Socrata Presents

Lead with data

Join us March 6-8, 2017 at the Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center, Washington, DC

Register Today

My video

It’s Time to Lead with Data

These are dynamic times that require thoughtful, informed decision-making. As a member of the government, how can you best approach the decisions that face you? Data can provide a foundation that lets you, your peers, and citizens see the issues more clearly and move forward on them together. It’s time to make great decisions. It’s time to lead with data.

Register Today

Featured Speakers

Julie Steenson

Deputy Performance Officer, Kansas City, Missouri

Julie Steenson

Deputy Performance Officer, Kansas City, Missouri

Julie Steenson serves as Deputy Performance Officer for the City of Kansas City, Missouri and has worked for KC since 2006. She oversees performance improvement efforts and assists with city data analytics projects, which allows her to thoughtfully use data coming from Kansas City’s citizen survey, 311 call center metrics and department key performance indicators to positively impact the delivery of city services. She received a Bachelors degree in International Studies from the University of Evansville and a Masters in Public Affairs from Indiana University. She is also certified in Lean Process Improvement.  Julie is a huge fan of telling stories with data and loves a good data visualization.

Teresa Carlson

Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services

Teresa Carlson

Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services

Teresa Carlson leads the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Worldwide Public Sector business, which includes state, local, central and regional governments; educational institutions and Ed Techs, and non-profits and non-governmental organizations (NGO), and acts as an advisor to Amazon Public Policy on global policy issues. Since starting AWS’s public sector business in 2010, Carlson has driven the business’ growth, which today accounts for over 2,300 government, 7,000 education, and 22,000 nonprofit/nongovernmental organization customers, and a vast partner ecosystem across all geographies.

Prior to joining AWS, Carlson served as Vice President of Microsoft Federal Government, where she was responsible for defining the strategy for the company’s US Federal Government business. Before moving into technology, Carlson worked in health care, as a practitioner and consultant initially, then as a business manager and area vice president, responsible for national accounts, marketing, and business development.

Carlson dedicates much of her time to philanthropic and leadership roles to support her global community. This includes service as the Board Chairman of the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region, Board member of Visitors for Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), the USO of Metropolitan Washington Board of Directors, the Veteran Administration (VA) Advisory Committee, Princeton University’s Infrastructure Board, among others. Carlson has received many honors over the years, including being named as one of Business Insider’s Most Important People in Cloud Computing, and listed as one of the Washingtonian’s 100 Most Powerful Women and 100 Top Tech Leaders.

Carlson earned her undergraduate and Masters of Science degrees in Communications and Speech and Language Pathology from Western Kentucky University.

Merav Yuravlivker

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Data Society

Merav Yuravlivker

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Data Society

Merav Yuravlivker is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Data Society. She has over 10 years of experience in instructional design, training, and teaching. Merav has helped bring new insights to businesses and move their organizations forward through implementing data analytics strategies and training. Merav manages all product development and instructional design for Data Society and heads all consulting projects related to the education sector. She is passionate about increasing data science knowledge from the executive level to the analyst level.

Dmitri Adler

Chief Data Scientist, Data Society

Dmitri Adler

Chief Data Scientist, Data Society

Dmitri Adler is the Chief Data Scientist of Data Society. He has a deep background in machine learning and predictive analytics, and has worked with many businesses and government agencies to help them find predictive insights in their data. Dmitri is a former J.P. Morgan investment banker and hedge fund analyst who used data to improve investment outcomes. Dmitri is the co-author of Data Society's curriculum and leads all of Data Society's consulting engagements.

Justin Bruce

Director of Innovation and Performance, City of Jackson, MS

Justin Bruce

Director of Innovation and Performance, City of Jackson, MS

Justin C. Bruce is an innovative, creative leader with years of experience in the areas of private sector management, self and professional development coaching, leadership development, business marketing, business management, organizational and personal communication training, and life skills development. Mr. Bruce currently serves as the Director of Innovation and Performance for the City of Jackson. He has previously held positions as the senior strategist and executive writer in Mayor Tony T. Yarber’s administration.

