I’m currently working as the R Spatial Advocate for the Center for Spatial Data Science at UChicago. Most recently, I did data science for transit at TransLoc and wrote a spatial econometrics thesis on the Detroit housing market.

In my day to day, I work closely with Luc Anselin, leading workshops for researchers at our center and building out spatial analysis resources for applied social science research. I also speak at conferences about spatial data science and methods.

I founded R-Ladies Chicago, which is the Chicago branch of a global organization whose mission is to promote gender diversity in the R community. We started in July 2017 and have expanded to 700+ members so far, putting on 15+ events for the Chicago R community. Other organizations I’m affiliated with include Chi Hack Night, Software Carpentry, rOpenSci, and NASA Datanauts.

I’m currently in the process of organizing three events for the Chicago R community, including a women’s package workshop, an unconference, and a 1-day conference. I’m always happy to chat about my experiences organizing these type of things (and more), so feel free to schedule a chat to meet in-person or online.

You can also find me on Twitter @CivicAngela, where I post about #rstats, #rspatial, and #RLadies (and occasionally live-tweet a conference). Off the web, you can find me doing a crossword, playing a game of ultimate frisbee, cooking something tasty, or traversing Chicago via bike, bus, or train.