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I am Rob Jefferson, a Philadelphia-based policy researcher, programmer (of sorts), data geek, punk rocker, and flâneur.

Work

I currently work for Solutions for Progress, where I am in the systems group. In this capacity, I work primarily on back-end tools for other developers, as well as for The Benefit Bank. More recently, I have been working on web application development with JavaScript and Django.

Previous to that, I was the research associate to Solutions for Progress's CEO, specializing in the development and analysis of innovative social enterprises. My work covered a variety of areas, from devising new models of urban farming to methods of improving the affordability of health care, from education to taxation.

I received my undergraduate degree in economics from Carnegie Mellon in 2008 (with some courses in computer science, urban history, and philosophy of measurement in there for good measure), and spent time from 2008 to 2010 as a graduate student at Northwestern University's economics department, where I subsisted on a steady diet of sandwich estimators (biased and otherwise), Pareto equilibria, and Wiener processes.

In my past, I have worked in several fields and industries, from business analysis for retail, to system administration for cancer research. If you want to hire me (for data analysis, statistical work, and so forth), I have a résumé (LaTeX source).

Assorted

I have a variety of interests, including photography, music, mathematics, sports, and programming.

In my past, I had a radio show on WRCT. (Though if anyone has suggestions on getting back on the air in Philadelphia, let me know!)

I can be found at a number of other places, including but not limited to:

Send me email at "robert dot jefferson at techstep dot tychonoff dot org". (Remove, of course, one of the "dot"s and the reference to the esteemed Russian topologist.)