Experience

Data Management Analyst at Northrop Grumman

Nov 2015 – Present, Seaside, California

Worked with large data sets to discover patterns and solve strategic business problems using structured and unstructured data sets. Applied advanced analytic techniques (i.e., text analytics, NLP, information geometry) to large text data sets. Supported researchers, business analysts, developers, and customers by applying data science techniques to their projects and initiatives. Contributed to internal data management projects.

Web Development and Computer Technology Consultant at David Ciani Consulting

Jun 2008 – Present, Marina, California

Worked with clients in industry and the nonprofit sector to develop web presences for their organizations. Guided clients through the design and content creation processes. Additionally, provided support for desktop, mobile, home/SMB networks.

Grader/Reader at UC Santa Cruz, Baskin School of Engineering

Oct 2010 – Mar 2011, Santa Cruz, California

Evaluated coursework and laboratory assignments for an undergraduate computer science course, focusing on data structures, Java, C, and UNIX fundamentals. Applied assessment criteria to student work in a consistent, deterministic manner. Worked to complete grading tasks on time and under budget. Maintained confidentiality regarding student grades and records.

Software Development Consultant at Alliant Insurance Services

Jan 2008 – Aug 2008, San Diego, California

Worked with in-house software development team on proprietary customer relationship management system. Interacted with coworkers in an enterprise environment. Gained experience with software development tools, including Visual Studio, C#, and ASP.Net. Instructed fellow intern in software development and computer programming.


Education

Bachelor of Arts, Economics from University of California, Santa Cruz

Sept 2009 – Jun 2013, Santa Cruz, California

Completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics with coursework in econometrics, international development, economic history and management economics. Additionally completed a number of computer science and engineering courses.

High School Diploma from High Tech High Media Arts

Sept 2005 – Jun 2009, San Diego, California

Received a High School Diploma. Awarded Regional Occupational Program certificates in Multimedia Production and Engineering Principles.


Licenses & Certifications

CompTIA Security+ ce Certification from CompTIA

Issued Jun 2019. Expires Jun 2022.

OUSD P&R Human Research Social-Behavioral Investigator from CITI Program

Issued Jul 2018. Expires Jul 2021.


Publications

Dec 2018, Defense Personnel and Security Research Center, Office of People Analytics

This study explored data trends, field procedures, and policy requirements associated with DoD suicide-related incident reports. Research considered scope and consequences of suicide-related incident reporting, circumstances leading to reporting, and recommendations to improve protections for vulnerable personnel who undergo this process. Research findings suggest more guidance, training, and policy specificity for reporting suicidal behavior is needed. If these behaviors remain required reporting per policy, stakeholders should focus stigma reduction efforts on improving adjudication timeliness. One way to achieve this goal is to introduce timeliness metrics for these sensitive incident-reporting events.

An Evaluation of a Machine Learning Model for Suicide Detection and Prevention

Jul 2017, Defense Personnel and Security Research Center, Office of People Analytics

The Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO) funded the Defense Personnel and Security Research Center (PERSEREC) to conduct an independent verification and validation (IV&V) of a suicide risk algorithm using publicly available social media information to identify Service members at potential risk of suicide. The suicide risk algorithm was designed to identify potentially at risk Service members in a completely automated fashion using their publicly available social media information. The algorithm generates in a suicide risk score, which one then can compare to the actual cause of death, to determine the effectiveness of the algorithm. The IV&V presented here is intended to determine whether the algorithm met the goals of the project (i.e., correctly identified Service members at risk of dying by suicide), and to identify model improvements or recommendations for any future algorithm development.

Improving Mental Health Reporting and Responding within DoD’s Personnel Security Program

Jun 2017, Defense Personnel and Security Research Center, Office of People Analytics

An initial examination into mental health-related incident reporting trends and to evaluate associated policy and reporting practices as they occur in the field. Incident reports from the Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS) were analyzed, mental health reporting policies were reviewed, and interviews with personnel security subject matter experts (SMEs) were conducted.


Volunteer Experience

Board Member and Treasurer at Monterey Peninsula Pride

Apr 2017 – Present

Registration Assistant at Veterans Transition Center of Monterey County

Aug 2016, Seaside, California

Assisted with volunteer registration at Monterey Veterans Stand Down 2016.

Geospatial Analyst at Regional Task Force on the Homeless

May 2009, San Diego, California

Worked with project manager to assess deficiencies in existing maps used for homeless census project. Used ArcGIS software to update and improve maps and data collection forms for use during future census taking. Learned about homeless situation both in San Diego and around the nation.