My name is Susana Marquez and I am nominating myself for the Stan Governing Body.
I currently live in New York and work as a Manager and Data Scientist at The Rockefeller Foundation. Prior to my current role, I was a data scientist at BuzzFeed, and a statistical geneticist at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in New York, where I used Stan to estimate the effects of different treatments on proteins to develop a test for the early detection of endometriosis. Like many of the other candidates, I’ve attended previous Stan conferences, including the first in NYC (2017) and StanCon Asilomar (2018). Additionally. I’ve been actively involved with the community that gathers in NYC for the meet-up events. I hold a Graduate Diploma in Statistics and Stochastic Processes from the University of Melbourne (Australia), and a BA (H1) from the University of Guadalajara (Mexico).
I work in philanthropy, where my job consists of assessing the quality of technical pitches. I am familiar with many legal, operational and communications challenges that nonprofit organizations face, and I think I can bring some of these skills and advice as an SGB candidate.
My interest and priorities as an SGB candidate:
a) Identify potential funding partnerships
- Identify funding mechanisms that can become sustainable in the medium-term.
b) Promote the use of Stan (and open-source software more generally)
- Often, companies worry about future maintenance of Stan code if their staff leave the company. Identifying and learning from cases where non-users were trained to be able to give continuity to projects can help develop a strategy to promote use in industry.
c) Advance diversity in the Stan community
There are several minority students and professionals who routinely use Stan and often travel to non-English/non-Western countries to provide training and promote the use of Bayesian techniques. I believe these folks should be more actively recognized and supported.
I am a member of R-Ladies Global and I believe this organization has been very successful in creating a welcoming environment in the R community. I think collaborating with similar groups can help foster a more inclusive community.
Disclaimer: My husband, James Savage, recently made a grant to Stan as he is also interested in seeing this project grow and he has been an active member since the early days of Stan. Before my nomination, I consulted with several members of the community and some current SGB members to make sure there are no conflicts of interest.
Manager and Data Scientist
The Rockefeller Foundation
suemarquez at gmail dot com