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). Before New York, Kelly served as Director at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. She previously served as policy advisor at the White House to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer, and built and co-led Boston’s analytics team. Her earlier career included advisory roles in the White House Domestic Policy Council, General Services Administration, and as a management consultant assisting governments with strategic planning. Kelly holds a degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Zachary Feder

Zachary manages the NYC Open Data Program at MODA. Prior to joining the team, Zachary spent more than a decade at NYC Parks, where he held roles in operations, analytics, communications, and project management. During his time at Parks, Zachary led media relations for the boroughs of Queens and the Bronx, and shepherded projects to improve the tracking and analysis of park cleaning and maintenance. Most recently, he helped to build Parks’ innovation team and establish its open data program. Zachary is a graduate of the University of Rochester with a degree in political science.

Steve Grimes

Steve is the Assistant Director of Data Analytics at the Mayor's Office of Data Analytics, where he provides hands-on analytics project direction and oversees MODA's team of data scientists. Previously, Steve was the Director of Development Analytics and Strategy at Jazz at Lincoln Center, where he oversaw all reporting and analysis needs for senior leadership to help drive decision making around fundraising activities. he holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from SUNY at Old Westbury, a master's degree in sociology from St. John's University, a second master's degree in media studies from CUNY at Brooklyn College, and was a doctoral fellow at Rutgers University.

Cynthia Nicklin

Cindy is the Data Operations Manager for MODA, leading the office's efforts to improve data infrastructure, integration, and sharing for analytics projects at MODA and citywide. She is a digital librarian, who enjoys connecting people with the data that they need when they need it. Before joining MODA, Cindy implemented a Data Governance program at NYC Department of Buildings, and worked on the Content Management team at NYC 311. She holds a Masters in Library Science from Queens College.

Oliver Bjornsson

Oliver is a Policy Analyst at the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics, where he supports MODA operations and strategic projects through policy-oriented research and analysis. Before coming to MODA, Oliver worked on the communications team of the City of Austin’s Corridor Program Office, which was tasked with the delivery of a $500 million multimodal infrastructure package. Oliver is an Icelandic-Canadian who holds a Masters in Public Affairs from the LBJ School at University of Texas at Austin.

Malgorzata Rejniak

Malgorzata Rejniak is a Project Manager at the Mayor's Office of Data Analytics, where she works to advance a portfolio of MODA’s analytics projects and supports a variety of strategic initiatives for NYC Open Data. Prior to joining MODA, Malgorzata completed her MPA degree in Urban and Social Policy from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. In between her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Malgorzata worked as a management and economic consultant for four years and served a variety of clients in the technology, telecommunications, and media industries. Malgorzata holds a BA in Economics and International Studies from Yale University. 

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.

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.

Yulia Zamriy

Yulia is a Data Scientist at the Mayor's Office of Data Analytics. She joined MODA after working for more than 10 years in consulting and advertising research, where her work focused on analyzing the effectiveness of marketing budgets for large advertisers. She also worked for a digital agency in a consumer insights group were she was responsible for the implementation of multi-touch attribution and a data management platform to optimize digital campaign spending. Yulia holds a Masters degree in Information and Data Science from UC Berkeley. As part of her Masters program, Yulia worked on projects ranging from wildfire prevention in California to Congressional speech analysis by gender and ethnicity. In her spare time, she enjoys lifting heavy weights and analyzing powerlifting data.

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.