Amanda McFarland

Senior Data Analyst

Emendata, LLC

About Me

I am a senior data analyst at Emendata, LLC passionate about using the power of data analytics for good. My background in labor economics, women's studies, and data analytics inform my rigorous and nuanced approach to policy analysis. My previous research, conducted at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and at Vassar College, has spanned issues of gender and racial representation in the workforce, increasing access to education for underserved students, and the economic effect of Covid-19 shelter in place orders. Currently, I work on projects in the healthcare space at Emendata, LLC.  

I'm constantly looking for new learning opportunities to apply my skillset to effect positive change in the world. If you have an interesting data problem, reach out to to connect!

Work Experience

Jan 2021 - Present

Jul 2018 - Jul 2020

Oct 2016 - May 2018

Senior Data Analyst - Emendata, LLC

  • Works collaboratively with clients to develop innovative research methodologies that fit their agency's needs

  • Works independently on various workstreams, taking full ownership of all code and data work

  • Presents to clients, communicating results and guiding discussion

Research Assistant - Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

  • Assisted senior economists on research projects through literature review, data analysis, writing, and editing, culminating in academic working and published papers

  • Implemented advanced statistical and econometric techniques for research and economic forecasting purposes

  • Managed up to 5 long-term research projects concurrently

  • Developed and co-taught a technical onboarding curriculum for new research assistants on 6 programming languages over 18 sessions

  • Founded a Diversity in Economic Research group dedicated to increasing the recruitment and retention underrepresented minorities in the research assistant program

Research Assistant and Ford Scholar - Vassar College

  • Assisted Professor Sarah Pearlman in her research on women's underrepresentation in computer science and Professor Sukanya Basu on her research on immigrants' physical and financial health

  • Collected, cleaned, analyzed, and visualized data in Stata and GIS

  • Performed extensive literature reviews, identifying important papers in the field and synthesizing my findings into reports


Statistical Programming
  • SAS

  • Stata 

  • SQL

  • Excel

  • R

  • Python

  • GIS

  • Data Visualization

  • Research Design

  • Statistical Analysis​​​

  • Storytelling

  • Communication

  • Leadership

  • Collaboration

  • Presentation

  • Listening

  • Flexibility

  • Patience