Pandemic Prevention Initiative/

Leo Wolansky

DirectorPandemic Prevention Initiative, The Rockefeller Foundation

As a data product leader, Leo bridges disciplines to deliver modern data and analytics solutions to social and organizational problems. He’s spent most of his career at the nexus of product management, research, data, and analytics, previously in the fields of politics and business and now in health.

As Director of Data Strategy and Products on the Pandemic Prevention Initiative team, Leo leads development of data products that support pandemic prevention and response. He serves as a connector across the science, engineering, and partnerships teams, as well as between PPI and its target users. He works with PPI and its partners to catalyze product innovations, improve access to and use of data, and harmonize data standards that better prepare the world for pandemics.

Upon first joining The Rockefeller Foundation, Leo was the Data Product Manager for Health Initiative, including its Precision Public Health and COVID-response work – a key role where he identified opportunities to support and leverage digital technologies to strengthen global health systems and improve health outcomes. Formerly, he was the VP of Analytics at Applecart, which specialized in leveraging social, demographic, and psychographic data to guide electoral campaign strategy and targeting.

Authored Content

  • Apr 05 2022
    Blog Post A User’s Guide to U.S. Vaccine Breakthrough Rates With the United States over a year into its vaccination campaign, all eyes right now are on Covid-19 rates broken out by vaccination status—measures of the number of Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths per 100,000 vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals. Shared by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as many state, […] Dave Luo, Jacqueline Houtman, Jessica Malaty Rivera, Jonathan Gilmour, Kaitlyn Johnson, Kara Schechtman, Leo Wolansky, Lindsey Shultz, Rebecca Glassman
  • Dec 22 2021
    Field Note Tracking State Reporting of Covid-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Infections Today, we are releasing a reporting scorecard that evaluates U.S. state data reporting for Covid-19 vaccine breakthrough infections (BI) against best practices we have identified. We assign states letter grades based on their alignment with these best practices for reporting BI data and will update the grades monthly to monitor progress. The scorecard with states’ […] Dave Luo, Jennifer Clyde, Jessica Malaty Rivera, Jonathan Gilmour, Kaitlyn Johnson, Kara Schechtman, Leo Wolansky, Lindsey Shultz, Michal Mart, Rebecca Glassman
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