Jesse Lecy is a College Professor of Data Science and Nonprofit Studies at the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions and an associate professor in the School of Community Resources and Development. He is currently the academic director of the master's degree in program evaluation and data analytics. His research examines the economics of the nonprofit sector with a focus on the life-cycles of charitable organizations, nonprofit entrepreneurship, and performance of social programs, as well as work on urban policies that promote strong communities. He has worked actively to integrate data science into public affairs and data-driven management practices in public and nonprofit organizations. He is an advocate of open science practices in scholarship and a co-founder of the Nonprofit Open Data Collective, a group of industry experts and data scientists that are committed to creating better data for the sector.