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Victoria McDonald

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Senior Research Analyst
University Staff, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 8409

Victoria McDonald is a Research Analyst at Decision Theater. In this role, she leads Decision Theater’s rapid data visualization unit, provides contextual and background research to frame useful decision-support tools, as well as serves as a liaison between project subject matter experts and the software development team. Victoria’s background specializes in legal studies, GIS, and rapid data visualization. She is proficient in Tableau, various GIS software, and qualitative research. She has previously worked on projects covering water policy and security, international organizations, and decision-making in multi-factored environments. Her interests include energy security and policy, specifically nuclear energy, in robust and resilient systems, navigating policy-making within international institutions and agreements, and utilizing visualizations to make research more accessible to a wider audience. Victoria is skilled in multi-stakeholder management and working with subject matter experts and researchers to understand complex social systems. She works with software developers and user experience designers to build custom data analytic and predictive modeling tools for informed policy and decision making. Victoria’s work at Decision Theater spans across the lifecycle of a project from proposal development to post-development quality assurance testing. Victoria holds a Masters in Legal Studies from Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law where she was named Outstanding MLS Graduate for Spring 2018, a B.A in Global Studies, a minor in Political Science and Certificates in Political Entrepreneurship through Internships as well as, Religion and Conflict.