Jason Melchi is the founder and Chief Data Dude at Empact Solutions, with nearly 15 years of consulting locally and nationally in justice reform initiatives. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Computer Technology from Purdue University, Jason worked for 12 years designing and developing information systems. In 2008, he switched gears to focus more directly on public service, earning a Master’s in Social Work from Indiana University. He combines his experience with information system technology, social work, and interest in justice reform to fill gaps that often exist in building data-informed justice systems. He is a data advocate, teacher, and coach, often serving as a “data therapist,” helping stakeholders feel more confident and empowered in their use of data. He leverages his unusual combination of knowledge, skills, experience and passion to bridge the gap between the technical and human elements of using data, bringing both a strong understanding of data and a compassionate approach to serving others.