Sophia Rodriguez

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service

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Sophia Rodriguez is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service of NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is a mixed methods researcher and data storyteller with a passion for innovation, entrepreneurship and education. She is currently the Director of Research & Analytics at NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship), a leading entrepreneurship education non-profit, leading organizational strategic efforts on research and data, which include NFTE’s Entrepreneurial Mindset Index (EMI) as well as other impact and evaluation studies. In her role, Sophia also develops meaningful data systems, builds actionable data stories and helps foster a data-driven culture. Her research has helped establish the reliability and validity of NFTE’s assessment to measure the entrepreneurial mindset.

Previously, Sophia was the Associate Director of Dean's Office and Undergraduate Initiatives at the NYU Stern School of Business, working alongside the Dean of the Undergraduate College to develop business curriculum and programming that kept pace with the needs of the new economy. She has also conducted research on a variety of policy-relevant issues, such as elections and public opinion, linkages between digital innovation and entrepreneurship, and behavioral mechanisms related to people’s propensity to save.

Sophia received her MPA in Policy from the NYU Wagner School of Public Service and holds a BA in Anthropology and Social Entrepreneurship, also from NYU.

In our increasingly data-reliant and data-saturated society, people who understand how to leverage data to generate insights have the power to change the world. Data visualization and storytelling is a crucial skill for policy and data analysts, communications and marketing professionals, and managers and decision-makers within nonprofits, social organizations and the government. With the advent of visualization tools that do not require coding, data storytelling is also an attainable skillset for people with varying levels of technical ability.

This hands-on introductory course will teach students how to develop meaningful data stories that make visual insights accessible for relevant audiences. Students will learn how to utilize Tableau, the industry standard in data visualization tools, to make sense of and visualize publicly available data. Students will leave the course having an online portfolio of data visualization projects that demonstrate the application of data storytelling in their preferred context.

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In our increasingly data-reliant and data-saturated society, people who understand how to leverage data to generate insights have the power to change the world. Data visualization and storytelling is a crucial skill for policy and data analysts, communications and marketing professionals, and managers and decision-makers within nonprofits, social organizations and the government. With the advent of visualization tools that do not require coding, data storytelling is also an attainable skillset for people with varying levels of technical ability.

This hands-on introductory course will teach students how to develop meaningful data stories that make visual insights accessible for relevant audiences. Students will learn how to utilize Tableau, the industry standard in data visualization tools, to make sense of and visualize publicly available data. Students will leave the course having an online portfolio of data visualization projects that demonstrate the application of data storytelling in their preferred context.

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