The work done by DataMade is made possible by our lovely and amazingly skilled team. DataMade prides itself on hiring people from a wide range of backgrounds, which enables us to take creative approaches to new projects. While everyone at DataMade is a developer, being developers is not what defines us.
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Derek Eder is an entrepreneur, technologist, organizer and one of the leaders of the civic tech community in Chicago. He is founder and partner at DataMade and the lead organizer for Chi Hack Night, Chicago’s premier weekly event for building, sharing and learning about civic tech. Derek has been building websites in Chicago since 2006 and building up the Chicago civic tech community since 2011. Over the years, Derek has built and collaborated dozens of civic projects including Chicago Lobbyists, ClearStreets, 2nd City Zoning, Look at Cook, Large Lots, MyReps and Is There Sewage in the Chicago River. He grew up in Portland, Oregon and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BS in Computer Engineering. Back when he had spare time, he played in several bands that you could probably find if you Googled hard enough. He now lives in Oak Park with his wife Aya and two children, Ellie and Benji.
Forest Gregg is trying to find ways that information and information technology can help the people of Chicago recognize, understand, and address our shared challenges and opportunities. As a partner at DataMade, he works with clients, helps staff grow, and looks for ways for our company be better for our clients and for ourselves. He has been trained as a sociologist – particularly in quantitative methods and urban sociology. The statistics and machine learning training is useful on projects like dedupe and usaddress; the urban sociology training is useful for projects like Chicago’s Million Dollar Blocks and Where to Buy. From a spell as professional juggler, Forest is pretty good at games of accurate, under-handed tossing.
Hannah Cushman Garland is a wayward journalist turned software developer based in St. Louis. She cut her teeth on public life in mid-Missouri, covering municipal economic development (ask her about enterprise zones) and elections. An alumna of the Missouri School of Journalism and a veteran of the Associated Press, Hannah remains deeply interested in people, systems, and power. She brings a healthy skepticism to technology, believing that it can alleviate specific pain points but is rarely a solution in and of itself. At DataMade, Hannah is a cultivator of team growth and a steward of the DataMade stack. She has led or contributed to a number of years-long projects, including LA Metro Councilmatic, the Illinois Public Salaries Database, and WhoWasInCommand, and takes great pride in working in partnership with longtime clients to improve upon them. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys hobby jogging, eating just about anything, and simply existing in the company of her husband, cats, and plants.
Fatima Gomez comes to code through storytelling, and understands coding to be another tool to serve that end. She has a background in Latinx Studies and Creative Writing, focused on the ways individuals cope with and choose to heal (or not) from institutional injustice. She went on to work at a small workforce development nonprofit in Logan Square as an employment coach, listening to individuals’ stories and working with them to find solutions to the systemic barriers they faced toward financial stability and their employment goals. These experiences sparked her interest in social media, and software more broadly, as powerful ways for people to tell their stories and disperse information for the sake of activism, organizing, and policymaking. Fatima also enjoys engaging in story through reading, writing, and TV, and she has also been known to shred on an electric violin from time to time.
Sam McAlilly is a programmer and writer living in Birmingham, Alabama. He has a degree in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi. He worked as a bookseller in Mississippi, which is where he found that he likes to code. He sees coding as another tool for documenting, analyzing, and understanding our world.