Haftan Eckholdt
Chief Data Officer & Chief Science Officer, Understood.org

Haftan Eckholdt is Chief Data Officer and Chief Science Officer at Understood.org, where he is building a data science team and new programs, products, and experiences for people with learning differences to complement existing programs for their parents, teachers, and employers. Prior to this, he was chief data science officer at Plated, a meal kit company. His early career included academic research appointments in neuroscience followed by industry research appointments at companies like Amazon and AIG. In his spare time, he thinks about things like chess, cooking, cross-country skiing, jogging, and reading. When things get really, really busy, he actually plays chess, cooks delicious meals and jogs a lot. Born and raised in Baltimore, Haftan has been a resident of Brooklyn since 1990. Haftan holds MA and PhD degrees in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University, an MS in Biostatistics from Columbia University, and a BS in Psychology from Emory University.

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