Hi there! My name is Dan.

I’m the Director of Data Science at the Cook County Assessor’s Office, where I help estimate the home values used to determine Cook County property taxes. My work at the Assessor’s office is part of a broader interest in institutional reform and pushing local governments to use modern data tools and techniques.

Before now, I was a grad student at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, where I researched healthcare and spatial accessibility.

In my free time, I like to read, rock climb, and hang out with my cat Mimi. I also love R and its amazing community, and briefly taught courses on how to use R for public policy work.


This website is heavily inspired by Tom MacWright’s blog, and I was motivated to try blogging by the work of Julia Evans.

This site has no ads, trackers, or writing generated by AI tools. It’s built with Hugo and uses minimal JavaScript. If you like this site, you can find the source on my GitHub.

All opinions on this site are my own.