I live on a farmette in Central Maine, where my wife and I grow berries, fruit, veggies and flowers. When I’m not outside, I develop tools and tech for higher ed. At Colby, I oversee the Prospect Research team and develop new approaches to modeling and visualizing fundraising data. I also serve on the campaign leadership and principal gifts teams and have developed proposals for 8-figure charitable contributions.

Here are a few other things of note:

  • I was a founder of Third Coast Analytics, a successful and profitable stats consulting firm the IP of which was recently acquired by Capture Higher Ed;
  • A one-page version of my resume is available here (current as of Nov. 2017);
  • I have had the opportunity to work at several great colleges, including Carleton, Colby, and Reed;
  • I like teaching…I taught Latin and recently “retired” from teaching online courses in sociology; and
  • My College Explorer app is featured in RStudio’s Showcase and I am on their list of consultants.

Latest Blog Post

26 Jul 2017 . tech . DRIVE Presentation Comments

Open this post for a link to a public version of my APRA 2017 presentation…

Developing an Interactive Reporting and Prospect Research Tool using R/Shiny

Too many custom report requests? Disappointed with one-size fits all reporting solutions? Learn how to develop your own customized and interactive reporting solution for free using R and Shiny. Attendees will see a live demo of Colby College’s custom built web-based advancement reporting system and will learn how to get started with R and Shiny. Colby’s Prospect Finder system has automated the Advancement Division’s reporting and provides an intuitive and user-friendly...

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  • 2015 - Today

    Colby College,
    Assistant Vice President of Advancement Strategy & Donor Relations

  • 2014 - 2015

    Reed College,
    Data Visualization Technologist

  • 2010 - 2016

    Third Coast Analytics,
    VP Research

  • 2010 - 2012

    Carleton College,
    Assistant Dean of Admissions

  • 2008 - 2010

    University of Notre Dame,
    Grad School - Sociology, Center for Research on Educational Opportunity

  • 2003 - 2007

    Carleton College,
    Undergrad - Sociology & Anthropology, Summa Cum Laude


All works of art on this page are the creations of Brooke Vertin.


Drop me an email if you are interested in either me coding for you or teaching you R/Shiny!