Dr. Kristen Honey and Dr. David Maron join #SPSM to chat about innovation at the National Day of Civic Hacking at Johns Hopkins Sibley Center of Innovation, 9/24/17, 9pCT.
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Dr. Kristen Honey is a Senior Policy Analyst at the White House, Office of Management and Budget, in Washington, D.C. Her portfolio in previous roles at the Office of Science and Technology included open data, My Data (e.g., Blue Button My Data health IT interoperability, Green Button My Data energy), and data-driven innovations for invisible illness, mental health, and the President’s policy priorities. Kristen was a 2013-2015 AAAS S&TP Fellow through the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) at U.S. Department of Energy EERE Strategic Programs. Prior employers include NOAA Fisheries, USGS, CALFED, Environmental Defense Fund, the private consulting firm Eastern Research Group, and her own co-founded technology start-up company.
She is originally from Portland, Maine, and the small island community of Long Island, Maine. Kristen holds a Stanford University PhD in Environment & Resources, which focused on ecology, while simultaneously earning a PhD Minor in Civil & Environmental Engineering. Her Masters degree in Environmental Studies is from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She completed her undergraduate degree at Stanford University in Human Biology with Honors.
Kristen brings unique experience and passion for synthesizing science and applying it to real-world policy and management challenges. She gravitates to “wicked problems”: public health, Lyme disease, invisible illness, ecosystem resilience, energy security, climate change, and transforming scientific methods through open data, open source, and open science. Across these diverse topics and experiences, one common denominator is addressing real-world challenges through a problem-solving lens of complex, adaptive systems and open science. Irrespective of context, Kristen is a problem solver with deep desire for pragmatic, sustainable, and long-term solutions that make a difference on the ground and in people’s lives.
Dr. David Maron is a biostatistician who is passionate about using big data to eliminate the blight of suicide in communities across the world. He is known for leading VASPI, the release of the first open synthetic clinical data set about suicide, and helping to connect people driven to do good.