Gio Altamirano Rayo

Chief Data Scientist at U.S. Department of State

Gio Altamirano Rayo, J.D., Ph.D. has extensive work experience in various government and academic roles. They currently work as the Chief Data Scientist at the U.S. Department of State, where they are responsible for AI and data science initiatives. Prior to this role, they served as a Senior Data Analyst and an International Relations Officer at the U.S. Department of Labor.

Gio Altamirano Rayo also has academic experience, having worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University, where they conducted political and policy analysis. They have also worked as a Fellow at the Congressional Research Service, focusing on global health and transnational crime.

Their earlier experience includes roles as an Assistant Instructor, Teaching Assistant, and Graduate Researcher at The University of Texas at Austin, where they conducted extensive fieldwork and analysis on property rights. They also served as an Assistant Director/Assistant Managing Editor at Vanderbilt University, overseeing research projects and collaborations.

Gio Altamirano Rayo's career began at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nicaragua, where they held various positions, including Director of the Division of Democratic Security, and played a key role in developing political strategies and negotiating agreements.

Overall, Gio Altamirano Rayo's experience spans government, academia, and research, with a focus on data science, policy analysis, and international relations.

Gio Altamirano Rayo, J.D., Ph.D. obtained a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in Comparative Law from Universidad Americana (UAM) from 1996 to 2002. Later, from 2004 to 2005, they obtained a Master's Degree in Law from Vanderbilt University Law School. From 2011 to 2017, they pursued a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Political Science and Government, with a GPA of 3.98, from The University of Texas at Austin. In addition, Gio Altamirano Rayo has obtained several certifications, including a Teaching Certificate in First-Year Interdisciplinary Instruction from The University of Texas at Austin in 2015 and various certificates from institutions such as the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and the United Nations Institute for Training & Research - UNITAR.


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  • Chief Data Scientist

    June, 2023 - present