Using Data Science to Serve the American People



Lucas Merrill Brown

Data Scientist and Digital Expert, US Digital Service, White House
Lucas is currently a data scientist and "digital expert" at the US Digital Service at the White House. Formed in the aftermath of the launch, US Digital Service brings private sector tech expertise to help transform the way government works for the American people. As the first data scientist hired to join the headquarters team, Lucas primarily works with Medicare on rewarding clinicians for delivering quality of care rather than volume of care.  

Lucas was previously senior data scientist at RedOwl Analytics, where he designed and built statistical software for analyzing the massive digital trail created by large modern firms. RedOwl was named “Most Innovative Company” at the 30,000-person RSA Conference in 2014. 

Lucas served as a senior data scientist for President Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012, where he helped create an innovative web app used by senior staff to visualize and analyze the campaign’s most sensitive data, including all data on advertising, polling, and voter contact. 
He completed his doctorate in economics at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.