is a machine learning and technology enthusiast who loves nothing more than seeing good values in data.
He is the founder and executive director of DataKind, an organization that brings together leading data scientists with high impact social organizations to better collect, analyze, and visualize data in the service of humanity.
Jake was most recently the data scientist in the New York Times R&D lab and remains an active member of the data science community, bringing his technical experience from his past work with groups like NASA, DARPA, Google, and Bell Labs to bear on the social sector.
Jake's work has been featured in leading academic journals and conferences (PAMI, ICCV), the Guardian, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and he
has been honored as a 2011 PopTech Social Innovation Fellow, a 2012 National Geographic Emerging Explorer, and a 2012 Diplomatic Courier 99
under 33 in Foreign Policy awardee.
holds an adjunct professorship in NYU's
ITP program where he
teaches introductory data analysis and is a faculty at large in the School of Visual Art's
Design for Social Innovation program.
He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Statistics from UCLA and can be seen on National Geographic Channel as the host of the Numbers Game.