about jeff

Jeff Chen is the Chief Innovation Officer of the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) where he leads machine learning research and alternative data. A statistician and data science executive, he has led data initiatives in over 35 domains, working with stakeholders such as firefighters, climatologists, technologists. Prior to BEA, he was the Chief Data Scientist and Deputy Chief Data Officer of the U.S. Department of Commerce, a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow with NASA and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy focused on data science for environmental issues; served as the first Director of Analytics at the NYC Fire Department where he engineered algorithms for fire prediction; and was among the first data scientists at the NYC Mayor's Office under then-Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Jeff started his career as an econometrician at an international engineering consultancy where he was a super fan of BEA’s data products. In the evenings, he is an adjunct professor of data science at Georgetown University, serves as as an advisor to a promising ML startup, and generates soccer analytics insights for a Major League Soccer team.


2019 Big Data and Economic Forecasting Workshop hosted by Centre for Advanced Studies, European Commission
Presentation: "Off to the Races: A Comparison of Machine Learning and Alternative Data for Predicting Economic Indicators"
May 16, 2019 - Ispra, Italy

Workshop on Big Data, Digital Economy and Sustainable Development hosted by the United Nations ECLAC and Departamento Administrativo Nacional de Estadística (Colombia)
Invited talk: "Data Science for Economic Measurement"
May 7, 2019 - Bogotá, Colombia

Blending Data @ Georgetown's Massive Data Institute
Panel discussion on data blending policy and practice with Provost Bob Groves.
April 24, 2019 - Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

The Workshop on Environmental Economics and Data Science (TWEEDS) 2019
Talk on "Machine learning, weather predictions, and school closures".
March 30, 2019 - Portland, OR

Strata Data Conference 2019
Presenting "Deploying data science for national statistics".
March 28, 2019 -San Francisco, CA