AJ Picture - Career 1

Hey there, I’m AJ! ๐Ÿ‘‹

My personal & professional interests lie at the intersection of data analytics, behavior change, and human consciousness.

Currently, I’m leading all-things data at Oak Meditation in Portland, Oregon. As the company’s first Data Scientist, my job is to make Oak a data-driven company by weaving insights into every aspect of the business.

Before I joined Oak, I was running a data science consultancy for mindfulness-technology companies (pretty niche, I know) called Conscious Insights. While there, I had the opportunity to oversee a team of data scientists and work with a handful of industry leaders to advance missions I care deeply about. You can read more about my decision to leave Conscious Insights for Oak here (hint: it wasn’t an easy one).

Iโ€™m also the host of the Data Journeys podcast, where it’s my job to interview world-class Data Scientists about their learning journeys.ย I’ve been speaking with guests ranging from the US Military to Silicon Valley, from the top-ranks of academia to down-under in Australia, and in each conversation, the goal is to have them tell their story and explore the strategies, tactics, and tools that have helped them along the way.

Some recent guests have included Andrew Ng (Coursera), Fernando Perez (Jupyter Notebooks), Jure Leskovec (Pinterest), Jim Guszcza (Deloitte Consulting), Dan Wulin (Wayfair), Anthony Scriffignano (Dun & Bradstreet), and Travis Oliphant (Anaconda).

You can find additional info on the show and past episodes here.

And for those wondering how data science and mindfulness came together, there were two key catalyzing events that sent me down this unique (and depending on how you look at it, somewhat strange) path:

  1. On April 27th 2016, I started meditating everyday. Within 30 days, the practice naturally healed my (at-the-time severe) depression and led to a series of other healthy habits. 900+ consecutive days later, I have yet to miss a single day of meditation. See here for the full story.
  2. In August 2017, I spent a month living with indigenous tribes in Cambodia and Borneo-Malaysia. During this time, I learned quite a bit about fear, limiting beliefs, and accelerated learning. Living off the land brought me down to ground-zero and led me to master data science in <6 months. See here for the full story.

If you’re interested in learning more, these two articles linked above will tell you a great deal about who I am, what I care about, and where I derive meaning from.

And you can of course feel free to reach out to me directly via my contact page.