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Statistics Without Borders Executive Committee

The Statistics Without Borders Executive Committee consists of seven SWB volunteers and a representative from the American Statistical Association. The Executive Committee (EC) meets weekly to discuss new projects, volunteers, and other issues involving SWB. Elections for Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary/Treasurer are held every two years.

The members of the Statistics Without Borders Executive Committee for 2020-2022 are:

Past Chair: Jean Opsomer

Jean Opsomer is Professor and Chair in the Department of Statistics at Colorado State University. His main areas of statistical expertise are survey statistics and nonparametric methods. He is delighted to be able to assist SWB as it continues to expand its operations and develops a more effective organizational structure.  


Chair: 
Davina Durgana

Davina P. Durgana, PhD is an award-winning international human rights statistician who has developed leading global models to assess risk and vulnerability to modern slavery. Dr. Durgana is a Report Co-Author and Senior Statistician on the Global Slavery Index of the Minderoo Foundation’s Walk Free Initiative. She is the American Statistical Association's 2016 Statistical Advocate of the Year and a Forbes Top 30 Under 30 in Science for 2017 for her work on statistical modeling, human security theory, and human trafficking. Dr. Durgana has also recently been announced as an inaugural IF/THEN Ambassador working to encourage women to pursue STEM fields with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


Secretary and Treasurer:
 
Jae Brodsky

Jae Brodsky works in statistical genetics on problems in machine learning, big data analysis, and Bayesian techniques. She has a Ph.D. in statistics from UCLA and previously worked at the FDA.  


Engagement Director:
 David Whitford

David Whitford was formerly with the U.S. Census Bureau and led the division of statisticians responsible for statistical aspects of the Decennial Censuses and the monthly American Community Survey. He currently provides consultation on survey methodology to developing countries, governments, and NGOs. His interests are dual system estimation, record linkage, R, tennis, and travel.  

Operations Director: Smita Skrivanek

Smita Skrivanek works in the field of quality and continuous improvement and consults on process improvement projects. She is interested in human rights, animal rights, environmental and social justice issues.  


Vice Chair: 
Matt Brems

Matt Brems is Senior Manager, Data Science Product & Strategy with DataRobot and is Managing Partner at BetaVector, a data science consultancy. His full-time professional data work spans computer vision, finance, education, consumer-packaged goods, and politics and he earned General Assembly's 2019 "Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year" award. Matt earned his Master's degree in statistics from Ohio State. Matt is passionate about mentoring folx in data and tech careers. Matt currently serves on the Statistics Without Borders Executive Committee as Vice Chair.



Marketing and Communications Director: Sloka Iyengar   
Sloka Iyengar is passionate about the power of science to change the world for its most vulnerable populations, and the importance of communication to affect that change. She is a neuroscientist and a global health consultant interested in mental health, neurological disorders, and aging and palliative care. In addition, Sloka is also a performer and practitioner of a classical Indian dance form called Bharatanatyam, and is interested in exploring the many points of convergence between arts and the sciences.


 


Past Chair (emeritus), New Client Acquisition Co-Chair:
 Cathy Furlong

Cathy Furlong is currently employed in the Medicare fraud industry where she works on data mining, sampling/extrapolations, and Administrative Law Hearings with Medicare data. She holds a Masters in Statistics from American University. Her areas of interest are human rights and nature. Other areas of volunteer work are as A Fairfax County Master Gardener, on the Glen Echo Park Waltz Committee, and with the Caucus for Women in Statistics.


Co-Founder, New Client Acquisition Co-Chair
Gary Shapiro

Gary Shapiro is retired from Westat, where he was Senior Statistician from 1996 to 2009. Gary was the lead statistician, senior statistician, or/and task leader on over 30 projects, mostly involving survey sample design, weighting, and variance estimation. Prior to being at Westat, Gary was a Senior Statistician at Abt Associates from 1993 to 1996, where he was the lead statistician for a number of surveys. From 1965 to 1993 Gary was at the U.S. Census Bureau. For almost 20 years of this period, he was an Assistant Chief of the Demographic Statistical Methods Division, where he oversaw the operation of up to five branches with the responsibility for sample design, weighting, and variance estimation for the demographic surveys. He is a co-founder of Statistics Without Borders, together with Steve Pierson and Fritz Scheuren. He served as initial SWB Co-Chair and then as Chair from 2010 to 2012.


Co-Founder, ASA Ex Officio Board Member:
 Steve Pierson

Steve has been ASA Director of Science Policy since March, 2008. Previously, he was Head of Government Relations for the American Physical Society and Associate Professor of Physics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA.  

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