September 26 – Open Data and Community Impact,
a panel discussion with
Yogesh Chawla – Dane County Board District 6, and
Kara Kratowicz – Data Projects Coordinator for the City of Madison
Wednesday, September 26, 1 – 2PM in the Steenbock BioCommons
Free and open to UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students
Join us for a panel discussion on the impact open data can have on important community topics like elections, social equity, public safety, and lake levels. We’ll hear from our guest speakers on how they use data in their roles, with time for Q+A following the discussion.
Yogesh Chawla is the Dane County Board Supervisor in District 6. By day, he is a justice information sharing specialist and focuses on developing open source technology solutions for a variety of local, state, and federal entities. Over the past 18 years, he has lived in Madison and volunteered on a variety of local and state campaigns and is also a poll worker. When not engaged in politics, he volunteers in the community with his wife Jodi Vander Molen and daughter Marigold Chawla. As a family, they invest their time in raising money for groups that share their vision of a more equitable society. Yogesh is the Yahara representative of the Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Yahara (SASY) Neighborhood Association. In his free time, he is a huge baseball fan and enjoys the ever expanding live music scene in Madison.
Karalyn (Kara) Kratowicz is the Data Projects Coordinator at the City of Madison in the Finance Department. Her position was created in 2015 out of the Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative to bring a concentrated focus to the way the city allocates resources by assisting in the launch of outcome budgeting. Her work is primarily comprised of project management, managing cross functional teams, and ensuring transparency through open data. Kara started the Data Management Team at the City of Madison to better leverage data as an asset in the decision making process. She is currently facilitating the implementation of Results Madison, an effort designed to tie each City service to the outcomes that matter most to our residents through the creation of a performance management system. Kara received her undergraduate (B.S. Sociology) and graduate (M.S. Social Work) degrees from UW-Madison. She worked as a Policy Analyst and KidStat Analyst at the Department of Children and Families prior to City employment. In her free time, Kara serves as the Co-Director for New Leaders Council. She is passionate about moving families out of poverty and eliminating racial disparities. She believes in continuous improvement in personal and professional spheres and always open to making new community connections. Connect with Kara on LinkedIn or reach out via email at email@example.com.
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