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Data Scientist

With double degree in Bachelor of Science in Business Informatics (De Paul University, Chicago) and International Business Administration (Linkoping University, Sweden), Maksim has extensive career in Data Analytics. His recent position was the Chief Data Officer, City of San Diego, California, USA (2014-August 2019).


Leading and shaping strategy :

  • Engage City Leadership to create data strategy, building an award-winning program .

  • Standardize process for engaging departments to find problems and ship solutions.

  • Advise cities, states, countries as member of Harvard Civic Analytics Network .

  • Coordinate 65 staff from 35 departments to build the City’s first data inventory.

  • Partner with universities and private sector to implement projects and recruit talent.

  • Prioritize tasks and design remote-friendly workflow for a team of 3-7 contributors.

  • Advise on and operationalize data-enabled legislation such as SD Scooter policy .

  • Deliver reports , presentations, and workshops to educate and promote data use.

  • Save over $500k annually by influencing technology choices and negotiations.


Delivering software and running a team :

  • Use GDAL, PostGIS and QGIS to conduct geospatial analysis and build data pipelines.

  • Launch the City’s open source data portal , publishing 100+ datasets to the public.

  • Deploy Apache Airflow on Docker, for data pipelines automating critical operations.

  • Envision, manage and launch multiple products including PerformSD , StormVIO ,

  • DataSD and StreetsSD using Node, Polymer, React, AWS Lambda and PostGIS.

  • Recruit a diverse team, coaching them into effective Python, R and JS developers.

  • Deploy infrastructure on AWS, DigitalOcean & on-prem to serve 30+ departments.

  • Provide dev tools, process, and standardize workflows with Docker and CircleCI .

  • Deploy City’s Tableau Server instance on AWS, allowing data visualization at scale.


DataCamp - Instructor (2019 - Present; Remote) :

  • Design, create content, and code for AWS and Python course.

Truman National Security Project - Security Fellow (2018 - Present; Remote) :

  • Educate politicians and journalists about cybersecurity and data privacy.

Code For America - Fellow, Puerto Rico Team (2014, San Francisco, Puerto Rico) :

  • Led a team of 3 to ship PrimerPeso in Node / Postgres.

  • Started Code4PR data community in San Juan and organized multiple events.

Promet Source, Inc - Senior Developer/Solutions Architect (2013, Chicago, US) :

  • Managed teams of up to 11 engineers to deliver advanced Drupal projects.

  • Implemented the company’s first standardized CI / CD Workflow.

  • Implemented DevOps best practices. Trained internal and external teams.




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