Jacob Kovacs

I live in the beautiful city of Seattle with Casey Jaywork (boyfriend, intrepid traveler, consummate journalist). We moved here in 2012 so I could finish my undergraduate studies at the University of Washington. After graduation I worked as an operations improvement specialist, mediated disputes as a volunteer in county small claims court, and hosted Postbac Café as a space for mutual assistance on academic or professional projects. In autumn 2016 I returned to UW as an iSchool student, pursuing a masters in information management with specialization in data science alongside Clint Posey (best friend, global health aficionado, aspiring UX researcher and designer).

I’m interested in every step on the path from ideas to actions: the creation of reliable data through research and crowdsourcing; the storage, cleaning, and analysis of data; the circulation of information through effective presentations, documentation, visualizations, and team training; and the use of knowledge in shared decision-making, product design, program administration, and information systems design. 

I’m happy working with teams and doing small parts of big projects, but I’m happiest when I have full access to unstructured problems that are best addressed through the design or refinement of whole systems. I enjoy building organizations that are good ongoing learning environments, where people are valued and ideas flow readily into better services and experiences.