Darren Kowitt

Darren Kowitt

Works at:

The Meehan Group- LLC

Location in:

Washington, DC 20005, United States

Darren Kowitt

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Works at:
The Meehan Group- LLC
Location in:
Washington, DC 20005, United States

Bio

A data geek with substantive systems integration and data architecture experience, for both enterprise clients and for research projects.
A passionate evangelist for cloud computing's ability to foster real-time collaboration among disparate team members.
An ethical thinker regarding big picture issues of business & society - where they're in agreement and enhance each other; and where contentiously they are at odds. This experience is both a result of moderating alumni activities with Columbia (E)MBAs of MetroDC and in prodding prestige MBA Admissions clients to take ownership of their own ideas about business and society's inter-relationships.

Darren speaks

  • Italian
  • Japanese

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Work

2014 – present

Social Media Strategy/Analytics & Cloud CRM Administrator

The Meehan Group- LLC
  • Conducted social media strategy and CRM strategy workshops with the founder to create a framework for for evaluating social media campaign effectiveness, and tracking leads resulting from said efforts.
  • Drafted fresh web-copy for a re-branded re-launch of the company's English-language site.
2014 – present

Prestige MBA Admissions Consultant

Amerasia Consulting Group Inc.
  • Taking clients through a coaching methodology that helps them to discern for themselves their reasons for applying to a top-tier MBA program, followed by helping them to craft essays & other application materials that effectively convey this self-awareness to the Admissions Committees in question.
2013 – present

On-Demand Salesforce.com Administrator & Executive Coach

Desktop Aeronautics
  • Evaluated historical usage of system to serve as a point of departure for taking Salesforce.com tenant to the next level. Facilitated "blue sky" Salesforce.com platform potential use cases & visioning so as to develop an agile system road-map.
  • Identified and trialed AppExchange offerings to meet needs identified in the history & visioning. Partial list includes LinkedIn, RedHot News, Skuid, Former Positions, Field Trip & Smartsheet Project Management.
  • Created custom fields and objects to align the database more closely with the CEO's evolving vision. Created record-type schema to support user page layouts that are streamlined to use cases associated with that user role. Furthermore, enhanced the field groupings & related list display properties in SysAdmin "comprehensive" page layouts designed to facilitate SysAdmin tasks & troubleshooting. Implemented role and hierarchy-based sharing policies.
  • Created demonstration materials for Salesforce.com Content, Content Deliveries and a demonstration case to show how Chatter participation will benefit the organization . Set up non-licensed staff with Chatter Free licenses.
2011 – present

Chief Succellerant

Succellerator Enterprises- LLC
  • Translated and packaged AARP experience in Enterprise SaaS Customization on the Salesforce.com platform into service offerings for smaller non-profits seeking to take advantage of the dramatic improvements in cost-benefit ratios for hosted IT solutions in the cloud architecture model.
  • Developed parallel offerings for Google Apps (Enterprise) and for Microsoft's Office 365 (2013) offerings, and comparison matrix framework to evaluate the pros and cons of a given client organization's as-is and to-be states and needs.
2008 – present

Chairperson

Columbia Business School Alumni of MetroDC
  • Migrated alumni club data from locally stored spreadsheets to the Salesforce.com and Google Apps cloud. Tested various vendor offerings for additional fucntionality (email campaign analysis; geocoding of residential and employer data; online collaboration among volunteers; hosted video of club events so as to spur membership and create publishing value).
  • Also developed live event programming ideas and sourced professors from Columbia to lecture or to moderate panels with subject matter specialists of varying views. Organized panels on
  • MBAs in Government
  • MBAs in Government Contracting
  • Government Relations: Career & Citizen Perspectives
  • How to Work with An Executive Recuiter
  • The 2008 Crash: What the Mortgage Data was Saying
  • The F(e)iner Points of Leadership
  • Why Do Good People Do Bad Things?
  • Developed fundraising strategies and met with alumni according to a moves management program to advance the club's agenda.
2006 – 2013

MBA Admissions Consultant

Veritas Prep
  • Coached clients on how to develop an MBA Gameplan and applications strategy for the portfolio of business schools to which they apply
  • Translated that game plan into strategically sound approaches to responding to each school's different essay question configuration
  • Harvested suitable anecdotes from clients and ranked them in terms of fit with strategy and mediagenic/halo effects
  • Evaluated early drafts to offer structural sequencing of argument, followed by sentence and word-level edits so that the final product was both measured in tone, vivid and free from self-serving arguments
2012
(Apr – Nov)

