Dheeraj was born in Queens, New York, and grew up traveling all over Asia. Traveling made him question the relationships between boundaries, physical geography, culture, and ethnic identity, all relevant to his work in political analytics and spatial analysis. He has worked for polling firms, labor unions, and CRM software manufacturers. Along with Siege Analytics, he currently works for a technology firm revolutionizing humanitarian aid, Mautinoa Technologies, where he serves as Head of Data and Analytics. He is also an advisor to data.world.
In his spare time, Dheeraj avidly studies Ving Tsun Kung Fu and Yin Style Baguazhang, plays his guitar, and spends time with his family.
John has worked on both Obama presidential campaigns and on multiple campaigns in Australia. He created walkability models to increase organizer efficiency, wrote code to optimize early voting by drive time to polls, and wrote an entire volunteer management database from scratch. He has also worked as a contractor for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) working to restore forests in Viet Nam, and for the College of William & Mary in Uganda, where he trained fishery scientists. John was also a member of the winning team in the Virginia Citizen Redistricting competition.
As an avid open source software advocate, John specializes in training others on open source GIS software, especially where use of open source software will allow cost savings to occur. He has created high quality print maps for several private clients.
John has a geography degree from the University of Arizona and received a J.D. from the College of William and Mary. He is a member of the Oregon State Bar.