As the saying goes, there's strength in numbers. We've just enlisted Melissa Santos as our first-ever Data Scientist, and we couldn't be more excited. She's here to help us better understand our growing community and how we can provide the best tools and resources for you.
Melissa grew up in the south - partly in Louisiana, partly in Texas. She dove headfirst into math and science as a teen, taking college level classes and working towards her undergraduate while still in high school. Her interest in technology began with an internship at IBM, where she worked on internet security and marketing analytics. Her developing interests ultimately led her to three Masters degrees and a PhD. Since then, Melissa's worked for a variety of companies. Her experience ranges from small startups to Etsy, and now she's the newest member of our small-but-mighty team.
Melissa currently resides in Portland, Oregon. When she's not busy looking at numbers, she's active in her community - hosting craft parties, running a coworking group, and making new friends at Women Who Hack. She's always making (or baking) something, and trying to learn a language or three (currently French, German, and Swedish).
We're thrilled to add Melissa's experience and passion for community to our team, and we hope you're excited for the great things she'll help us build for you and independent artists everywhere.