Justin is a graduate of Madison Central High School. He continued his education at Jackson State University, double majoring in Political Science and Business Administration. In 2009, Mr. Bruce launched Ivolution, Inc. – a company centered on the premise that every person has the ability to “I-volve.” Essentially, “I-volving” is the belief that all people are capable of self-progression and that our aim in life is to be content but never complacent. Mr. Bruce serves his community and city by utilizing his gifts and talents for the betterment of people. Serving as a transformational leader, visionary strategist, and an empowerment coach, Justin was honored nationally by being selected as a Next Generation Leader in 2015.

Dan Morgan

Chief Data Officer, U.S. Department of Transportation

Dan Morgan

Chief Data Officer, U.S. Department of Transportation

Robyn Mace

Chief Data Officer, City of Nashville

Robyn Mace

Chief Data Officer, City of Nashville

Robyn R. Mace is Metro Nashville and Davidson County Government’s first Chief Data Officer. Dr. Mace loves data, analysis and civic engagement.

She has formerly served as Performance Data Coordinator for the City of Memphis, as Specialist at Michigan State University, and as the first civilian Principal Planner of the Jersey City Police Department. She has also worked with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), as well as NATO’s Center of Excellence-Defense Against Terrorism (COE-DAT).

Robyn has extensive experience delivering technical assistance, education, and training on data and analysis. She has conducted original research on cybercrime, public safety and policing, mediation, green infrastructure, and more.

She completed her doctorate at Rutgers University and Masters and Bachelor degrees are from Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

 

Charlie Catlett

Senior Computer Scientist, U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory

Charlie Catlett

Senior Computer Scientist, U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory

Charlie Catlett is a Senior Computer Scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division and a Senior Fellow at the Argonne / University of Chicago Computation Institute. His current focus areas include cyber security, distributed computing and mobile/embedded computing. From 2007-2011, Catlett served as Argonne’s Chief Information Officer.

Prior to joining Argonne in 2000, Catlett was Chief Technology Officer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). He was part of the original team that established NCSA in 1985 and his early work there included participation on the team that deployed and managed the NSFNet. In the early 1990′s Catlett participated in the DARPA/NSF Gigabit Testbeds Initiative, coordinated by the Corporation for National Research Initiatives.

Catlett was the founding chair of the Global Grid Forum (GGF, now Open Grid Forum) from 1999 through 2004. During this same period he designed and deployed one of the first regional optical networks dedicated to academic and research use – I-WIRE, funded by the State of Illinois.

He has been involved in Grid (distributed) computing since the early 1990s, when he co-authored (with Larry Smarr) a seminal paper “Metacomputing” in the Communications of the ACM, which outlined many of the high-level goals of what is today called Grid computing.

Catlett was also named to the Crain’s Chicago Business Tech 50 list for 2014, an annual list that includes people from research laboratories, academia, industry – from entrepreneurs to techies – those who are “shaping Chicago’s technology digital scene.”

Tom Shack

Comptroller, State of Massachusetts

Tom Shack

Comptroller, State of Massachusetts

On May 20, 2015, Tom Shack was appointed the 18th Comptroller of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Created in 1922, the Comptroller’s office is a uniquely independent and apolitical overseer of more than $60 billion in revenue and expenditure management and six million business transactions annually. In addition, the Comptroller oversees the Commonwealth’s major audit functions ensuring security, transparency, accountability, and service delivery across all branches of state government.

Comptroller Shack joined the office in 2012 as Assistant General Counsel and has served in several increasingly senior leadership roles, most recently as Deputy Comptroller of the Commonwealth and Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to joining the Comptroller’s staff, Tom spent eight years as Chief of Operations, Chief Financial Officer, and a Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office where, in addition to his leadership role, he carried a full trial caseload focusing on major felonies and high profile prosecutions before the Supreme Judicial Court.

Tom received his Juris Doctorate from New England School of Law in Boston where he was Editor-in-Chief of the New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement and received the Dean’s Award for meritorious achievement and service to the school. He also holds a B.A. in Political Science and an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship and Management from The American University in Washington, D.C.

