Panel, Session #3: Data Scientists Getting In On Social Impact
(4:00 - 4:50 PM, Room 905/907)

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Adrienne Schoemeker

Director, Civic Engagement & Strategy, NYC Mayor's Office of Data Analytics

Adrienne has spent 8+ years leading strategic initiatives across multiple sectors. She started 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 and Benefit Corporation. At Catchafire she led campaigns to expand the company’s services to new markets and led client services for the company’s new enterprise business. Passionate about leveraging innovations to bring about systemic change she joined the Mayor's Office of Technology & Innovation founded in 2014 by the de Blasio Administration and led by NYC's first-ever Chief Technology Officer. There she designed and led open innovation projects with City Agencies such as the Parks Department, Housing Authority, Administration for Children's Services and Mayor's Office. After two years she transitioned to the Mayor's Office of Data Analytics to lead the NYC Open Data initiative's civic engagement strategy. Adrienne holds a degree in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago.

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Andrew Brooks

 Data Scientist, Capital One

Andrew is a Data Scientist at Capital One with the Card Customer Experience group.  He's currently focused on leveraging speech recognition and NLP to improve operations and customer experiences.  His interests lie in the continuum between modeling and writing code to deploy machine learning pipelines and systems into production.  Previously Andrew was a Data Scientist at Elder Research consulting in domains spanning government, fraud, housing, tech and film.  Before Andrew discovered machine learning, he was an aspiring Economist at the Federal Reserve Board forecasting macro trends in Emerging Markets.  Andrew is a volunteer and former chapter leader of DataKind DC, an organization dedicated to solving high impact social problems using data and analytics.  He has led projects with the Red Cross, Kiva and Global Financial Integrity with large teams of volunteers to produce actionable data products and insights.  In his free time, Andrew blogs and is active in the DC data science community.  Andrew holds a MS in Mathematics and Statistics from Georgetown University and BS & BA in Economics and International Studies from American University.

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Saška Mojsilović

IBM Fellow, IBM Research AI

Aleksandra (Saška) Mojsilović is an IBM Fellow and scientist at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York. She received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia in 1997. She was a Member of Technical Staff at the Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey (1998-2000), and then joined IBM Research, where she currently leads AI Foundations department. Saška is a founder and co-director of the IBM Science for Social Good program. Over the last 20 years, Saška has applied her skills to problems in computer vision, healthcare, multimedia, finance, HR, public affairs and economics. Saška is the author of over 100 publications and holds 16 patents. Her work has been recognized with several awards including IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award, INFORMS Wagner Prize, IBM Extraordinary Accomplishment Award, IBM Gerstner Prize, and Best Paper awards at ECCV and SOLI conferences. She is an IEEE Fellow and a member of INFORMS and SWE.