Spencer Schien

Spencer Schien

Manager of Data & Impact

City Forward Collective

Biography

Hi there, I’m Spencer. I enjoy leveraging technology and data to drive better outcomes, especially for nonprofit, mission-driven organizations that face greater resource limitations than typical for-profit entities.

I have extensive experience in the nonprofit/NGO ecosystem, including a stint as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal. My deepest expertise is in the R programming language and Salesforce development, so my posts here will focus mainly on those two subjects.

This website is meant to showcase tools and techniques that have benefited me and my organization in managing data and leveraging technology. Nearly everything discussed here is built on open-source resources, so the main barrier for adoptions is intellectual rather than financial capital. My posts here should provide a leg-up in building that intellectual capital.

Finally, I’ve started taking on independent consulting projects. If you’d like to discuss how I might be able to help with your data project, please don’t hesitate to reach out (spencer.schien@gmail.com).

Interests
  • R Development
  • Salesforce Development
  • Web Development
  • Data Engineering/Database Design
  • Machine Learning
  • Data Visualization
Education
  • BA in Political Science and French, 2011

    University of Illinois

Professional Development

Certified Platform Developer I (PDI) developers understand how to develop and deploy custom business logic and custom interfaces using the programmatic capabilities of the Lightning Platform. They know when to use declarative versus programmatic methods, and can extend the Lightning Platform using Apex and Visualforce.
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Certified Administrators are Salesforce pros who are always looking for ways to help their companies get even more out of the Salesforce Platform through additional features and capabilities.
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Track entailed 22 courses (estimated 90+ hours) that combined statistical and machine learning techniques with R programming to analyze and interpret data.
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Experience

 
 
 
 
 
Manager of Data & Impact
City Forward Collective
Jul 2018 – Present Milwaukee, WI
Led three work streams in the roles of Data Manager, Grantmaking Manager, and Salesforce Administrator.
 
 
 
 
 
Program Director for Partner School Services
PAVE
Jan 2018 – Jun 2018 Milwaukee, WI
 
 
 
 
 
Program Support Specialist
PAVE
Nov 2015 – Dec 2017 Milwaukee, WI
Provided support for all organizational departments, especially strategic planning services, fundraising activities, and data analysis.
 
 
 
 
 
Sustainable Agriculture Extension Agent
Peace Corps Senegal
Sep 2012 – Nov 2014 Matam Region, Senegal
Worked with local farmers and gardeners to improve food security in the area through use of improved seed varieties and techniques.