In the community Tom lectures extensively on legal, business, and ethics related issues and is a former editor of the Massachusetts Law Review. He has taught at Boston University School of Law and is currently a Lecturer-in-Law at New England School of Law teaching Business Planning. He is also a long term Judge in Harvard Law School’s Ames Mock Trial Competition for appellate advocacy.

Tom lives in Brookline with his wife Monica Sullivan Shack and they have one daughter, Madeline, who is currently completing her undergraduate studies.

Lilian Coral

Chief Data Officer, City of Los Angeles

Lilian Coral

Chief Data Officer, City of Los Angeles

Lilian Coral is the Chief Data Officer for the City of Los Angeles, working within the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti. In this role, she has taken the Mayor's directive on Open Data beyond the lens of transparency and towards his vision of a data-driven Los Angeles. Prior to joining the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, after having spent 15 years working on a wide range of health and human services issues as an advocate and executive leader. Having had the opportunity to work with labor unions, NGOs, foundations, and human service agencies at all levels of government, she felt inspired to apply her experience to re-thinking the way in which government uses data and technology to serve its citizens.

Most recently, as the founding Director of 2–1–1 California, she led a network of 26 non-governmental organizations, available to over 33 million Californians. The most significant challenge faced was: transforming legacy systems into state-of-the-art services that leverage technology to improve the lives of the most under-privileged in our communities. 2–1–1 programs throughout the U.S.A. and Canada provide the public with information, assessment and linkages to a wide range of public and private community resources, health and human services, and disaster response assistance.

Ms. Coral hold a master’s degree in public policy from UCLA and is a native of Colombia, a place from where much of her inspiration for innovation and social justice emerged.

David Spielfogel

Managing Partner, Ekistic Ventures

David Spielfogel

Managing Partner, Ekistic Ventures

David Spielfogel is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Ekistic Ventures, a group of urban problem-solvers who are actively cultivating a portfolio of disruptive companies that bring new solutions to critical urban problems. He brings nearly two decades of experience at the highest levels of local government, political campaigns and philanthropy with a focus on setting the short and long-term strategies to guide good ideas to implementation.

Until early 2016, David served as Senior Adviser to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. In that role he oversaw long-term planning and the implementation and communication of the Mayor's priority initiatives. He served in the same capacity on the Mayor’s successful 2015 re-election campaign, and as Director of the Chicago 2011 Transition Project after directing policy and research for the Mayor’s initial 2011 campaign.

Previously, David served as Chief of Staff at the MacArthur Foundation where he worked on special projects that cut across the foundation's domestic and international programs, as deputy policy director for Barack Obama's senate campaign, as policy director for the Senate bid of Alexi Giannoulias, and in the Clinton White House as the Special Assistant for Policy to the President's senior adviser on energy and environmental issues.

David earned his M.S. in International Development Management from the London School of Economics, and his B.S. from the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources.

Brett Goldstein

Managing Partner, Ekistic Ventures

Brett Goldstein

Managing Partner, Ekistic Ventures

Brett Goldstein is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Ekistic Ventures, a group of urban problem-solvers who are actively cultivating a portfolio of disruptive companies that bring new solutions to critical urban problems.

A government studies major in college who taught himself to code in his spare time, Brett began his career as an early employee of OpenTable, where he helped scale the company’s technical and business operations from a small startup to a multinational enterprise over seven years.

Brett returned to his public sector interests in 2006 when he joined the Chicago Police Department, graduating at the top of his Police Academy class. After a year as a beat cop in the 11 th district, he founded and eventually commanded the department’s Predictive Analytics Group, a team that used advanced analytics to enhance police efforts. In 2011, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed Brett as the first-ever municipal Chief Data Officer. As CDO and later CIO, he established one of the nation’s leading open data efforts and overhauled the city's technology infrastructure to reflect the needs of 21st century government. He also created WindyGrid, a situational awareness and analytics platform that was first used during the 2012 Chicago NATO Summit and later adapted to support improved service delivery citywide.

