Azarias Reda, GOP’s Chief Data Officer, On Forbes 30 Under 30

Ethio-American Azarias Reda, Chief Data Officer for the Republican party, has been named by Forbes Magazine as one of thirty promising young leaders below the age of thirty in Law & Policy.

Similarly The Wall Street Journal noted: “The 28-year-old data evangelist is helping lead the effort to transform the GOP’s knowledge of voters into the power to win elections. Republicans got thumped in the 2012 elections in no small part because of a voter-data failure. The Obama team crushed the Romney campaign and the RNC: on turnout, on targeting and in social media.” Since then, of course, as evidenced by the GOP’s recent takeover of the US Senate, the party’s voter operation has dramatically improved.

Last year the Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is announced the addition of Azarias Reda as the RNC Chief Data Officer.

“Azarias will join Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief Digital Officer Chuck DeFeo, Chief Technology Officer Andy Barkett and Deputy Data Director Jesse Kamzol to expand our Digital and Data Department’s creative platforms and our Party’s innovative tools for successful campaigns,” RNC Chairman, Priebus, said back in January 2014.

“Azarias’ background in computer science and experience working with start-ups makes him the best fit to build a data engineering team to lead our candidates to victories in 2014, 2016 and beyond,” he said.

“When I heard what the RNC was trying to accomplish, I was genuinely impressed by their approach to create an environment, and allocate the necessary resources, to build some remarkable systems that push the envelope on data engineering as it applies to politics,” Reda said after his appointment.

“For all intents and purposes, this is much like building a startup. It means creating an environment where talented people can tackle large problems, experiment with new ideas and create products that will have serious impact – and do so within short deadlines and limited resources. This is the best way to innovate and I look forward to being a part of it.”

The RNC Chief Data Officer is responsible for the collection and enhancement of the party’s data. He will work with our CTO on the distribution of data that we get back from the Political field program.


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