Carey Anne Nadeau, Founder and CEO

Hometown? Cromwell, Connecticut

Education? B.S. from George Washington in Political Science with a focus on Public Policy. M.A in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Vice President of the United States. I think data will become transformative to democracy. The way we do things right now is largely an absence of data in informing decisions. In my mind, we can do better.

Why did you found Open Data Nation? I saw cities publishing vast amounts of data and creating maps and dashboards that didn’t help them answer the questions that they were asking. I know that data could help inform and participate in the conversation. Unfortunately, despite publishing data, most cities don’t have the technical expertise or awareness of data science. But I do, so I figured out how to make a business out of the idea for the future I see.

Daniel Wossenu, Data Scientist

Hometown? Lake Worth, Borden Beach Florida

Education? University of Florida B.S. in Chemical Engineering and M.A from Georgia Tech

What was your first job? Continuous Improvement Engineer for Kraft and Kraft Heinz. We made Jello, Crystalline, and lots of dry packs in that facility. My job was how to make these better, faster, safer, and cheaper.

What do you like best about working with Open Data Nation? Working with the cities, seeing a side of city management I haven’t seen before and stages of data collection and data openness that different cities are at is eye opening. 

Jiayi Yang, Data Scientist

Hometown? Beijing, China

Education? China Agricultural University and University of Denver for B.A. in Economics and Mathematics minor, George Washington University for M.S. in Data Science

What do you like best about working with Open Data Nation? The best thing is that these projects can really help people. FIVAR has already been doing its work. Vision Zero can help all over the country.

Shannon McConnell, UX/UI Consultant

Hometown? Rural Minnesota

Education? B.A. from American University in International Service and User Experience Design with General Assembly

What do you want to be when you grow up? Director of a design studio, that facilitates thinking creatively of how to solve problems with technology

What inspires you? Making people’s lives easier, technology has so much potential to do good. With creativity, we can do so much to make people’s lives easier and safer.

What value does user design add to a company/start-up? For example, we’ve all seen a website that is not easy to use. User research is a short cut. From the beginning you understand your user and you can make the right product.

Jeremy Castle, Real Estate Consultant

Hometown? Rural Troy, Pennsylvania

Education? B.S. from Penn State University, M.A. in Economics from University of Maryland

What’s your strangest sport? When I was younger, I shot American trap competitively, those orange clay disk. I was a 2- time All American and went to the Olympic training center to compete.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I still am asking kids that question because I’m looking for ideas. I want to be in a position to give back to charity with my time or income, so I want to be a philanthropist.

What vision do you see happening in the project you are working on now? It’s hard to say because the sector moves so fast. I believe the sharing economy is an interesting direction in how we can use data to better regulate and better anticipate the needs of the new generation.

Zhi Lin, Data Science Consultant

Hometown? Near Shanghai, China

Education? B.S. in Economics in China. M.A from George Washington Masters in Statistics

Where was the most memorable place you’ve traveled? Tunisia. It was the first time I traveled abroad. I was very young and didn’t speak English well. I didn’t know how to cook, lived with 10 foreigners for 2months, and was very lost in the beginning. But people were nice and fun. The experience inspired me to study abroad, meet people, and see different cultures.

What do you like best about working with Open Data Nation? Carey Anne. She really thinks about other people’s point of view. On our very first interview, she asked me, “What do you want to learn from me?”

Trixia Apiado, Business Development

Hometown? Manila, Philippines and small-town Kettering. Ohio

Education? Currently working on a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University

What do you want to be when you grow up? A diplomat for the United States of America. My family immigrated to Ohio 11 years ago. I had to earn the privilege of being an American so I want to give forward and represent the United States around the world.

What do you like best about working with Open Data Nation? Most of my experience thus far has been inside a classroom. With Open Data Nation, I was working in the real world and learning how cities work. Ultimately, I love that I work with such an interesting group of people who all have amazing experiences both personally and professionally.