Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Kelly Jin, Chief Analytics Officer

Kelly Jin is the Chief Analytics Officer for the City of New York and Director of the Mayor's Office of Data Analytics (MODA). She brings over a decade of diverse public service and consulting experience to MODA. She pairs a broad range of analytics experience in both the public and private sectors with a deep understanding of policy and strategy for federal, state, and local governments. Prior to the Chief Analytics Officer role, she served as Director at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, where she worked with public servants to identify data-driven investments to support effective state and local government policy making and operations priorities. While helping lead the Foundation's Data-Driven Justice project, she leveraged data and technology to identify more effective, less costly solutions for those frequently involved with local criminal justice and health care systems.

Previously, Kelly worked in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as a policy advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Chief Data Scientist, advising on strategy for local jurisdictions. She also built and co-led the City of Boston’s analytics team and served as Citywide Analytics Manager. Her earlier career included advisory roles in the U.S. General Services Administration, White House Domestic Policy Council, and as a management consultant. Kelly holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Adrienne Schmoeker

Adrienne is the Director of Civic Engagement and Strategy for the Mayor's Office of Data Analytics, where she leads the NYC Open Data initiative's civic engagement strategy. Prior to joining MODA, she worked at the Mayor's Office of Technology & Innovation led by NYC's first-ever Chief Technology Officer in 2015 as a founding team member. She has spent 8+ years leading strategic initiatives across sectors, starting her career in a leadership development program at a Fortune 500 company before moving into the NYC startup space, where she spent 3 years working at Catchafire, a technology-based social enterprise serving nonprofits and corporate social responsibility programs nationwide. Adrienne holds a degree in Public Policy and Economics from the University of Chicago

Craig Campbell

Craig is a Special Advisor at the Mayor's Office of Data Analytics, where he supports a variety of strategic initiatives for the NYC Open Data and NYC Analytics programs. Prior to working in local government, Craig researched trends in municipal data analytics and government technology at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he supported several national policy networks and research programs at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Craig holds a degree in architecture and mathematics from Amherst College.

Deena Patel

Deena is a Data Scientist at the Mayor's Office of Data Analytics. Before joining MODA, she 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. Deena 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.

Faraz Ahmed

Faraz Ahmed is a Data Scientist at the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics. He has experience applying computational tools in the areas of health, criminal justice and open data. Some of his work on data-driven initiatives includes improving response time for ambulances in Punjab (Pakistan), predicting the chances of recidivism for prisoners in Illinois, and analyzing citizens’ reactions towards open data policies in the U.S. Faraz holds an MS in Computational Analysis and Public Policy from the University of Chicago. In his free time, he loves to run, check out art galleries, and listen to 70s pop/rock music.

Mitsue Iwata

Mitsue is a Strategy & Analytics Advisor at the Mayor's Office of Data Analytics, where she engages with agencies across the City in developing common data sharing tools and practices. Before joining MODA, she was a fellow for the Mayor's Office of the City of Chicago, where she worked with their Department of Innovation and Technology and on the city's language access policy. She holds an MS in Computational Analysis and Public Policy from the University of Chicago.

Ryan Zirngibl

Ryan is a Data Scientist at 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, he worked for the FDNY's Analytics Unit, where he was the lead data scientist on Firecast, an algorithm used to predict the incidence of fire in NYC and adjust FDNY inspection resources accordingly. Ryan 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.

Shira Mitchell

Shira Mitchell is a statistician and slow thinker. Prior to joining MODA, she worked at Mathematica Policy Research, building small area (Bayesian) models for federal agencies. Before that, she did her postdoc at Columbia University, working with Andrew Gelman and Jeffrey Sachs to estimate the impact of the Millennium Villages Project. She did her BA and PhD at Harvard University, working with the Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG) to build models to estimate numbers of casualties in armed conflicts.