Milwaukee nonprofit research group Data You Can Use hired a new president Victor Amaya to replace founding executive director and president Kathleen Pritchard who is retiring Dec. 31.
The announcement was made Oct. 20 at the organization’s 7th Data Day conference. Amaya was appointed by Data You Can Use’s board of directors.
Data You Can Use is based at 1240 N. 10th St. in Milwaukee. The organization has a mission to access and utilize data in ways to improve local community conditions.
Most recently, Data You Can Use provided four Milwaukee nonprofit organizations with $10,000 Data Dream awards for pro-bono research services. These four nonprofits were the Southside Organizing Center, Riverworks Development Corp., JobWorks MKE and United Community Center/Centro de la Comunidad Unida.
Amaya, a south side Milwaukee resident, has professional experience as an educator, instructional coach and school leader. He most recently served as the managing director of the impact department at City Year Milwaukee, the local affiliate of a national education nonprofit. He has also served as the interim executive director of the organization where he worked closely with Milwaukee Public Schools.
Data You Can Use chairman Tom Hlavacek said in a press release that Amaya’s combination of community experience and passion for its mission will enable the organization to continue and expand Pritchard’s legacy.
Amaya was born in Mexico and immigrated to Milwaukee when he was 12 years old.
“As a first generation college graduate and son of Mexican immigrants, I was drawn to Data You Can Use to create equity for communities of color,” Amaya said in the release. “I am excited to lead the organization’s efforts to build on its success and ready to partner with community stakeholders to continue the mission of democratizing data to make better decisions as a community.”