My name is Debra Ray. I have an M.S. degree in applied economics from the University of Maryland, where I learned a variety of statistical methods used in causal inference and prediction. I received my B.A. in political science with an international relations emphasis and a minor in economics from the University of Arizona.
I’m currently available for data analyst / statistical programming roles. Not only do I have a solid understanding of statistics, but I can create reusable programs in Python using object-oriented programming and improve processing speeds with multithreading.
If your company is interested in moving away from Excel, I can help by:
1. Migrating your data to SQL databases.
2. Creating SQL and Python code to replace Excel formulas and pivot tables.
3. Connecting SQL and Python scripts to Tableau or another business intelligence tool of your choice.
4. Integrating Python models in PostgreSQL or MS SQL Server.
5. Centralizing code.
6. Handling stakeholder impact issues.
7. Employee training.
If you’d like to learn more about me, browse through the site. If you see something you like, or you want to discuss what I can do for you, feel free to drop me a line.
Disappointment made me fearless and success gave me a reason to hope.
Debra Ray, Statistical Programmer / Data Analyst
Who I Am
From a young age, I’ve always had a sense of motivation and passion driving me forward. Whether it’s exploring unique opportunities, learning additional skills, or meeting new people, I bring these values to every experience throughout my life on a personal and professional level. To learn more about me, keep exploring my site or reach out directly.
Competence & Aptitude
OLS, Panel OLS, Logistic Regression, Time Series, Bayesian Probability, Regression Discontinuity, Differences-in-Differences, IV Regression, Propensity Score Matching, Synthetic Regression Design
Sampling, Surveys, Focus Groups, In-Depth Interviews, Journaling Studies, Reporting, Participant Recruitment, Presenting, Exploratory Data Analysis
What I’ve Done
February 2021 - Present
Research Consultant, Edgemont Group
Engaging in freelance ad-hoc data analysis and research projects. I am still open to permanent data analyst opportunities that will fully leverage my strengths which are in SQL, statistics, and Python programming.
June 2019 - February 2021
This is a great part-time, freelance position that gave me the time to finish my M.S. degree in applied economics and volunteer as a Python instructor in Ecuador. Nevertheless, I would like to transition back into a research or data analysis role.
Stock Market Reporter, Motley Fool
November 2019 - March 2020
Volunteer Python Instructor, Código Ecuador
Código Ecuador is a nonprofit organization working to promote technology skills and computer programming careers for high school students in Ecuador, with a focus on female empowerment.
May 2018 - February 2019
Senior Research Associate, Hanover Research
Hanover Research provides high quality, custom research, and analytics through a cost-effective model that helps clients in the corporate, education, and healthcare sectors make informed decisions, identify and seize opportunities, and heighten their effectiveness.
December 2016 - February 2017
Economic Data Intern, Market News International
Market News is a financial news organization focused on international capital markets.
February 2016 - December 2016
Research Associate, The CoStar Group
The CoStar Group is a commercial real estate research company that provides market insights to real estate professionals and boasts 9 out of the 10 top real estate companies in the United States as clients.
Educated in economics, statistics, math, and world affairs.
August 2016 - November 2019
M.S. Applied Economics, University of Maryland
A carefully designed program offering rigorous training in quantitative analysis, economic modeling, and econometrics. TFE Times nationally ranks the University of Maryland's master's program in applied economics as the #2 top economics master's program.
January 2010 - December 2014
B.A. Political Science, University of Arizona
The School of Government and Public Policy is one of the largest schools at the University of Arizona and is uniquely situated to serve as a model for public affairs education. The SGPP engages in high-caliber research, teaching, community outreach, and civic leadership.
"Do not go where the path may lead. Instead, go where there is no path and leave a trail"