Our Story

In the fall of 2016, a small group of Nantucket residents gathered to talk about their beloved home. They were surprised and a little dismayed to learn that they could not describe their community with any real clarity.

They knew friends that were being forced to move off-island because of high housing costs, but the available statistics said Nantucket was the fastest-growing county in the Commonwealth. They knew that tourists clogged their roads and shops every summer, but business owners struggled.

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What was happening? Why were businesses having such a hard time? And if friends were leaving, who was moving in, and why?

The group soon realized that their questions begged for statistical answers, and that a solid profile of Nantucket would be an invaluable community resource. So they started collecting and analyzing data to build a reliable, continually updated repository of data that will help islanders make smarter decisions. They called it a "data platform."

A year later, the Nantucket Data Platform is an energetic collaboration of data scientists, demographers, graphic artists, and writers, supported by local leaders from businesses, nonprofit groups, and government. Their research is ground-breaking, and the tools they are developing have great potential.

Meet the Team

We have assembled a talented team of Staff, Advisors, Trustees, and Thinking Partners to help us develop this innovative initiative and execute on its mission.

THE NDP TEAM

We've developed a skilled and dedicated team of data architects, data scientists, analysts and visualization experts contributing from near and far.  Below are a few of the core team.

Alan Worden

Founder

Data-driven, serial entrepreneur focused on helping authentic places become smarter and stronger.

Victoria Powers

Technologist

An entrepreneur who is passionate about using science and technology to have a positive impact on people's daily lives.

Becky Pfund

Chair, Advisory Board

CIO of Educational Testing Service and a long-time Nantucket summer resident.

ADVISORS

Members of the Advisory Board are champions of the NDP’s work. They share their experience and advice at four meetings per year and as opportunities and issues arise. They provide non-binding strategic advice to NDP and are not involved with day-to-day management.

Becky Pfund

Advisory Board Chair, Chief Information Officer, Educational Testing Service

Don Callahan

Global Head of Operations and Technology, Citigroup

Hugh Davis

Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Reimagine Holdings Group

Chris Glowacki

Managing Director Strategy & Development, Nantucket Cottage Hospital

Bruce Miller

Former Selectman and Director of The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank

Joe Smialowski

Former Chief Data Officer, Citigroup

Roger Vandenberg

Founder & President, Cariad Corporation

Irving Wladasky-Berger

Vistiting Lecturer, Information Technology, MIT Sloan School of Management

TRUSTEES

Trustees have made a generous, three-year commitment to help launch NDP. Beyond this important financial commitment, many of our Trustees have been available to advise on a wide range of issues.

Anthony Barsanti

CEO, LCOR and Former Managing Director, Lehman Brothers

Don Callahan

Global Head of Operations and Technology, Citigroup

Hugh Davis

Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Reimagine Holdings Group

Mark Famiglio

CEO / Founder, Cambryn Biologics

Chuck Geschke

Founder, Adobe

Jay Hanley

Principal, Hanley Development

John Johnson

Founder, Buzzfeed

John Loose

Former Chairman, Corning

Ian Loring

Managing Director, Bain Capital

Bruce Miller

Former Selectman and Director of The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank

Alice Rogoff

Former CFO, US News and World Report

Joe Smialowski

Former Chief Data Officer, Citigroup

Geoff Smith

Principal, G. J. Smith Inc.

Roger Vandenberg

Founder & President, Cariad Corporation

THINKING PARTNERS

Thinking Partners are supporters of NDP's work and are often involved in strategic projects.

Warren Brown

Senior Research Associate, Cornell's Program on Applied Demographics

William Clark

Research Professor of Geography, UCLA

Brad Edmondson

Former Editor-in-Chief, American Demographics Magazine

Peter Gevalt, Jr.

Director of Solutions, Silectis

Jonathan Schechter

Founder and Executive Director, Charture Institute

 

Jeff Tayman

Demographic and Statistical Lecturer,  U.C. San Diego Economics Department

 

David Swanson

Former Chairman, U.S. Census Bureau's Scientific Advisory Committee