Zarek Drozda

Zarek Drozda is the Director of Data Science 4 Everyone, a national initiative and coalition based at the University of Chicago. Zarek helped launch DS4E in 2019, co-organizing a coalition of now 1000+ education leaders to advance data science and data literacy education in K-12 schools. Zarek has worked at the intersection of applied research, data, and policy. He served as a Data Science Fellow for the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES), where he led research on data science, artificial intelligence, blockchain, and other emerging technology education. While working at the Federal level, Zarek also advised the national COVID response, coordinating data analytics for an inter-agency team between the White House, Department of Education, and Center for Disease Control (CDC). Prior to Federal service, Zarek helped build a social impact incubator (the Center for RISC) with economist and Freakonomics co-author Steven Levitt. Zarek earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Chicago, and loves using data to tackle complex social problems.