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AMY CESAl (Founding member)

Amy Cesal is a graphic designer specializing in data visualization. She holds a master’s degree in Information Visualization from MICA. In 2017, Amy won an Information is Beautiful rising star award and recently won another in the unusual category for her side project DayDohViz. Previously, Amy worked for the federal government as a Technology and Innovation Fellow at the CFPB and at the nonprofit Sunlight Foundation, where she created one of the first data visualization style guides. @amycesal | amycesal.com

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Mollie Pettit (Founding member)

Mollie Pettit wears many hats including that of a data visualization engineer, a data scientist, and an instructor of both fields. Mollie currently works as a freelancer, with recent clients including ACLU-IL, The New Yorker, and Northwestern University. She founded and organizes the Chicago Data Viz Community Meetup. When Mollie is not being a data nerd, she swing dances and listens to educational podcasts. @MollzMP | guacamollie.com

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Elijah Meeks (Founding member)

Elijah Meeks is the author of a technical book on data visualization using the popular JavaScript library: D3, as well as articles about the field and practice of data visualization. His work has included digital humanities projects like ORBIS and Kindred Britain. He develops and maintains an open-source charting library, Semiotic. He currently works as a Senior Data Visualization Engineer at Netflix, where he builds custom data visualization products for analysts and data scientists. @Elijah_Meeks | elijahmeeks.com

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Yvonne Beirne FitzGerald (Facilitator)

Yvonne’s life-long passion is making data speak, actionable and meaningful. This passion was born from her need to translate complex ideas into ideas that connect and motivate. She is a traveling scientist in the New England area of the United States and specializes in the Biological Life Sciences. @YvonFitz

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Alyssa Bell (Facilitator)

Alyssa is passionate about communicating ideas, both big and small. Her work as a Product Manager at Public Health Management Corporation weaves together her skills and interests in process improvement, writing, editing, graphic design, business strategy and the translation of scientific ideas. She enjoys the challenge of making complex concepts accessible to varying audiences, regardless of their needs and backgrounds.

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Jason Forrest (Facilitator)

Jason is a father, musician, data visualization specialist, writer, and designer living in New York City. He's currently with McKinsey & Co. in the People Analytics and Measurement team where he designs anything from dashboards to style guides to chronographics. Jason writes about the intersection of art, culture and data visualization on Medium frequently and is currently lecturing about his research on the data visualizations by W.E.B. Du Bois and others. Somehow in there, he released his latest album “Fear City” in September 2018. @Jasonforrestftw | Jasonforrestftw.com  

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Duncan Geere (Facilitator)

Duncan is a writer, editor and data journalist based in Gothenburg, Sweden. He covers the intersection of science, technology and culture, with a particular interest in environmental issues. Duncan currently works as a senior editor at Information is Beautiful, and in 2018, he was the lead editor on the Exponential Climate Action Roadmap. He loves playing with code, design, art and music. @duncangeere | duncangeere.com

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Julia Krolik (Facilitator)

Julia Krolik is an information designer, data scientist, artist and public speaker based in Canada. Her passion revolves around making research more accessible to the public. She leads Art the Science, a non-profit organization that facilitates artists residencies in science labs. She also leads a creative technology studio called Pixels and Plans, that fuses scientific integrity with engaging design to create impactful communication products. Julia loves working with data, spatial analytics, teaching visual communication workshops and projection mapping light shows at music festivals. @yuliakrolik

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Rafael Lage (Facilitator)

A brazilian developer based in Porto, working with React. He did his master thesis on visualizations of political discussions and developed open source visualization systems for government companies in Brazil like inLoco. Really passionate about D3, he believes that data visualization is the best way to make institutions transparent, while reducing the gap between them and their audience. @rltrafael | linkedin.com/in/rltrafael

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Jovan Lekovic (Facilitator)

Jovan is an independent data visualisation consultant focused on teaching data visualisation and researching dataviz as a form of communication. Prior to that he was the data visualisation lead for the BBC’s Audiences team, developing the in-house Tableau style guide, training the department on visualisation techniques and building internal flagship dashboards. @lekovicj | synthesisbureau.com

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Amanda Makulec (Facilitator)

