About

Informatics Advisory Board

Jenny Abdo

Jenny Abdo

Sr. Manager, Dealer Group Account Management
CDK Global

Abdo brings over 10 years of marketing and analytics experience to the Informatics Advisory Board.  She was a member of the inaugural Informatics class and worked as a Research Analyst at UW studying people’s interaction with technology following graduation. 

Since then, Abdo has been an integral part of two startups that were acquired, including NetConversions, where she helped develop the company’s website optimization practice.  NetConversions was bought by aQuantive, and then Microsoft in 2008.  In 2009, Abdo joined a TV advertising and analytics agency, PrecisionDemand (Lucid Commerce), where she helped build an agency from the ground up and managed the company’s key accounts.  PrecisionDemnand was acquired by Adap.TV in 2013. 

Currently, Abdo is a Sr. Manager at CDK Global, focused on developing digital marketing solutions for automotive dealership groups.  

Kristen Burton

Kristen Burton

Director, Enterprise Data Science Office and Digital Process Transformation
Cisco Systems, Inc.

Burton has spent the last 18 years at Cisco driving process transformation.  As the company drives its own strategy for digital process transformation, advanced analytics and data science has become a core enabler, and today Cisco focuses on driving this strategy through the use of big data and data science.  As the Director of the Enterprise Data Science Office, Burton assembles data science project teams for execution on marketing, supply chain and HR projects that require text analytics and sentiment extraction skill sets as well as predictive analytics skill sets. She also directs the data science education and certification program; helps define and implement innovation career paths for data scientists in order for Cisco to attract, cultivate and retain talent; and conducts events for the data science community to encourage collaboration and innovation on projects being executed in various domains across Cisco. 

Burton earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

Kevin Cushman

Enterprise Information Architect
The Boeing Corporation

As an Enterprise Information Architect in the Information Architecture group within Boeing Information Technology's (Boeing IT) Information Management (IM) organization, Kevin Cushman works with members of IT and the business in the areas of information architecture, information management, data warehousing, business intelligence, governance, data quality, information asset management, master data management, content management, and process development.

Prior to his current role, Cushman held several different positions within the engineering and information systems/technology fields. Cushman started in Boeing Commercial Airplanes in 1991 as a Manufacturing Engineer supporting the 747 and 767 programs. From 1993 to 1996, he was a senior Tool Design Engineer supporting the mechanical handling equipment for the 747 and 767 programs. In 1996, Cushman transitioned to the information systems field becoming Data Management Specialist on Boeing Commercial Airplane's (BCA) Define and Control Airplane Configuration / Manufacturing Resource Management (DCAC/MRM) program. He was a member of the Data Conversion organization and represented his organization on the program's Integrated Design Team (IDT) as well as leading the efforts to define and prepare the engineering related data for conversion into the to-be DCAC systems. Following DCAC/MRM, Cushman transitioned into the BCA's Information Systems Transformation (IST) program where the role of the Information Architect was established. He participated in domain validations representing information architecture and was part of the team that established the BCA Computing Governance process.

In 2008, Cushman was a member of the first graduating class of BCA's Leadership Development Excellence (LDE) program. Cushman serves as a Boeing focal to the University of Washington's Information School as part of Boeing's Enterprise University Relations program, a position he has held since 2006. Cushman served in the Minnesota Army National Guard and Washington Army National Guard as an infantry soldier from 1986 to 1992 and achieved the rank of Sergeant E-5 (a Non-Commissioned Officer).

Cushman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of North Dakota (1991), a master's degree in Business Administration from Seattle University (1994) and a Master of Science degree in Information Management from the University of Washington (2005).

Irvin MacQuarrie

SharePoint Developer
Milliman

MacQuarrie is the entire SharePoint Development team at Milliman – a large nationally based actuarial consulting firm headquartered in downtown Seattle.  He is responsible for leveraging SharePoint and other technological solutions to solve complex business needs across a decentralized organization that is new to SharePoint.  This requires extensive problem solving and planning and working closely with a tight-knit team as well as a wide range of customers.

Prior to coming to Milliman, MacQuarrie had extensive experience contracting for organizations like Seattle Public Schools, iSoftstone, 3Sharp, Green Rubino, and Engine Interactive.  He began his career baptized by fire in full-time Consulting working for both EMC (Bellevue) and Intellinet (Atlanta).  During his time at Intellinet, he was mentored by a SharePoint MVP for two years.  These experiences have exposed him to numerous working environments from large to small, private and public, interactive design firms, Microsoft, and teams and customers of all shapes and sizes.

MacQuarrie migrated to the great Northwest from his home state of Florida to attend the University of Washington and immediately fell in love with the moderate summers and the natural beauty.  He made his way to the Informatics program by way of the Business school and graduated with a B.S. in Informatics in 2005.  He is an avid athlete and coaches the varsity tennis team at Rainier Beach High School. A devoted Dawg, he is very excited for the Chris Petersen era of Husky football.

Mark Mattis

Mark Mattis

Director of Strategy, Planning, and Enterprise Architecture
Costco Wholesale Corporation

Mattis leads the strategy and planning, enterprise architecture, R&D, Skunkworks, and other IT functions at Costco Wholesale. Each of his teams is tasked to focus on modernization, innovation, and forward-looking steps to support this $100B international multi-channel retailer.

Prior to this current role, he spent nearly a decade as an information security expert, both as the head of global Information Security & Compliance at Costco and as a management consultant serving large multinational corporations. He was a frequent speaker at the regional and national levels on information access, federal cybersecurity policy, and privacy topics.

Going back even farther, he was a philosophy instructor at an all-boys prep school where he taught the primary text classics as well as pieces from the likes of Philip K. Dick and Neal Stephenson. He was an active participant of the library leadership committee at that institution and has also worked at public and academic libraries in such places as Syracuse University, the State University of New York, and Loyola University of Chicago.

