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About

Photo Credit: Celeste Sloman for City & State

Photo Credit: Celeste Sloman for City & State

 

I build and manage

effective teams

to develop data-driven

solutions to real-world problems.

 
 

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EXPERIENCE

MANAGING DIRECTOR
GRYPHON STRATEGIES

White Plains, NY (November 2017 - PRESENT)

 

Director of Research & Analytics
New York State Office of the Attorney General

New York, NY (Oct. 2013 - November 2017)

  • Built the Attorney General’s Research & Analytics department – growing from one research assistant to seven full-time staff – including making the New York Attorney General the first in the country to employ a data scientist. This team supports the office’s major initiatives and investigations through open source intelligence research, big data analysis, and data science techniques.
  • Managed the redesign and relaunch of the open data and transparency website, NYOpengovernment.com.
  • Co-developed the first-of-its-kind report and interactive dashboard on illegal gun trafficking in New York, which was the cover story of the Daily News.
  • Provided analysis for the lawsuit against Spectrum-Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications for allegedly defrauding New Yorkers over internet speeds and performance, which was the cover story of the Daily News.
  • Co-authored and provided the analysis for the report on illegal Airbnb rental activity in New York City, which was a cover story in the New York Times.
  • Developed and managed two multi-million dollar programs that provided naloxone and bulletproof vests for New York State law enforcement.
  • Presented at numerous national conferences, local data events, and office-wide trainings on utilizing open source intelligence (OSINT) and data to support investigations.
  • Cultivated partnerships with universities and technology start-ups to enhance the office’s technological capacity, including projects to identify illegal drug dealers on social media, developing metrics to identify bad-actor landlords, and finding social media posts about consumer fraud by training a model based on complaints submitted to the office.

Lead Researcher
Service Employees International Union 32BJ

Previous Positions: Research Analyst, Researcher, and Intern
New York, NY (Jun. 2010 - Oct. 2013)

  • Led a team of researchers that supported the union’s collective bargaining and new member organizing efforts in several major East Coast markets.
  • Developed and executed strategic corporate campaigns by identifying appropriate tactics, relevant research, and necessary resources; significant wins include defeating Delaware’s largest non-union janitorial contractor and unionizing janitorial companies at the National Naval Medical Center.
  • Authored and managed the release of two papers about the conditions of New York City public school facilities, both of which were widely covered by local news and prompted a city council oversight hearing.
  • Developed union density analysis, market research, contract cost scenarios, and dossiers that included financial, legal, political, and other public information.

Senior Researcher
The Global Clearinghouse

New York, NY (Feb. 2009 - Apr. 2010)

  • Trained, supervised, and directed a two-person research staff that managed a database of investor resources created to spur investment in developing countries.
  • Developed and implemented metrics to assess database’s competitiveness in providing accurate investment information.

 

Teaching Assistant

The New School for Social Research
New York, New York (Aug. 2009 – Dec. 2009)

Assistant to Operations Director

Kathleen Sebelius for Kansas Governor
Topeka, KS (Jan. 2006 - Dec. 2006)

Assistant Campaign Manager

Tiffany Muller for Topeka City Council
Topeka, KS (Feb. 2005 - Apr. 2005)

Field Area Organizer

Nancy Boyda for U.S. Congress
Topeka, KS (May 2004 - Aug. 2004)


Masters of Arts - Economics

The New School for Social Research
New York, NY (2010)

Bachelor of Business Administration - Economics

Washburn University
Topeka, KS (2008)
Summa Cum Laude, University Honors, School of Business Honors, Leadership Studies Certificate
 

Certificate in Data Science

General Assembly
New York, NY (2015)

EDUCATION


HONORS

Coro Leadership New York (2016-2017)

City & State’s 40 Under 40 (2016)

New York State Office of the Attorney General’s Innovation in Law Enforcement Award (2016)

New York State Office of the Attorney General’s Superior Service Award (2014, 2015)


SKILLS

Adobe Creative Suite; Amazon Web Services (S3, Redshift); Git; Python; SQL; Tableau; Qlik

Gallery


Gallery


Gallery

 

Although most of my analytical work is confidential, below are a few of the public reports and dashboards I have designed. I hope you click on the content below to explore further.

 
 

target on trafficking report
Gun Tracing Analytics Platform (2016)

 

leadership new york
digital divide issue day presentation (2017)

 

nyopengovernment.com
RELAUNCH (2016)

 

HEALTH CARE BUREAU HELPLINE REPORT (2015)

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Airbnb in the City (2014)

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Homeowner Protection Program Annual Report (2014)

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Newsworthy


Newsworthy


In The News..

 

It's a great day when your work is a cover story.  Below are links to just a small sample of the news coverage of initiatives and investigations requiring my team's and/or my work. 

