Leah Tivoli

Interim Director

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Leah has over 10 years of public sector experience. She is passionate about multisector partnerships and governance based on data and evidence. Leah is particularly proud of her recent collaboration across public, non-profit, private, and academic partners to design and scale high-throughput, low-barrier COVID-19 testing sites that have served over 1.2 million people as well as community vaccination sites that removed barriers for vulnerable populations to access vaccines. Outside of work, Leah loves mountaineering, sailing, and other outdoor pursuits. Leah holds Master's degrees in Public Health and Public Administration from the University of Washington. 


Madeliene Hernandez

Project Lead

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In my experience working in nonprofits, I quickly learned that many of the systems at play that impacted the families and students I was working with were designed by local, state and federal government. I felt that the greatest impact I could make through my career was through working for local government in hopes of reshaping systems and policies so that our residents have access to the tools and resources they need to thrive in the city of Seattle. In my short time at the City, my favorite project so far has been working with our City directors to develop a roadmap of how we can reimagine our city to be more inclusive and equitable post-pandemic. Working across the City departments was a great way to get a crash course of how city government works and was so inspiring to hear all the ideas our City leaders and staff had for how we could do our work better.

My work largely focuses on project management and strategy development and I hope that it is a discipline that more prevalent in local government in the next 5 years! I truly believe how we operate internally is directly reflected in the way we operate externally and I think having more strong project management and strategy development in our internal operations could make a real, positive impact on how effective we are at driving changes for our most vulnerable residents.


Michael Wypyszinski

Senior Data Engineer

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Mike is an IT professional focusing on data engineering, automation, and analytics. He has been working with data, databases, and data warehouses for over 20 years and is a graduate of 7 University of Washington Extension Certificate programs covering a wide range of disciplines.

Mike chose to work for the City of Seattle because it is an opportunity to effect real, positive change for people and an opportunity to be part of something bigger than himself.When Mike isn't thinking about the next data engineering solution to tackle, you can find him playing games - board games, tabletop roleplaying games, wargames, etc. on the computer or in person with friends.

Ken Wong

Data Analyst & Data Engineer

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Ken is a Database-centric Data Engineer whose main focus is managing the flow of data on analytic databases within data warehouses. He has been involved in designing, creating, populating analytic databases and data warehouses for over 5 years. Kenneth graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Statistics. Prior to working for the City of Seattle, Kenneth was a Business Systems Analyst at Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW). CHPW provides Medicaid and Medicare health plans to Washingtonians, which sparked his desire in wanting to work for local governments where he can better serve the people in the community. 


Paige St. George

Team Coordinator

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Paige went to Washington State University and has a Bachelor's degree in Education and a Master's degree in Human Development. She began her professional career in education and community mental health before transitioning to information technology as an ERP Business Process Analyst. After 12 years working from home and raising her family, Paige joined the i-team in 2015 to support them in all things administrative, and continues this role for the IP team.


Steve Barham

Data Analytics Lead

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Steve is a data scientist with over 10 years of experience in applied data analytics, strategic evaluation, policy analysis, computational methods, and visual design. He uses data science techniques and advanced data technologies on projects that are often involve equity evaluation, spatial analysis, predictive modeling, data engineering, and rapid prototyping. He joins us from the Seattle Department of Transportation where he has focused on pressing transportation issues in areas such as climate action, equity and inclusion, shared mobility, micro-mobility, and performance management. Steve enjoys collaborating with the civic technology community and has designed and led projects at the University of Washington Data Science for Social Good Program. Steve has graduate degrees from the UW in Public Administration and Civil and Environmental Engineering but picked up data and design skills through online courses, self-learning, and project collaboration. Steve lives in cooperative housing with his partner and two homeschooling kids. 


Chrissie Grover-Roybal

Evaluation Manager

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Chrissie manages strategic initiatives at the City of Seattle with special focus on education and policing. Design team co-lead and project manager for Seattle Promise, a mayoral initiative to provide two years of free community college to public high school graduates. Chrissie was a Government Innovation Fellow with the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab. She previously worked at Mathematica Policy Research where she helped evaluate programs funded by HUD, the Department of Education, and CNCS's Social Innovation Fund. She earned her MPA from the Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs with a certificate in urban policy. 

Elise Kalstad

CiviForm Product Manager

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Elise works to bridge the gap between resident needs and City programs while partnering with local organizations to spur innovation.  Elise has experience in community healthcare and local government-leading quality improvement, risk management and patient advisory programs. She enjoys using data to drive improvements that have direct impacts on residents and most recently led Seattle IT's performance management program. Elise earned her undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Germanics and her Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington. 

Paulina Deschamps-Ramírez

Seattle Rescue Plan Project Manager/Advisor

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Paulina brings 10 years of experience designing projects to advance social impact and community-led development in Mexico and the US. She has collaborated with rural and indigenous communities, federal and local government, multilateral finance institutions, and domestic and international civil society to design evidence-based policies, conduct impact analysis on subsidies for the rural poor, and enhance fiscal transparency and government openness in Mexico. Her experience also accounts for the first design evaluation on rural development policies and subsidies aimed to reduce deforestation and forest degradation in Mexico. In the US, Paulina worked for The Starbucks Foundation and the company's Global Social Impact team where she launched a new, placed-based grantmaking strategy to support small nonprofit organizations across the US and Canada. Originally from Mexico City, Paulina has a BA in History from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), a MSc in Environmental Policy from the University of Oxford, and is a graduate of the Center for Learning on Evaluation and Results - Latin America and the Caribbean (CLEAR-LAC). Paulina has served in City of Seattle's Environmental Justice Committee and is a proud participant of the People's Academy for Community Engagement (PACE) from the Department of Neighborhoods.