The People Behind the Code

Here at Datawheel, we see our small size as one of our greatest strengths. Our hand-picked team of data experts, developers, and designers embody all of the skills necessary to deliver breath-taking solutions for your data needs — just the right balance of technical prowess and design savvy.

César is the ABC Career Development Professor at the MIT Media Lab and director of the Lab’s Macro Connections group. He has ten years of experience in metadata analysis and representation and has been involved in over 30 academic publications exploring its possible uses.

César Hidalgo

Alex comes to Datawheel from the MIT Media Lab, where he focused on data decision-making tools and using visual techniques to understand data, in addition to creating the OEC as his master’s thesis.

Besides data and design, Alex spends his free time engaging in every type of art. He even plays guitar in a band called The Hard Clean.

Alex Simoes

Dave holds a dual-degree in graphic design and multimedia studies from Northeastern University and has past experience in print design, video game production and as art director of a Boston-based music magazine.

When not hooked into his computers Dave likes to kick back with a cheesy comic book movie and go for long walks on the beach with his four-legged friend, Lucy.

Dave Landry

Jonathan is a graduate of the MIT Media Lab by way of Goldman Sachs, where he worked as a software developer to improve the firm’s virtualization and cloud computing infrastructure.

Jonathan previously volunteered with the City of Cambridge Broadband Taskforce. On a good day, he may be spotted cheering at Fenway as the Red Sox lose to the Yankees.

Jonathan Speiser

Chief Software Architect
Melissa is a Sapient-trained web designer who graduated from Rice University with a degree in Economics. She’s Datawheel’s go-to design expert whose artistic skill ranges from the physical to the digital.

On the side Melissa curates a gallery with artists from marginalized communities.

Melissa Teng

Manuel Aristarán is an MIT Media Lab graduate, where he researched and built data visualization tools. Before that, he was a Knight Foundation/Mozilla Open News fellow, worked on a satellite mission and built tools for making public finances more transparent. He is the primary author of Tabula, an open source tool for liberating data out of PDF files. He lives in Cambridge with his wife Luisina.

Manuel Aristarán

Data Craftsman
Sabrina is currently pursing a degree in Computer Science and Interactive Media from Northeastern University. She's most excited about art, design and technology. Besides school, she also designs and develops for Northeastern's campus newspaper as well as Scout, Northeastern's student lead design studio.

Sabrina Kantor

Front-End Developer Intern
In former lives, Walther was a lawyer and a martial arts instructor. Now he writes back-end services and wrangles data. On the side, he plays the game of Go and practices yoga.

Walther Chen

Full Stack Software Developer
Lucy is a graduate of Petco's 2012 obedience training program, with a focus on chasing squirrels and barking at postal service workers. In her spare time she enjoys sleeping, because everybody knows Lucy is just a little lazybones. She also has a debilitating fear of water.


Chief Barking Officer


Matt Rosadini


Gena Hong

UX Designer

Eli Munn

Developer Intern

Join the Team

We are always looking to meet interested, talented people who could potentially fit within our team. If you think that describes you, don't hesitate to reach out.

Front-End Developer/Designer

We are looking for someone with a keen eye for design and usability to help bring our current and future products from mockup to implementation.


We are looking for someone with a keen eye for design and usability to help bring our current and future products from mockup to implementation.

Personal Qualities

  • Self-starter, able to work independently
  • Familiar with working on a small fast-paced team
  • Willingness to learn and develop new technologies


  • 3+ years experience with front-end web languages 
(e.g. HTML, CSS, Javascript)
  • Familiarity with Node.js environments
  • Experience with rapid prototyping
  • Experience in product design is a huge plus


  • Laid back work atmosphere
  • Potential for international travel
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