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Pedro Ávila

Pedro Ávila

Product Manager, Technical Program Manager

New York, NY, US
925.297.5538
English, Portuguese, Spanish

Background


About

About

Technical leader who speaks the language of both executives and product teams. Interested in bringing together people, data, and technology to create human-centered solutions that improve meaningful social outcomes, especially in the areas of climate, privacy, and responsible AI.

Work Experience

Work Experience

  • Technical Program Manager

    Aug, 2017 - Present

    Protect User Data

    • Own the content & strategy for internal privacy tooling across Google and Alphabet

    • Manage privacy programs across Google Workspace product teams and ensure user data privacy for all releases

  • Sr. Solutions Consultant for the Google Analytics 360 Suite

    Jun, 2013 - Jul, 20174 years 1 month

    Enable awesome analytics, measurements, and insights

    • Engage Google's top advertising clients, protecting and growing ad spend by providing insight, guidance, and custom measurement solutions

    • Streamline and automate the delivery of technical guidance to clients and partners by leading the creation and development of scalable tooling

    • Increase the supportability of Google Analytics by creating, socializing, and maintaining a Google Sheets add-on tool to manage bulk items for enterprise clients

    • Reduce implementation engagement time by 66% through automation and cross-functional process changes

  • Faculty Lecturer

    May, 2017 - Present

    Advise graduate students in the Applied Analytics program on their capstone project

    • Lead the capstone class for the Applied Analytics graduate course on building data-savvy organizations

    • Advise students on analytical methods and client engagement as they work on real-world problems and present to real-world clients

  • Staff Lecturer

    Mar, 2016 - Oct, 20204 years 7 months

    Teach ecommerce and social analytics with a focus on the fashion industry

    • Develop and teach courses on ecommerce and social analytics, including theory and practice

  • Product Analyst

    Sep, 2012 - Jun, 20139 months

    Provide product analysis, and generate insights & data for Zagat's CFO

    • Automate reporting of key management data

    • Owned a redesign of the Zagat Content Management System

    • Develop automation and effect cross-functional process change for corporate sales reports, increasing accuracy and reporting efficiency by 95%

  • Sr. Solution Architect for Consulting and Integrations Services

    May, 2005 - Jun, 20116 years 1 month

    Architect IT process solutions across the world

    • Plan and execute IT automation projects for multi-million dollar software services accounts across the globe

    • Lead cross-industry engagement to optimize business processes

    • Led classroom trainings for clients and partners at various technical levels and different languages

  • Performance Test Consultant

    Sep, 2004 - May, 20058 months

    Break web applications to expose and fix architecture flaws

    • Design and implement performance tests for web applications

    • Analyze test results to formulate causal analysis reports

Skills

Skills

  • Public Speaking & Presentation

    public speaking

    presentation

    facilitation

  • Google Analytics

    collection strategy

    analysis

    ecommerce

    BigQuery

    API

    Apps Script

  • Web Development

    javascript

    html

    css

  • Data Analysis

    R

    SQL

    Python

  • Machine Learning

    R

    Python

    Tensorflow

    Anaconda

  • Android

    Java

Education

Education

  • Applied Quantitative Research, MA, Columbia University

    Sep, 2010 - May, 2012

    4.0

    Data Mining, Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition

    Regression Models & Temporal Processes

    Data Analysis

    Spatial Analysis

    Economic Analysis

    Political Economy

    Media & Economic Development

    Quantitative Theory & Methodology

  • Computer Science, BS, California Polytechnic State University

    Sep, 1999 - Jun, 2004

    Cryptography

    Project Management

    Software Engineering

    Ethics

Awards

Awards

  • Winner of Data Journalism Bicoastal Datafest Hackathon , Sunlight Foundation

    Awarded on: Nov 11, 2013

    Built an application that uses Benford numbers to direct journalists efforts by identifying likely areas of accounting fraud at local levels of government

Volunteer Work

Volunteer Work

  • Instructor, Capoeira Brasil

    May, 2014 - Present

    Lead classes in capoeira technique, conditioning, culture and etiquette, maintaining a fun and safe environment

  • Instructor, New York Sailing School

    Jun, 2011 - Present

    Instructed students of various age groups in sailing theory and safety techniques

  • Emergency medical technician, Municipal Hospital & SAMU

    Jun, 2003 - Jan, 2004

    Admitted patients and assisted physicians

    • Performed examinations on a semi-rural population, at times assisting physicians in minor surgeries

    • Administered pre-hospital care onboard ambulances in an urban environment, including advanced life support during aerial transports

Publications

Publications

  • Bulk Analytics Configurations with Google Sheets, Online Behavior

    Published on: Nov 10, 2015

    Bulk management of Google Analytics entities in Google Sheets

  • On the Evaluation of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs, Columbia University

    Published on: May 19, 2012

    Masters thesis research of the measurement methods used in assessing welfare programs in Latin America

  • PPMC Value, Hewlett Packard Services Summit - Oslo, Norway

    Published on: Oct 21, 2009

    Presentation quantifying the value of implementing Hewlett Packard’s Project and Portfolio Management Center

  • Scoping PPM, Hewlett Packard Consulting Briefcase

    Published on: Jan 08, 2009

    HP Knowledge Brief to provide an understanding of how to scope Project and Portfolio Management Center projects

  • Thinking PPM, Hewlett Packard Services Summit - Prague, Czech Republic

    Published on: Jun 15, 2008

    Introduction to more effective architecture and design in Project and Portfolio Management Center

  • qpeN™ ASCII Cryptosystem, California Polytechnic State University

    Published on: Jun 16, 2004

    An introductory example of RSA cryptography using an implementation based on Java elements

  • Napster, KaZaA and the Code, California Polytechnic State University

    Published on: Mar 22, 2002

    A comparative analysis of the Software Engineering Code of Ethics in the context of file transfer utilities

Interests

Interests

  • Outdoors

    SailingSurfingHiking
  • Martial Arts

    Capoeira
  • Writing

    technology and political bloggingshort storiespoetry
References

References

  • Michael Hansen - Principal IT Systems Engineer at Pacific Gas and Electric Company

    From the time I recruited him, I have been and continue to be impressed with Pedro. He possesses the rare combination of excellent technical skills and even better people skills. He is hard working, considerate of others, and extremely honest. I would feel confident using Pedro’s services in any field that he decides to peruse.

  • Mathias Nöbauer - Sales Manager for Cloud & Enterprise at Microsoft

    Pedro is a great colleague to work with! He is adaptive, customer-oriented and has a lot of practical experience.

  • Brian McQuillan - Senior Product Manager at ServiceNow – The Enterprise Cloud Company

    Pedro is a pleasure to work with. He never shirks a challenge and doesn't complain when the going gets tough. His professional 'can do' attitude has helped enusure that the projects he worked on were successes both for the company and the customer. I highly recommend him.

  • James Nelson - Sr. Project Manager at Nevada System of Higher Education

    Pedro was extremely helpful on a very short time-framed project I managed. In a few days he was able to clarify and resolve issues that had not been resolved by his peers. He is very approachable and knowledgable in his field. I would work with him any day and hire him if I owned an IT company....or any company for that matter.

  • Bart van Slobbe - Head of Digital and Media PSA Peugeot, Citroën and DS Benelux

    Pedro has contributed many insightful and helpful articles to the travel guides of WritingTravellers.com. He is attentive to detail and takes his audience into consideration, writing travel articles for their benefit, by finding new travel experiences and rejuvenating the hot spots with new angles and perspectives. I'm glad to have his contributions and recommend him as a travel writer to anyone looking for depth, meaning and purpose from their writers.