Team

We are a team of volunteers dedicated to building a world-class data science community in Los Angeles for the benefit of all.

Leadership:

Szilard Pafka

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Szilard is an expert data scientist and a leader of the Los Angeles data community. He brings extensive theoretical knowledge (PhD) along with more than 15 years of practical experience in advanced data analysis and developing analytical systems. He is currently the Chief Scientist at Epoch and the founder/organizer/co-organizer of several popular data science meetups in LA (RDataVisData Science/Machine LearningBig Data). Follow him on Twitter @DataScienceLA.


Amelia McNamara

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Amelia is a statistics PhD candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her research interests include statistical computing, data visualization, spatial statistics, and statistics education. She is currently working with teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District to bring “data science” into high school classrooms as part of the Mobilize project. You can follow her on Twitter @AmeliaMN, or read her personal blog.


Eduardo Arino de la Rubia

Eduardo is a lifelong technologist with a passion for data science who thrives on effectively communicating data-driven insights throughout an organization. He is a graduate of the MTSU Computer Science department, General Assembly’s Data Science program, and is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Coursera Data Science specialization. Follow him on Twitter @earino.


Leigh Arino de la Rubia

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Leigh is an interdisciplinary writer, project manager, and coach who combines an eye for detail with a sense of humor. A former science education researcher, roller derby coach and private investigator, Leigh enjoys working collaboratively to help people accomplish more than they think is possible. Follow her on Twitter @leighadlr or check out ppm.io to find out what’s been inspiring her lately.


Contributors:

Jeff Weakley

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Jeff is an Emmy-winning Copywriter/ Creative Director with over 25 years experience working with Ad Agencies in Los Angeles.  He’s a graduate of UCLA Cinematography extension and the owner of an ever-growing studio of lights, cameras, and sound equipment. Producer/ Editor/ VFX, Jeff also works in R, Python and SQL and aspires to bring more data science into the advertising creative arena through his endeavors such as ChocolateCoveredFocusGroups.com and CreativeAlgorithm.org.


Timothy Phan

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​Tim is a data enthusiast with a passion for public policy. He previously studied Political Science and Development Economics at UC Santa Barbara and the Monterey Institute, and recently worked at the Center for Global Development in Washington DC. His interests include data visualization, new media, and R. Follow his Twitter at @timothy_phan, or see what he’s been into lately at his personal site.


Subash D’Souza

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​Subash is a leader of the Big Data community in Los Angeles. He speaks regularly at conferences, has been recognized by Cloudera as a Champion of Big Data, and envisions himself as a Big Data Evangelist. He is the founder of Big Data Camp LA, a free community conference, and he runs the LA Big Data, LA HBase, and LA Apache Spark meetups. He is currently the Principal Hadoop Architect at Lynda.com. Follow him on Twitter @sawjd22.