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

Co-founder
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

Co-founder
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

Co-founder
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
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
Jimmy is a Northeastern University Computer Science graduate with over 10 years of experience in Game Design, Web Programming, and Distributed Databases.

When not coding, Jimmy enjoys playing music, cycling, storytelling, board games, and inside jokes.

Jimmy Mullen

Full Stack Engineer
Pachá is a WTO scholar with a Trade Policy specialization. Before joining Datawheel, he interned at the Embassy of Chile in China and taught at the University of Chile while contributing to the Observatory of Economic Complexity.

When he's not writing code he's watching Netflix or doing something good for the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Pachá 帕夏

(aka Mauricio Vargas Sepúlveda)
Noble Data Analyst
Gabriela graduated from the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso, where she focused on visual design, information design, and user experience. Previously, she worked in the Office of Photographic Archive of her university and then as a designer in a small web design agency called Matsya in Chile.

In her spare time, she is a lover of tea, cats, biking, walks and the art of illustration with watercolors.

Gabriela Pérez

Visual Designer
Pala has a degree in System Analysis focused in frontend development and interactive data visualization. An open data activist, he has built solutions and interactive pieces based on data driven journalism. He previously worked as a software developer and consultant in the modernization units for both the Argentinian and Chilean governments.

Music, soccer, bike and banana lover.

Pablo H. Paladino

Data Visualization Alchemist
Originally from Colombia, Natalia is a graduate from The Fletcher School, Tufts University with a Master in International Business. She worked for over 5 years in social innovation, collaborating with governments, nonprofits, startups, national and multinational corporations in Latin America.

When she’s not reading about up and coming technology, you can find her sailing, hiking, or paddle boarding.

Natalia Prieto

Business Development
James grew up in Tampa, FL, where he obtained a relatively unimpressive BA in Advertising at USF. He later moved to Boston, MA in his search for things like seasons and culture. After designing and building marketing websites at a tiny advertising agency for a few years, he's now excited to solve the problem of making complex data digestible and understandable.

James also likes to spend an excessive amount of time writing progressive rock music and playing video games.

James Ferrell

Product Designer
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
Nick is currently studying computer science and interaction design at Northeastern University. He is super excited about all things web development and is fascinated by the intersection of art, data, and technology. In his free time Nick loves writing and recording music, running, and creating algorithmic art and (mostly impractical, whimsical, and fun) experimental web apps.

Nick Bond

Front-End Developer Intern
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.

Lucy

Chief Barking Officer

Alumni

Manuel Aristarán

Data Craftsman

Alice Zhou

Curriculum Design Intern

Chloe Blazey

Curriculum Design Intern

Eli Munn

Developer Intern

Gena Hong

UX Designer

Matt Rosadini

Administration

Melissa Teng

Designer

Daniel Smilkov

Algorithm Guru