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Madeline Pickens
Senior Data Scientist
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  • Madeline Pickens is a senior data scientist on the Technology and Data Science team at the Urban Institute. She supports trainings, research, and analysis relating to data privacy.

    Before joining Urban, Pickens worked as a data analyst at the Universal Service Administrative Company, improving broadband access. She also was a graduate fellow in the University of Virginia’s Social and Decision Analytics division. 

    Pickens holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Arizona, where she was a Flinn scholar, and a master’s degree in data science for public policy from Georgetown University, where she was a Whittington scholar. She is an adjunct professor at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy.

    Outside Affiliations
    Georgetown University, McCourt School of Public Policy
    Adjunct Professor

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