From organic chemistry distillations in my undergraduate career to database schemas in my current occupation, my path to Cooper/Smith has been a unique but fulfilling journey. The journey has equipped me with experience, knowledge, skills, and passion to create a culture of data for action within the public health sector.
Alongside my work at Cooper/Smith, I serve as the Senior Database Administrator (DBA) at the Fresno Housing Authority in Fresno, California. I am responsible for guiding the agency’s data strategies and initiatives. This responsibility entails monitoring and maintaining our information system software that tracks data on 50,000 residents, establishing data sharing agreements with external partners, guiding the agency-wide development of key performance indicators, and producing dynamic reports and dashboards utilizing SQL, Alteryz, ArcGIS and Tableau. Much of my experience and skills in creating visualizations is attributed to my Tableau Fellowship. I was selected alongside 20 additional individuals from across the nation to engage in an 11-month intensive Tableau software training. We developed and launched a collaborative reporting and data visualization system. This gallery of reports and dashboards is utilized by homeless providers across the nation.
Outside of my work responsibilities, I am on the tail-end of my MPH in biostatics and epidemiology at the University of Southern California. The completion of my international practicum requirements with the Kuunika: Data for Action in Lilongwe, Malawi is actually how Cooper/Smith and I came to meet.
Prior to serving in my current roles, I worked for four years as a quality assurance and data analyst, creating housing solutions for the homeless community in Fresno and Madera County. During this time, I co-authored Fresno’s Update to the Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness, led three of our annual unsheltered homeless counts, which, cumulatively, trained over 500 volunteers and counted and surveyed over 6,000 homeless persons, and guided the production of a mobile application developed to collect & assess homeless persons in our annual count.