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Amanda Makulec

Amanda Makulec, MPH is the Data Visualization Lead at Excella. While she loves working with various tools to sketch, prototype, and build data visualizations, she's even more passionate about helping others learn how to visualize data effectively through leading trainings and coaching colleagues and clients.

Before joining Excella, Amanda worked in global health for eight years, where she focused on using data visualization as a practical way to promote the use of data for decision making. She worked across levels of the health system, from national health information systems to coaching community organizations on ways to use data visualization as part of their advocacy activities.

Learning from her work in public health and in the tech sector, Amanda writes and speaks about visualizing data responsibly, always being mindful of the people represented in data and the ways visualizations can easily be used to misinform and mislead (intentionally or not). She is a published author on Fast Company, Nightingale, and numerous other publications.

Outside of her work at Excella, Amanda is a founding board member and Operations Director for the global Data Visualization Society and co-organizes the local Data Viz DC meetup.

See what else Amanda has been up to!

COVID-19, Dashboard, Data Visualization, Data Viz, Public Health, scicomm, Tableau

Enabling Data-Led Communications about Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

Counting coronavirus cases and related statistics can tell us where infections are rising. But what...

COVID-19, Data, Public Health

Exploring the Complexity of Visualizing COVID-19 Case Data

Over the last four+ months, the world has logged on daily to track case counts...

Data Analysis

Visualizing Community Advocacy Impact

Data is a critical tool for advocacy, but can be cumbersome for small organizations to...

Visualizing COVID-19 Tips and Traps with the Global Investigative Journalism Network

COVID-19 data is complex and messy, creating challenges for journalists who are learning the nuances...

Data, Digital Strategy

Four Reflections from Judging the 2019 MERL Tech Dashboards Competition

Data visualization (viz) has come a long way in our MERL Tech community. Four years...

Data, Digital Strategy

What Word Captures a Decade in Data Visualization?

Over the past ten years working on data visualization in public health, I’ve been part...