Emily Gorcenski

I'm a data scientist with a background in research engineering and control theory. I have a degree in applied and computational mathematics and fifteen (give or take) years of professional experience. I'm also an anti-Nazi activist and work in data journalism.

As a consultant, my goal is to help clients build data-driven products and become data-driven companies. I help them define data platform solutions to support these products.
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Head of Data

  • ThoughtWorks
  • Aug 2018 - Present


Dec 28, 2021
Dec 28, 2021
Rebuilding my website
Long time since I've posted, but only because I've been busy!

Over the holiday break I've been rebuilding my personal website. I have a lot of frustrations with recent trends in web design: pages that take up a lot of screen real estate but show little information, lack of themes that effectively blend various concepts (i.e. a blog vs a CV vs a feed vs a gallery), and a general surrender to major social media sites as the mediator of online identity. In 2022 I want to change that. But that means I need to make my personal site something different.

In terms of requirements, I'm wanting the following:

  • the site must preserve existing document structure so as to not break links;
  • the site should be effective as a CV;
  • the site should highlight that I am a polyworker with multiple interests and skills;
  • the site should be content-driven;
  • the site should have extemperaneous content as visible as possible (e.g. links of things I'd like to share);
  • story views in the site should emphasize readability.
Lots of themes enable one of these features. But to have them all, I need to build my own.

So I am!

Now, I am no designer, but I'm happy with what I've come up with so far. I hope to have it launched soon. I'll post later sharing some of my findings!
Dec 05, 2021
Dec 05, 2021
Fighting nazis
Wrote a Slate article
I wrote a wrapup piece with Molly Conger about Sines v. Kessler and the cases presented by both the plaintiffs and the defense. As expected, the defense tried to make the case about free speech, about politics, and about counter-protest, when the case was really about none of those things.

But the Plaintiffs missed the mark sometimes, too, and Judge Moon made some baffling decisions along the way.

Oct 31, 2021
Oct 31, 2021
Published in Slate
Fighting nazis
My friend Molly Conger and I analyzed jury selection in Sines v. Kessler and talked about how it reflects the broader trend in American politics: overwhelming evidence facing off against populist conspiracy theories.

Oct 08, 2021
Oct 08, 2021
Speaking about Data Mesh
Spoke on a webinar
I'm speaking with my colleague Zhamak, the creator of Data Mesh, about the importance of self-service platform capabilities in the data mesh context. You should join!

Oct 04, 2021
Oct 04, 2021
Interviewed for The Real News
Fighting nazis
I spoke with my friend Molly about the danger of organizing with violent fascists to achieve your economic political objectives.

Sep 29, 2021
Sep 29, 2021
Speaking at BigData EU 2021
I'm on stage in a couple hours to talk about Data Mesh, Data Products, and SLOs at BigData EU!

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