I am a Product Manager for Yelp. My team and I focuses on the delivery and targeting capabilities of Yelps ad systems to ensure that proper ads are shown to the correct user.
My college education began at Illinois in the statistics department pursuing a degree in statistics & computer science. I always enjoyed Statistics in high school and was intrigued by how math could be used to solve real world problems.
Soon after starting my undergrad degree, I ended up changing my degree from CS & Stats to Stats & Economics. This transition was due to my interest in pursuing statistics in the business world. After graduating from U of I, I worked in a couple analytics focused companies in the Chicago area. In the meantime, I began my masters in Analytics at the University of Chicago.
After graduation, I pursued my goal of being a Data Scientist, at a company (AdRoll) where data science & statistics was no longer being treated as just a support function but was the essence of the foundation that the company was built upon. Executing on multiple projects over time helped me get a holistic view of the core data science product. This experience has allowed my transition from the Data Scientist role to my current role as Product Manager of Data Science.
After a few years working at AdRoll, I made a transition to Yelp(one of my favorite products) to focus on improving the company's ad-tech systems for its local businesses.
'13 B.S. Statistics & Economics