 

spectrum-time warner cable lawsuit

Provided analytical support for the New York State Attorney General's lawsuit against Spectrum-Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications for allegedly defrauding New Yorkers over internet speeds and performance.

airbnb investigation & report

Provided analytics and visualizations for the New York State Attorney General's report highlighting illegality in Airbnb's New York City listings.

report on gun trafficking

Provided analytics and visualizations for the New York State Attorney General's report on illegal gun trafficking in New York State.        
                                


Other reads

(in reverse chronological order)

NY Attorney General Data Director Joins Gryphon Strategies as Managing Director - Gryphon Strategies

(New York, December 18, 2017) Lacey Keller has joined Gryphon Strategies as a Managing Director and will direct Gryphon's newest service area, Data Mining and Analytics. In an ever-changing investigatory landscape, for over 25 years, Gryphon Strategies has completed thousands of assignments in the U.S. and around the world.

Carwash Cheated Workers, New York Attorney General Says

In a lawsuit, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman contends that the Tropical Breeze Car Wash in Brooklyn stole more than $540,000 in employee wages and benefits.

Judge Orders UPS to Pay $247 Million for Illegally Shipping Cigarettes

UPS must pay $247 million in damages and penalties to New York City and New York State for illegally shipping cigarettes, a federal judge ordered Thursday. "A very significant award" was necessary because of the public health hazard posed by cigarettes and as a deterrent to future bad conduct, said Judge Katherine B.

AG files suit against in illegal dumping

A federal civil suit filed Thursday by the state attorney general's office is seeking damages "in the millions of dollars" against two individuals convicted in

DeVry University to pay $2.75M for false ads

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has reached a $2.75 million settlement with for-profit college DeVry University over misleading advertisements. Under the terms of the agreement revealed by Schneiderman on Monday, DeVry will pay $2.25 million in consumer restitution and $500,000 in penalties, fees and costs to resolve an investigation by Schneiderman that found DeVry tricked students with ads that inflated graduates' salaries and success finding jobs.

N.Y. AG forces Amazon delivery firm to pay $100G settlement

A company contracted by Amazon that failed to deliver on pay day must pony up $100,000 to more than 100 workers, according to a settlement announced Friday by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Cornucopia Logistics cheated the employees out of wages by deducting pay for lunch breaks that weren't taken and failing to compensate workers for all of their hours.

Tech Savvy Students, Women Founders, & Government Transparency at NYTM | Xconomy

It seems there was no escaping talk of government Tuesday night even at the New York Tech Meetup-but at least the focus was on how to make technology work rather than dysfunctional politics.

Report Exposes Widespread Abuses in Ticketing Industry in New York

"Ticketing is a fixed game," Mr. Schneiderman said in a statement. "My office will continue to crack down on those who break our laws, prey on ordinary consumers and deny New Yorkers affordable access to the concerts and sporting events they love.

N.Y. attorney general makes lobbying data easier to access

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has relaunched a site containing public information to match lobbying disclosures with legislation.

Nearly 200 Buildings in New York City Flouted Tax Rules, Officials Say

The 421-a program also benefits condominiums, and in each of the 194 buildings in question, the owners had originally intended to build condos, but changed their mind, possibly because of market conditions, and decided to rent the apartments rather than sell them, officials said.

In first public address as adviser Tim Wu spoke about New York tech community's changing role - New York Business Journal

Tim Wu, the Columbia professor who was named this week as technology advisor to the attorney general of the state of New York, said at an event in Manhattan last night that he plans to help mold the state's tech community into a force for social good.

New York Attorney General Critical of Heroin Antidote's Cost

Faced with a crisis of painkiller and heroin addiction, law enforcement departments across the country began outfitting officers with naloxone kits to reverse overdoses encountered on patrol. In New York, the department pledged this spring to provide its roughly 19,500 patrol officers with the drug after a successful pilot program on Staten Island.

Criminals' money will buy NYPD cops' bulletproof vests

ALBANY - Money seized from criminals will be used to make NYPD cops safer. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Wednesday will award nearly $500,000 to the NYPD for the purchase of bulletproof vests, the Daily News has learned.

Proposal Would Provide New York Police With Kits to Combat Overdoses

But the prescription monitoring program does not catch heroin users, and increasingly New Yorkers are dying. In New York City, there was an 84 percent jump in heroin overdose deaths between 2010 and 2012, according to the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Schools or slums? Damning union report shows hazardous conditions

Broken toilets, faulty elevators and leaky ceilings - some city public schools are practically slums, according to an analysis of building inspections the school cleaners union released Tuesday. The report by the Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ tallied scores from the city's annual inspections of about 1,500 public schools to create a list of the worst offenders.