Sean McElwee


Sean is a co-founder of Data for Progress. He has spent half a decade bringing cutting edge data analysis to progressive advocacy and his work has been cited by politicians at the national, state and local level. His writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Nation, Vox and The Washington Post. His research interests include race, inequality, voting and money in politics. Sean uses R and Stata for analysis.

Colin McAuliffe


Colin is a co-founder of Data for Progress. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University where he studied computational solid mechanics. His research interests include public opinion polling, geographic factors in politics, and local organizing. Colin uses Python for analysis.

Jon Green


Jon is a co-founder of Data for Progress and a Ph.D. student at the Ohio State University. His work has appeared in Science, Perspectives on Politics, Electoral Studies, The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics, and The Washington Post. His research interests include public opinion, public deliberation, and text analysis. Jon uses R for analysis.

Julian Brave NoiseCat (@jnoisecat)

Julian is Director of Green New Deal Strategy at Data for Progress. He is also a correspondent for Real America with Jorge Ramos and contributing editor at Canadian Geographic. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Nation, The Paris Review and many other publications.

Kate Aronoff (@katearonoff)

Kate is a Senior Fellow at Data For Progress. Kate is a Brooklyn-based writer covering climate and American politics, a fellow at the Type Media Center and a contributing writer for The Intercept whose writing has appeared in The Guardian, Rolling Stone and Harpers, among other outlets. She is the co-author, with Alyssa Battistoni, Daniel Aldana Cohen and Thea Riofrancos, of A Planet to Win (Verso 2019); the co-editor, with Michael Kazin and Peter Drier, of We Own The Future (New Press 2020); and the author of The New Denialism (Bold Type Books 2020).

Billy Fleming (@joobilly)

Billy is a senior fellow with Data for Progress. He is the Wilks Family Director of the Ian McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology at the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design. He is an alum of the Obama Administration's White House Domestic Policy Council, a co-author of the Indivisible Guide, co-editor of Design With Nature Now (Lincoln, 2019) and The Adaptation Blueprint (Island Press, exp 2021), author of Drowning America (Penn Press, 2020) and is trained as a landscape architect (University of Arkansas) and city planner (University of Texas at Austin and Penn). His writing has appeared in The Guardian, CityLab, Dissent, Houston Chronicle, and Places Journal. He grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas and now lives with a perfect dog (Pepper) and a chonky cat (Pickles) in South Philly.

Daniel Aldana Cohen (@aldatweets)

Daniel is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he directs the Socio-Spatial Climate Collaborative, or (SC)2. He works on climate mapping and the politics of climate change. In 2018-19, he was a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. His writing and research have appeared in Nature, The International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Public Culture, The Guardian, The Nation, Jacobin, Dissent, and elsewhere. He is the co-author, with Kate Aronoff, Alyssa Battistoni, and Thea Riofrancos, of A Planet to Win (Verso 2019)

Jason Ganz (@jasnonaz)

Jason is a senior adviser to Data for Progress. He is a senior data analyst at a tech startup who likes to use his spare time crunching numbers for progressive causes. His mission is making clean, accurate and accessible data on progressive issues available to everyone. Jason uses Python and SQL for analysis.

Mijin Cha (@jmijincha)

Mijin Cha is an Assistant Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy at Occidental College, a fellow at the Worker Institute at Cornell University, and a senior fellow at Data for Progress. She is also on the board of the Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment. Her research focuses on labor-climate advocacy and just transition. Mijin co-wrote the climate jobs report that led to Gov. Cuomo pledging $1.5 billion to create 40,000 climate jobs. Her writing and research has appeared in outlets such as the Fordham Environmental Law Review, Work and Occupations, the Routledge Handbook on Climate Justice, the Guardian, Dissent, and the American Prospect.

Jake Higdon (Jake_Higdon)

Jake is a senior policy adviser to Data for Progress, providing support to the Green New Deal portfolio. He works on federal climate and innovation policy in Washington, D.C., with a particular interest in building rapid, just, and inclusive economic transition. Jake was previously a researcher at Columbia University, private sector data analyst, and in the Obama administration.

Shira Mitchell (@shiraamitchell)

Shira is a senior adviser to Data for Progress. She is a statistician and slow thinker. After her PhD at Harvard and postdoc at Columbia, she spent two years at Mathematica Policy Research working on small area estimation and causal inference for federal agencies (mostly Medicare and Medicaid). Now she is at the NYC Mayor's Office of Data Analytics (MODA), working with city agencies to deploy and critique data-driven policy.

Mark Paul (MarkVinPaul)

Mark Paul is a Senior Fellow at Data for Progress. He is an assistant professor of economics and environmental studies at New College of Florida and a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. He is a political economist working at the intersection of inequality and climate change. His popular writing has appeared in The American Prospect, The Nation, Jacobin, and The Hill, among other outlets.

Greg Carlock (@gregorytcarlock)

Greg is Green New Deal Research Director at Data for Progress. He holds a Masters in Environmental Policy and is a researcher in climate action and data based in Washington D.C. He specializes in greenhouse gas accounting, U.S. climate and energy policy, and online data platform development. Greg uses his brain for analysis and leaves the data science to the experts.

Emily Mangan

Emily is a policy adviser for Data for Progress. She provides research support and analysis for the Green New Deal. She is a climate and environment researcher based in Washington, DC. She wants to find better ways for progressives to communicate climate policy solutions. 

Ryan O’Donnell (@RyanODonnellPA)

Ryan has worked on progressive campaigns and issues since 2007, both in organizing and analytics. His interests include voter file targeting, Democratic primaries, and utilizing data and tech to increase efficiency in organizing. Ryan uses R, SQL, and Tableau for analysis.

Amanda Novello (@NovelloAmanda)

Amanda is a senior fellow at Data for Progress. She is a policy associate with the Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative at The Century Foundation. She was previously a researcher and Assistant Director at the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis at The New School for Social Research. Amanda uses R for analysis.

Ethan Winter (@EthanBWinter)

Ethan is a senior adviser to Data for Progress, where he oversees the newsletter. He is a senior at Bowdoin College where he studies mathematics and government with a focus on political parties and polarization.

Rynn Reed (@RynnReed)

Rynn is a progressive political organizer, consultant and researcher. She wants to see communities empowered through electoral outreach and reliable data that reflects the true needs and wants of the public.

Vijay Das (@vijdas)

Vijay Das is a below average basketball player, below average swimmer, and below average cyclist. He is a senior policy fellow with Data for Progress. Vijay is excited to demonstrate how progressive ideas are popular and can work. He's eager to remake our multi-racial democracy to work for the many, not the few. Vijay is a graduate of UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy and has served in every level of government, coast to coast.

John Ray (@johnlray)

John is a senior adviser to Data for Progress. John is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of California-Los Angeles. He wants to make data work for everyone. He mostly works in R and Python.

Nic Fishman (@njwfish)

Nic is a senior adviser to Data for Progress. He is a student at Stanford University, studying data science. He’s interested in applying machine learning and deep learning to bring new perspectives to hard policy problems. Nic uses Python, Matlab, and C for analysis.

Avery Wendell

Avery is a Master of Public Policy at the Havard Kennedy School and a Master of Business Administration at the Wharton School of Business, with a focus on environmental investing, economics, and politics. Prior to grad school, he worked as a data scientist for the Ohio Democratic Party and for several digital advertising firms. He uses Tableau and Python for analysis.

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