Mattis's interests related to Informatics include emerging technologies as they relate to Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), employment and hiring trends as the IT role in business evolves, “hands on” information security and vulnerability assessment, and how lessons learned from the game development industry can influence the UI/UX of business systems. 

Neal Myrick

Corporate Social Responsibility Director
Tableau Software / Tableau Foundation

Neal Myrick is Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Tableau Software. He leads the development of Tableau’s global corporate social responsibility program and is building and leading Tableau Foundation.

Myrick started his career at Aldus Corporation (sold to Adobe) and then moved to run Visio Corporation’s global IT and Facilities team (sold to Microsoft).  After a short time living abroad, Myrick moved to the nonprofit industry where he was Managing Director of Technology at Casey Family Programs, a $2B foster care foundation. He then became Executive Director of Groundwire and CEO of Groundwire Consulting where he led a team of engagement strategy and technology professionals working to build the capacity of environmental organizations to engage their constituents.

Myrick is an active angel investor with Element 8, and has been a proud member of Social Venture Partners Seattle for more than ten years.  He has served on nonprofit boards, provides pro-bono strategy consulting to nonprofits he cares about, and is currently focusing his volunteer time on ethical data, diversity and social equity issues.

Rafat Naqvi

Global Vice President for Enterprise Applications
Avanade

Naqvi specializes in exploiting emerging technologies to transform business practices and outcomes from the status quo to the yet unimagined.  Her current position of Global Vice President for Enterprise Applications at Avanade demands vision and thought leadership on the evolving role of enterprise information technology.  As a veteran technology evangelist, she is a driving force in defining the digital workplace, leading cloud transformation, innovating digital service design, and exploiting enterprise data toward digital disruption.  She is a thought leader in social and mobile computing across the enterprise.  Naqvi recognizes the impact of change on organizations and is adept at leading teams through change with courage and compassion.  She is an unabashed supporter of women in technology and business leadership.

Naqvi has a broad background in both information technology and consulting.  She has led development of collaboration and customer relationship management solutions, as well as mobile applications, for clients across a wide range of industries. Her previous experience includes establishing a global IT transformation roadmap for Fortune-300 manufacturing and financial services firm Paccar, and leading a highly successful combined business/IT strategic planning initiative at Western Wireless. Prior to those accomplishments, she managed a $10 million portfolio across three regions for Novell. Naqvi began her career at Cambridge Technology Partners where she contributed to building an e-commerce consulting practice that increased company revenue by 50 percent during her tenure.

Naqvi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, Telecommunications and Electronics and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science. She serves on the Board for the Informatics Program at the University of Washington. She is a member of the mentor program at the Foster School at the University of Washington.

Jamie Prins

Jamie Prins

Kindle Marketing Manager
Amazon

Jamie Prins directs the enterprise marketing strategy for Amazon Kindle, focusing on the use of Kindle in schools, businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Prior to joining Amazon, Prins was a senior project officer at Forum One Communications where she managed online strategy and user experience projects for clients in public health and education. Formerly, Prins was a strategist for Razorfish where she leveraged her expertise in web analytics and user-centered design to build their global site optimization practice. During her time at Razorfish, Prins led over 80 projects across 54 client accounts, primarily with Fortune 100 companies in finance and telecommunications.

Prins holds a B.S. in Informatics and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Washington. She is also on the board of the Municipal League Foundation that promotes open and effective government in King County.

Henry Rose

Senior Software Engineer
Porch

Rose is a Senior Software Engineer at Porch, a startup company whose mission is to “Help everyone, everywhere, love their home.” At Porch he leads the Growth Engineering team, tasked with supporting the demand side of a Home Improvement marketplace.

Rose's prior experience includes owning the development of user experiences at a number of startup companies including Zillow, Optify and Cheezburger in addition to consulting for the Gates Foundation and BGC3 with Intentional Futures. At Zillow, he was a core member of the launch team for Zillow Mortgage Marketplace. At Optify, he led front-end development for a suite of SAAS tools in the marketing automation space. At Cheeseburger and Intentional Futures, he built engineering teams and architected systems built on the emerging Node.js JavaScript runtime.

A native Washingtonian, Henry double majored in Informatics and Music at the University of Washington.

Julie Wesche

Julie Wesche

Vice President, Technology Operations
BECU

Wesche is the Vice President of Technology Operations at BECU, the largest community-based credit union in the United States.  As a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative with more than 1 million members, BECU offers services designed to improve the economic and social well-being of all its members.  At BECU, Wesche is responsible for the credit union’s IT operations including areas such as Network Engineering, Telecommunications, Infrastructure, Systems Engineering, Database Engineering, IT Tools, Data Centers, Cloud Solutions, Production Support, Service Desk and Desktop Support and Engineering.

Prior to joining BECU, Wesche held senior roles in technology at JPMorgan Chase and WaMu, and was also in professional consulting at Cable & Wireless. 

Wesche is a University of Washington alumni, holding a B.A. in Political Science, and has held several technical, ITIL and OpEx certifications.  She also serves on the board of directors for the Many Lights Foundation, a non-profit organization working to help at-risk children in kinship and foster care.

David Wu

David Wu

Chief Information Officer
Point B

David Wu has spent his career in the management consulting industry, helping organizations use information technology to solve business problems. Wu joined Point B as a senior associate in 1997, bringing an extensive technology background and strong project leadership experience to his clients. He became CIO of Point B in 2008. Prior to joining Point B, he spent several years as a technical architect in the technology group at Andersen Consulting.

Wu currently serves on the CIO Council for NPower Northwest and is actively involved with his church and growing family. He received his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in 1990.