Sophie Beiers

Former position at CEP/YouthTruth
Senior Analyst

Length of tenure at CEP
2.5 years

What are you up to these days?
After CEP, I pursued a master’s degree in applied statistics at Columbia University. My focus was on how to use analytics and technology to create positive social change. Now, I work for the ACLU as a Data Journalist on their Analytics team. I write data-driven stories and create graphics and visualizations about key ACLU issue areas.

How did your time at CEP prepare you for what you are doing now?
If I hadn’t worked at CEP/YouthTruth as an analyst, I’m not sure I would have ever considered a degree in analytics! I was lucky enough to begin my time at YouthTruth on a tiny but mighty team that allowed me the flexibility to pursue my interests. I was actually hired as a program coordinator, but the need for an analyst soon became clear and my team trusted me enough to fill the role. I was fortunate to learn from many other CEP analysts, and ultimately felt inspired to continue my education in a more formal setting. CEP taught me valuable skills in quality control and project planning, as well as how to collaborate and work successfully in teams (though luckily, every person I worked with was beyond incredible). I had fantastic role models at CEP/YouthTruth whom I try to channel when in leadership positions at school. I often ask myself: “What would [insert many names here] do?”

What do you miss most about working at CEP?
Definitely the people. YouthTruth/CEP colleagues are as good as they get. 

And that VIEW of the Bay in the San Francisco office! Whoa

What advice would you give someone about working at CEP?
Take advantage of the incredible support system you’ll have around you. If you have an idea, share it! Your ideas and input will be valued and taken seriously. 

Describe your perfect Sunday.
It would involve exactly 75-degree weather, some time outdoors and definitely a bagel.

Sophie Beiers