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About the Author
DJ Patil is a data scientist and mathematician who served as the first US chief data scientist.In 2015, DJ was appointed by President Obama to the position of chief data scientist in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. As he settled into this brand-new role, DJ established the mission of the office: to responsibly unleash the power of data for the benefit of the American public and maximize the nation's return on its investment in data. His efforts led to the establishment of nearly 40 chief data officer roles across the federal government. He also established new health care programs, including the Precision Medicine Initiative and the Cancer Moonshot; new criminal justice reforms, including the Data-Driven Justice and Police Data initiatives; and led the national data efforts.In industry, he led the product teams at RelateIQ and was a member of the venture firm Greylock Partners. In addition, he has held a number of roles at Skype, PayPal, and eBay, and was chief scientist, chief security officer, and head of data products at LinkedIn.