After gaining an undergraduate degree from Harvard, I came to the UK to study law. During my studies I worked with Lawyers without Borders, tracking human organ trafficking figures and putting together data sets for lawyers to present at a United Nations meeting. I quickly became interested in the intersections of law, policy, and data, which led me to working as a research assistant in behavioural economics. From here, I joined an education technology company to work on behavioural solutions in-house.

I designed and implanted prompts and wrote processes to automate these prompts sent directly to student’s mobile phones. Ultimately, in reading and science skills, pupils in year 7 and 9 who received these messages ended up several weeks ahead than those who did not.

I presented these findings and others regularly at Edutech conferences across the UK, and was regularly recruited to consult with individual schools with unique problems that were looking for technological solutions. Working more often with data from this research, and understanding the importance of privacy when handling student’s data, I moved to working in pure data analytics roles.

More recently, I’ve been working at Bloomsbury Publishing, where I gained the opportunity to implement and design much of the GDPR program. From advising marketers on handling of children’s data during contests to responding to Subject Access Requests, I’ve gained valuable project management skills and deepened my understanding of IT systems. I’ve worked on the development of new features in the company’s bibliographic data system, designed systems training for all new starters, and gave finance-specialised training on GDPR to the 25-person finance team.

I hope to continue to develop my career focusing on data privacy and analytics.