In 2013, Brett curated and edited Beyond Transparency: Open Data and the Future of Civic Innovation, an anthology on the potential of open data to reshape the relationship between residents and government. Brett was also featured in a chapter of The Silo Effectby Gillian Tett (2015), which discusses Brett’s work with the Chicago Police Department to reduce crime and murder rates.

In addition to his work with Ekistic Ventures, Brett serves as a Senior Fellow and Special Advisor for Urban Science at the University of Chicago. He advises governments, universities, and major corporations around the globe on how to use data to better understand urban ecosystems.

Dan Doctoroff

CEO, Sidewalk Labs

Dan Doctoroff

CEO, Sidewalk Labs

Daniel L. Doctoroff is CEO of Sidewalk Labs, an urban innovation company he launched with Google to improve cities for residents, businesses and city governments. Prior to founding Sidewalk, he was president and CEO of Bloomberg L.P. Dan previously served as deputy mayor for economic development and rebuilding for the City of New York. With Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Dan led the city’s dramatic economic resurgence, spearheading the effort to reverse New York’s fiscal crisis after 9/11 through a five-borough economic development strategy, including the creation of PlaNYC, a 127-point plan designed to create the first environmentally sustainable 21st-century city.

Tyler Kleykamp

Chief Data Officer, State of Connecticut

Tyler Kleykamp

Chief Data Officer, State of Connecticut

Tyler Kleykamp is the State of Connecticut’s Chief Data Officer, within the Office of Policy and Management (OPM). Tyler is responsible for directing, managing, and overseeing staff and activities related to the collection, analysis, and dissemination of the State’s enterprise information assets. Tyler has previously served as Chair of the Connecticut Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) Council as well as the State GIS Coordinator. In addition, he has led numerous initiatives to improve data and information sharing including; emergency management and disaster response, transparency and accountability during the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; and land use and economic development activities.

Kevin Merritt

Founder, CEO, Socrata

Kevin Merritt

Founder, CEO, Socrata

Kevin founded Socrata because he recognized that the massive amounts of data in the world could be put to use in people’s everyday lives to make them better. Kevin had previous successes as an entrepreneur. In 2002 Kevin founded MessageRite, which developed and provided a web-based email archiving service. In 2004, FrontBridge Technologies acquired MessageRite where Kevin functioned as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). In 2005, Microsoft acquired FrontBridge. At Microsoft Kevin served as Software Architect and Director of Operations before leaving to found Socrata in 2007. At heart, Kevin is a software entrepreneur with a passion for making customers elated by delivering great software as a service.

Jonathan Schwabish

Sr Research Associate, Urban Institute

Jonathan Schwabish

Sr Research Associate, Urban Institute

Jonathan Schwabish is a Senior Research Associate in The Urban Institute’s Income and Benefits Policy Center. He is also a member of the Institute’s Communication team where he specializes in data visualization and presentation design. His research agenda includes such areas as earnings and income inequality, immigration, disability insurance, retirement security, data measurement, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and other aspects of public policy.

Dr. Schwabish is also considered a leader in the data visualization field and is a leading voice for clarity and accessibility in research. He has written on various aspects of how to best visualize data including technical aspects of creation, design best practices, and how to communicate social science research in more accessible ways. He was named a “visualization thought leader” by AllAnalytics in 2012 and speaks widely on the issues of data visualization, open data, and data use in organizations.

Dr. Schwabish also teaches data visualization and presentation skills at Georgetown University and the Maryland Institute College of Art, as well as in public workshops and for private clients through his consulting firm, PolicyViz. He also co-hosts the Rad Presenters Podcast, which aims to improve people’s presentation skills. He also hosts the PolicyViz podcast, which focuses on data, open data, and data visualization. He is currently writing a book on presentation skills and design with Columbia University Press.

Rushern L. Baker, III

County Executive, Prince George’s County, MD

Rushern L. Baker, III

County Executive, Prince George’s County, MD

Rushern L. Baker, III is the 7th County Executive of Prince George’s County, MD. He started his political career in the Maryland House of Delegates in 1994.

