We work with a dynamic team of talented professionals who bring an array of skills, a wealth of experience and a commitment to engaging compassionately with our clients and course participants.


Public sector professionals empowered to make data meaningful and actionable.


Activating the talent, drive, and ability of public sector professionals to affect meaningful change in their organizations from within through direct training, mentoring, and strategic consulting work.


Build the capacity of organizations by training talent, informing action, and cultivating culture.


Using design thinking and user-centered design, we create engagements that are interactive, flexible, engaging, and relevant to the people we work with. Drawing on our wealth of training and experience, we will provide your team with a meaningful experience that will positively impact them and your organization.

Richard Dunks Founder

Richard Dunks is the founder and driving force behind Datapolitan. A decorated former military intelligence professional, Richard honed key data analytics skills in high-tempo operations to deliver timely, mission-critical results. An experienced analyst in the public sector, Richard has provided advanced analysis for federal and local governments, as well as non-profit organizations, and served as a catalyst for new ideas, approaches, and tools that build new capabilities and improve existing ones.


After graduating in 2014 from NYU's Center for Urban Science and Progress, the first urban informatics graduate program in the country, Richard started Datapolitan and began providing consulting services and training to local government agencies and non-profit organizations in data literacy, analytics, visualization, machine learning, and data-driven leadership. He has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University and Pratt Institute, teaching graduate classes in data analysis, mapping, information visualization, and machine learning. He currently lives in Dallas, Texas with his partner and infant son.