Chris Mathews, Data Scientist

Bringing my passions for data and civic innovation together have led me to the role of Wake County’s first Data Scientist where I hope to bring the county’s use of data forward in the areas of predictive and prescriptive analytics.

At 48 I went back to school to update my skills and prepare for a career in data analytics. When the opportunity to apply these skills at Wake County came up, I jumped on it. I may be new to the role of Data Scientist, but not to the county. I have spent the last 14 years on the Database Operations team as a database administrator.

I love solving problems and looking at them from various points of view. I’ve taken a “govie’s” mind set into the area of civic tech as well. For the past 5+ years I have been a member and leader of the local Code for America brigade in Raleigh and one of the coordinators for our annual civic tech conference called CityCamp NC.

When I’m not at work I spend my time enjoying craft beer and knowing too much trivia.