Hi, i'm justin.

The confluence of data science and public policy stands to revolutionize the way that practitioners at all levels of government do their job. As municipalities face greater challenges with constrained resources, the potential for data to target resources, predict outcomes, and improve the well-being of every citizen is what drives me.

I like to find innovative ways to use information we already know to improve the outcomes of processes. I have committed my life to better understanding the factors that influence the success of cities and am passionate about helping cities in the areas of community and economic development, affordable housing, and disaster recovery.  

With experience creating data-focused solutions to problems at the federal, state, and local levels through projects with the US Department of Housing and Development, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, and New York City Housing Authority, I'm always looking for new opportunities to do good with data.

Contact

Justin Cole
justinmichaelcole@gmail.com
315.767.4207


Education

Masters of Science in Public Policy and Management - Data Analytics

Carnegie Mellon University, 2017

Relevant courses: Large Scale Data Analysis and
Public Policy; Data Mining; Python; Programming in R; Intermediate Statistics; 
Smart Cities: Growth in Intelligent Transportation Systems; 
Database Management; Data Science Pipeline; 
Management Science; Geographic Information System (GIS); 
Business Process Modeling; Text Analytics;
Applied Econometrics; Advanced Business Analytics

BACHELORS OF ARTS IN ECONOMICS, 
PUBLIC POLICY, AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

Syracuse University, 2011
Graduated with honors and focused on domestic affordable
housing policy and completed Capstone project on
international energy policy in Ukraine. 

ARTICLES

AWARDS

  • 2017 Heinz College Leadership Award

  • 2016 Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub's Young Innovators Award, Columbia University Data Science Institute

  • 2016 Boeing Scholar

programming languages

  • R

  • Python

  • SQL

  • Javascript/D3

  • Weka

  • CSS/HTML

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Project Management Professional (PMP)

  • Certified Scrum Master (CSM)

  • Certified SAFe 4 DevOps Practitioner

tools

  • ArcGIS

  • CartoDB

  • Tableau

  • Highcharts

  • P5

  • Microsoft Project

  • Microsoft Excel

  • Microsoft Visio

  • Oracle BPM

 

work experience

managing consultant
ibm | washington, dc
8/2017 - PRESENT

RESEARCH ASSISTANT
METRO 21 INITIATIVE | PITTSBURGH, PA
12/2015 - 1/2017

Spearheaded new programming efforts targeted at education and
future growth of the initiative, including building partnerships with industry
and the federal government. 

associate
METROlab network | washington, dc
03/2016 - 08/2016

Work with representatives from government, philanthropy, and higher education to develop strategy for long-term funding of a smart cities network committed to
an RD&D model to partner research and development from universities with rapid
deployment in metro areas to solve some of the nation's biggest urban challenges.

Disaster Recovery Consultant
Hagerty Consulting | NEW YORK, NY
04/2013 - 12/2016

Built and maintained relational database to track over $200M in Hurricane Sandy-related expenditures and created financial modeling to produce benefit cost analyses for HUD and FEMA drawdown requests.

Analyst
ICF International | FAIRFAX, VA
07/2011 - 04/2013

Coordinated application status tracking system pilot for $1B New Jersey Hurricane
Sandy program and helped manage the creation and implementation of a
first-of-its-kind learning management system to track HUD grantees’ trainings.