Soon after taking office as County Executive in 2010, Mr. Baker established the Economic Development Incentive Fund (EDIF), an unprecedented $50 million fund designed to stimulate business growth in the County. He has also streamlined government operations to make the County more business friendly resulting in over $7 billion of development on tap. He is focused on improving healthcare and is working with the state of Maryland to build a new Regional Medical Center in Prince George’s County.

Mr. Baker also created the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI) in 2012, an innovative approach to uplift economically challenged neighborhoods. This collaborative approach between the government and the community t has helped reduce overall crime to its lowest levels in over 30 years.

Mr. Baker is committed to improving public education. He championed groundbreaking legislation that changed the governance structure of the County’s Public Schools, giving him more oversight over public schools than any executive in the State of Maryland.

A recipient of many awards and honors, including the National Forum for Black Public Administrators’ National Leadership Award for Public Service and the Most Innovative Executive of the Year for Minority Business from the Maryland/Washington Minority Contractors Association. He was also presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Howard University in 2013 as well as a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014. Also, he was named one of Washingtonian Magazine’s 2014 Washingtonians of the Year and presented with the Latino Leaders Network’s 2015 Chairman’s Award. Governing Magazine recently selected him as one of their 2015 Public Officials of the year. 2016 Public Service Honoree presented by Alzheimer's Association.

Mr. Baker serves in numerous leadership roles at the state and national levels. He is President of the County Executives of America as well as the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. He is also on the board of National Association of Counties and the Maryland Association of Counties.

Mr. Baker received his undergraduate and law degrees from Howard University. He is married to Christa Beverly and they are the parents of three adult children.

Tony Yarber

Mayor, Jackson, MS

Tony Yarber

Mayor, Jackson, MS

Born to George and Deloris Yarber, Mayor Tony T. Yarber was reared in the Westside Community, Subdivision # 2. A product of Jackson Public Schools, Mayor Yarber received a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Southern Mississippi, M.S. in Education Administration and Supervision from Jackson State University, and Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Belhaven University.

Throughout the years, Mayor Yarber has been a strong advocate for his community. He has consistently utilized his education, experiences, and beliefs as a driving force behind his passion for the development of all people. His relentless passion for the City of Jackson to be restored is evident in his commitment to this great city.

Mayor Yarber married his high school sweetheart, Rosalind Neal Yarber, thirteen years ago. Mrs. Yarber received a B.S. in Social Work from Jackson State University, and her M.S. in Management from Belhaven College (University). She is also a licensed social worker for the State of Mississippi. Currently, she serves as the director of social services for the Jackson metro area for one of the largest international non–profit companies.

Tony and Rosalind are the proud parents of three children: Carmen, Cameron and Toni Michelle, all of whom attend public schools within the City of Jackson. Mayor Yarber is dedicated to creating a better Jackson, not just for his wife and children, but for all of the citizens of our great City!

Through his work in the public school systems, city council, and community engagement projects, Mayor Yarber has obtained the skills and knowledge to move Jackson forward. Mayor Yarber’s passion for youth-related and restored values within Jackson has impacted the community he serves and left impressions on the lives of countless citizens. He has a desire and passion to see citizens of Jackson empowered and proud to say that they are true Jacksonians. With his innovative approaches and concepts, Mayor Yarber continues to cross economic, cultural and social boundaries.

Socrata Connect Venue

The iconic Gaylord National Hotel and Conference Center will play host to this year's Socrata Connect. One of the country's most impressive resort hotels, the Gaylord sits right on the Potomac River in the National Harbor area, minutes from downtown Washington, DC.

A conference rate of $239 has been secured for Socrata Connect attendees. Reserve your room now before the block fills up.

Reserve your Room

Agenda

March
5
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Welcome Reception
March
6
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Networking Breakfast
  • Socrata Connect Day 1
  • Education Program Classes
  • Customer Dinner
March
7
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Networking Breakfast
  • Socrata Connect Day 2
  • Education Program Classes
  • Networking Happy Hour
March
8
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Networking Breakfast
  • Data Camp Workshops
Last Year Highlights

Kevin Merritt Keynote Address

Watch Video

Last Year Highlights

Stories from Urban Data Science

Watch Video

Last Year Highlights

Put the Data Where Your Mouth Is

Watch Video