain. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Director of Informatics at the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Research Center and taught computer science courses at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and robotics at Northwestern University.

Dr. Mashariki holds a Doctor of Engineering from Morgan State University, a Master of Science in Computer Science from Howard University, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Lincoln University. Amen is a Brooklyn native and attended Brooklyn Tech High School.

Meet the Team

Max Allen is an Analyst for the Mayor's Office of Data Analytics. Prior to joining MODA, he was an investment banking analyst at Deutsche Bank, where he was involved in the structuring and execution of secured debt transactions for companies in the automotive, transportation, and hospitality sectors. Max is from Atlanta, Georgia and has a BA from Morehouse College. His personal interests include political history and mathematics. He is also a big fan of the Georgia Bulldogs Football Program and watches every game he can.

Lindsay Mollineaux is the City's Deputy Chief Analytics Officer, and the Deputy Director of MODA. Previously, Ms. Mollineaux was the Director of Analytics for the team. Prior to joining MODA, Ms. Mollineaux worked at the International Monetary Fund and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Ms. Mollineaux holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Brown University.

Dr. Deena Patel is an Analyst for the Mayor's Office of Data Analytics. Before joining MODA, Dr. Patel was an energy systems scientist at Argonne National Lab, where she worked on forecasting fossil fuel and greenhouse gas emissions related to transportation. She has worked as a consultant for nonprofits on transportation related analysis and modeling. Prior to that, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the University of Michigan physics department where her primary research was on traffic safety and vehicle fuel efficiency. Dr. Patel received her PhD in theoretical and computational physics from the University of California Santa Barbara. She is also an NYC certified citizen street tree pruner.

Simon Rimmele is an Analyst for the Mayor's Office of Data Analytics. He previously spent several years in the financial sector, focusing on multi-asset market risk management at McKinsey & Company's Investment Office. He has a BA from Columbia University.

Ryan Zirngibl is an Analyst for the Mayor's Office of Data Analytics. A self-proclaimed data wrangler, Mr. Zirngibl is responsible for using data and information in order to create insight into NYC government operations. Prior to working with MODA, Mr. Zirngibl worked for the FDNY's Analytics Unit, where he was the lead data scientist on the Firecast project: an algorithm used to predict the incidence of Fire in NYC and adjust FDNY inspection resources accordingly. Mr. Zirngibl is a third generation public servant, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather before him, striving to help city government better serve the residents of New York.