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June 8, 2021
MEDA’s Tatiana Acosta and Ryan Fukumori Chosen for 2021 NeighborWorks Tableau Fellowship
Fellowship helps network members scale data-driven culture in their organizations
SAN FRANCISCO — The Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) has announced that Data Analyst Tatiana Acosta (photo, left) and Senior Analyst Ryan Fukumori (photo, right), both members of the nonprofit’s Evaluation team, are two of 16 nationwide fellows selected to be part of the 2021 NeighborWorks America Tableau Fellowship cohort. Acosta has been at MEDA for five years and Fukumori for two.
The 2021 NeighborWorks Tableau Fellowship aims to help network members scale a data-driven culture in their organizations and leverage powerful tools for program analysis, strategic decision-making and communicating impact. Included in this prestigious fellowship are numerous benefits: four intensive live trainings; a pair of three-year licenses for Tableau software; $2,000 in scholarships for technology and professional development expenses; a network mentor for organizational culture; and a Tableau mentor for technical guidance.
Over the course of the nine-month fellowship and beyond, Acosta and Fukumori will be using their learnings in day-to-day work at MEDA, thereby benefitting the community-based organization and San Francisco’s Latino community.
“Becoming a fellow is not only a personal accomplishment, but it’s about representation as well. According to the Pew Research Center, only 7% of people with careers in data analytics are Latino,” said Acosta. “I hope to be able to use the skills I learn during this fellowship to identify stories within the data MEDA collects and make it digestible to our most important stakeholder, the client, through storytelling and visualizations. Disseminating data to our community has been a major goal for the Evaluation team.”
“I’m excited to explore Tableau’s potential for our research and strategic planning around reversing Latino displacement from the Mission District, and advancing Latino equity across the Bay Area,” said Fukumori. “Tableau will enable more in-depth analyses of Latino demographic and socioeconomic changes over the past generation, which can support our program and policy advocacy efforts in addressing the root causes of displacement and structural disparity.”
The 2021 fellowship cohort will start in June and will run through February 2022.
About Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)
Rooted in San Francisco’s Mission District, MEDA is advancing a national equity movement by building Latino prosperity, community ownership and civic power. We envision generations of Latino families choosing where to call home, thriving economically, succeeding in learning opportunities, and leading policy and social change toward a more equitable society.