I'm Jeni, a curious, optimistic girl striving to scale joy in this world. I was born in Nepal in a small house in the Kathmandu Valley — and I find purpose in working towards a better world.
I am a data analyst by day and a storyteller by night. When I long for the stillness of perfect moments, I bring them to life through wordplay. I build on the medium with my photography, which is my personal attempt at immortality.
At the heart of my endeavors is a desire to create beauty for others to rest in. I hope to build a world where we can rely on a culture of care — and happiness is in abundance for everyone to enjoy.
June 2021 - Present
I spent the last two years understanding, analyzing and investigating operational processes within the State of Missouri's taxation system. Actively drawing from two of the largest relational databases serving as repositories for the State's tax data, I conduct rigorous SQL and Tableau driven analyses on the systems driving governmental data processes.
In this capacity, I analyzed the Missouri Department of Revenue's optical character recognition (OCR) technology for processing civilian tax returns to uncover a significantly high error rate. A suboptimal data collection process was resulting in inaccurate data extraction, requiring manual intervention to maximize accuracy. As this delayed return processing and exacerbated the risk of incorrect data being utilized in high impact decisions, I generated a series of dashboards that identified specific errors in the process flow, highlighting the factors contributing to a suboptimal rate of accuracy, including variations in document quality, font styles, document layouts and language complexity, for process improvement within the Taxation Division.
In an effort to accelerate data culture within my organization, I employed sentiment analysis to gain insights on the specific data needs of unique State analysts. Utilizing my findings, I worked with the Tableau Center of Excellence Team to craft targeted training programs to empower internal analysts with the precise skills necessary for their roles. A key milestone in my efforts involved collaborating with Salesforce to organize a Tableau Day in the State of Missouri. At this event, I presented on the critical topic of "Data Equity in the Age of Information" for an audience of 175+, emphasizing the significance of ethical considerations at various stages of the data pipeline. This conference served as a platform to engage stakeholders, raise awareness and foster a shared commitment to ethical data practices.
I additionally produce a 42-page monthly dashboard demonstrating progress in the State's operational indicators for the State Directors. My contribution to this project improves accountability and transparency, aligning departmental goals with overall organizational objectives.
I have completed other projects assessing the rate of new business registrations in Missouri, trends in taxpayer inquiry and more. My dashboard analyzing human resources attrition data was selected as a finalist for the MO Tableau Day Iron Viz competition.
March 2020 - Present
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, I collaborated with seven students across five universities to launch an educational technology startup, EduMate NYC, to redress the educational inequities exacerbated by New York City public school students’ transition to remote learning. Within one of the most segregated school districts in the country, EduMate NYC connects disadvantaged elementary to high school students with academic tutors from 250+ universities across the world to fill in the gaps in their education.
Featured in the Wall Street Journal, News 12 Bronx, Gothamist and Bklyner.
June 2020 - August 2020
Despite their widespread adoption, traditional economic indicators such as the gross domestic product (GDP) fail to capture the true health of an economy. As a part of a new indices project, I used quintile analysis to illustrate the vastly unequal distribution of income growth across six countries with growing macroeconomies.
I was recognized in a 2022 ProFellow feature for my positive impact on the State of Missouri's taxation system as a Govern for America Fellow.
Dr. Robert Hockett kindly extended an acknowledgement to me in his paper "Social-Contractarian Money" for the Vienna Journal on International Constitutional Law. I cherish this gesture and would like to encourage that everyone with an interest in law and economics read the paper.
My article, "The Economy as a Body," was selected for the Best of Show Award by the Associated Collegiate Press in the Spring 2021 National College Media Convention.
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