A data viz designer and teacher with an enthusiasm for human-centered design approaches to visualization. She has a background in public health and worked on data visualization on global health projects for eight years, during which she co-founded the Data Viz for Development community. Currently, she leads data viz teams across sectors as the Data Viz Capability Lead at Excella. Amanda is a big believer that the best solutions are the ones that answer a question or solve a problem, not necessarily the ones that use the shiniest technology, and is interested data ethics, data literacy, and inclusion within the data viz community. @abmakulec | linkedin.com/in/abmakulec

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Iris Morgenstern (Facilitator)

With her background in education and communication and a subsequent career in market research, extracting and conveying insights from data is at the core of her professional identity. Iris has been in love with data visualization for many years and made it her primary focus after a career change in 2017. Today she works at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster and shows M.Ed. students how to be better teachers with data visualizations. @datahobbit

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Noëlle Rakotondravony (Facilitator)

Originally from Madagascar, Noëlle is a PhD student whose research interest lies at the intersection of data visualization, interaction and user study, and cyber security. She is also passionate about diversity in tech and strengthening the representation of minority groups in many aspects of research and tech society. @curiouslemur

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Neil Richards (Facilitator)

Neil is a UK based information designer and data professional with 20 years working as a data processor and survey programmer in Market Research roles, who, four years ago, discovered data visualisation (specifically Tableau) and has never looked back since. He was a Tableau Public Ambassador and Zen Master for 2018 and used this opportunity to speak regularly at conferences and user groups. Neil frequently blogs about (not tool-specific) data visualisation and shares his design methods, thought processes and personal dataviz projects at questionsindataviz.com. @theneilrichards | questionsindataviz.com

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Sergio Sánchez Zavala (Facilitator)

Originally from Tijuana, Baja California, México now based in San Francisco, CA, U.S. where he researches California public policy (economic mobility, migration, higher education). His newest project (tacosdedatos.com) aims to make cutting-edge data visualization research, best practices, and techniques more accessible to the spanish speaking world. hip hop head + economista + python enthusiast. @tacosdedatos | tacosdedatos.com

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Guillermina Sutter Schneider (Facilitator)

Originally from Argentina, Guillermina is a MS in Data Science student at the George Washington University. She moved to the United States in 2015 to pursue a career in public policy at a nonprofit in Washington, DC, where she promotes and pushes forward the ideas of liberty and a free society. She is a python enthusiast and enjoys reading about best practices in data visualization and color theory. She co-authored a data visualization guideline for the non-profit she works at. @gsutters

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Duncan Swain (Facilitator)

Co-founder of Beyond Words Studio in London and Visiting Fellow for DV at University of the Arts London. Previously co-founded Information is Beautiful studio. Ex-newspaper and magazine journalist, ex-BBC Creative Director and Head of UX. I’ve had a long and winding path to data visualization but am happy to be here. @beyond_wrds | beyondwordsstudio.com

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Martin Telefont (Facilitator)

Past Neuroscience Researcher and Data Curator. At Present Leader of a Science, Data, and Analytics team and the Scientific Coordinator of the Human Brain Project. Dataviz late bloomer, who is spending way too much time wrangling d3 in observableqh.com. Proud father of 2 LEGO master builders, humble husband to an amazing wife, and frequently considered curious - but mostly harmless. @martintelefont

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Terence Teo (Facilitator)

An assistant professor of political economy originally from Southeast Asia, Terence teaches game theory, statistics, and data visualization. While the DVS has shown him new and shiny toys, he still believes (for now) that R is the one language to rule them all and does his best to inspire his students to explore the world of data. He is interested in typography, reproducibility, and quantitative literacy.

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Corey Thompson (Facilitator)

Corey is an electrical engineer turned software engineer with a specialty in manufacturing and automation. His software development company, Orange Alligator Solutions, brings the technology and efficiencies of large companies to smaller local businesses, helping them and their communities grow. His visualizations are aimed at incorporating business metrics and community statistics, demonstrating the value and impact of local businesses. OrangeAlligatorSolutions.com

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Alli Torban (Facilitator)

Alli’s background is in Mathematics & Geospatial Intelligence, and she’s spent the past decade working as an analyst, software tester and technical product manager in the D.C.-Metro area. Currently she’s a Data Visualization Designer for a public policy non-profit, and she shares her data viz learnings on her podcast Data Viz Today. @AlliTorban | dataviztoday.com

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