Former DataSF team members

Our work would not be possible without the previous staff and interns who have shaped DataSF.

Previous DataSF staff

The wonderful team members that shaped DataSF's work to date.

  • Blake Valenta. Our first analytics strategist. Helped launch DataScienceSF and helped the city adopt PowerBI.
  • Jason Lally. The City's second Chief Data Officer. Led and guided the team starting in 2018 through 2020.
  • Joy Bonaguro. The City's first Chief Data Officer. Established, grew and guided the team on its initial journey starting in 2014.
  • Kimberly Hicks. Our first data scientist. Kim delivered our first major successes in our DataScienceSF program.
  • Janine Heiser. Our first data engineer. She established the initial data infrastructure for making timely data available on the open data portal.
  • Erica Finkle. Our privacy extraordinaire. Erica laid the groundwork for the ShareSF inititative and is responsible for our Open Data Release toolkit.

Awesome interns

We’ve had the opportunity to work with some amazing people on a short term basis. Their efforts have been key to moving some of our projects forward.

  • Charlie Moffett, Summer 2017. Charlie did the foundation research for what became the Ethics and Algorithm toolkit.
  • Sam Dorward, Fall 2015-Spring 2016. Sam joined us as part of an externship through Bain Consulting and knocked it out of the park conducting analytics work on tax compliance, fire inspections and evictions and created Advanced Excel for Data Academy.
  • Christina Malamut, Summer 2015. Christina joined us to help us research what it would take to improve public records requests in San Francisco, individual access to private data, and data about homelessness.
  • Laura Gerhardt, Spring 2015. Laura joined us as part of completing her Master’s in Public Policy at UC Berkeley. She researched and assessed how to best realize the value in housing inspections data across three City departments.
  • Charlotte Hill, Dan Wilcox, Evgenia Likhovtseva, and Marcelo Milanello, Spring 2015. As part of a client class project, this graduate team at UC Berkeley investigated options for data or technology partnerships with external groups.
  • Erica Finkle, Summer 2014. Erica joined us in Summer 2014 and provided the core research and basis for our project on streamlined internal data sharing. In a few short weeks, she reviewed and summarized the privacy laws facing SF, reviewed best practices in other jurisdictions, and provided a set of recommendations. Her work was put to immediate use and accelerated our learning curve.
  • Peri Weisberg, Summer 2014. Peri joined us in Summer 2014 and hit the ground running by informing the data categories on SF OpenData, helping us identify the best data licensing approach, and surveying metadata practices. Her core project was creating an evaluation framework for our open data program - something that had not been created to date. Most of her work is available on our resources page.
Last updated July 18, 2023