Public Trust Contractor - Treasury Offset Payments Program

U.S. Department of the Treasury - Financial Management Service
  • Analyzed a large scale improper payments recovery simulation run in a Treasury Offset Program “sandbox” database environment that sought to match debts owed by citizens to various state agencies within a portfolio of pilot states and federally funded state social programs servicing various vulnerable populations
  • The Sandbox sought matches on Taxpayer Identification Numbers (TIN) between approximately 44MM federal payments totaling over $115 BB and a debt portfolio with an aggregate value not far shy of $400MM spread across about 325,000 constituent debts
  • Analyzed summary aggregate data for the $300MM+ worth of debts submitted by pilot states and the results of the simulation, which ran prospective IRS refund and OPM and a select subset of Social Security payments against the debts in the pilot portfolio (all of which had been certified so as to address due process concerns)
  • Used basic statistical analysis techniques, coupled with select attributes of debts that matched against a payment, to model intermediate state changes in the composition of the pilot portfolio, to look for trends and to posit hypotheses as explanations
  • Developed end-to-end process maps for from state agencies submitting debts through database match process
  • Conducted sensitivity analyses under various strictures and relaxations of policies to assess the impact on potential collection yields that such policy changes --- ultimately to be used in crafting new legislation – might have on various social-services beneficiary populations
  • Used difference between one annual tax refund payment and 12 monthly OPM and SSA support payments to devise dynamic portfolio segments and to model the by-month and by-year histograms of how long it would take each debt not extinguished by its first matching offset to be paid in full.
2010 – 2012

Advocacy & Fundraising Systems Development & Integration Planner

AARP
  • Developed business case justification, end user use cases, test use cases and testing kits for integrating data feeds, ETL and initial load-up for multidirectional sync feeds between legacy contact database with 100MM constituents and advocacy and online fundraising platforms with 10MM constituents.
  • Developed custom objects and workflows in Salesforce.com so as to skirt the API call limits & time outs of reporting within the web interface and yet extract multiple columns and objects within a 7MM row advocacy constituent table.
  • Used Apex Dataloader (22) and CRM Fusion People Importer for mass upload, up-sert, deletion and extracts across various ad-hoc ETL processes.
  • Devised testing plans to validate the critical break/fix had been repaired, and went to vendor for testing sessions within the SAAS firewall, developing recommendations in response to data malformations found, and iteratively moving testing results to acceptable cost/benefit levels.
  • Surveyed multi-channel business users to development functional requirements for integrated campaign planning and business intelligence platform in MicroStrategy. Documented findings in both Visio and integrated with 7 level Enterprise Architecture maintained in MetaStorm ProVision 6.2
  • Ran quarterly feeds of c-4 fundraising from Convio Online Marketing for export into Merkle Money Maker. ~$1MM across 40,000 small transactions.
  • Developed internal support bureau processes to centralize Education & Outreach' webinar efforts on the On24 platform, and developed requirement for developing feeds from the On24 DataMart to AARP Insight pscyhographic DB (Netezza)
  • Used MS Access coupled with string-to-hexadecimal function to identify unique SFIDs in two legacy segments of 2.4MM rows for deletion so as to reduce cloud computing expenses.
  • Developed MS Access modeling tool to identify and categorize error types in a mass of 100,000 errors from initial loading.
2008 – 2011

Treasurer

Columbia University Alumni Club of DC
  • Monitor the organization's finances, membership marketing activities, and preparation of the form 990.
  • Attend monthly board meetings and implement financial decisions reached therein.
2010
(Feb – Jun)

Raiser's Edge Data Architect

The Humane Society of the United States
  • Providing outsourced DBA services and a remediation plan to unlock Raiser's Edge's full capabilities for supporting a moves-management-system-based high-touch philanthropy program at an organization whose strengths are direct mail, direct response TV and web/social networking.
2009 – 2010
(Sep – May)

Fundraising Strategy Consultant - Capital Partners for Education Project

Compass DC
  • Conducted a strategic review of the operations and funding model of Capital Partners for Education a DC-area non-profit (mission: CPE changes lives. Capital Partners for Education helps students attend private high school and go to college. We know our students can achieve great things — once the right doors are opened. We can help — by providing mentoring, academic support, and enrichment opportunities. A central part of our students’ success is a concerned and active CPE community of parents, mentors, schools, alumni, and donors.) Built model for backing strategic recommendations vis-a-vis funding and expanding into Charter Schools in DC>
2008 – 2010

Fundraising Data Architect

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology Partnership Fund
  • Work with the Fund's board to maximize revenue and devise managerially actionable reporting sctructures for tracking individual giving and corporate/foundation relations programs.
2008 – 2009
(Feb – Jan)

Fundraising Data Architect

Reading Is Fundamental
  • Maintaining the donorbase and developing segmentation strategies to deliver more revenue from donor need insights.
2007

Raiser's Edge Database Marketer

SOS Children's Villages
  • Developed a Campaign/Appeal/Fund coding schema to remedy ad hoc coding that hindered like-to-like year-over-year comparisons.
  • Coded time normalized reporting to analyze face-to-face contributions as a function of relationship length (versus absolute date)
  • Identified pattern of face-to-face donors who withdrew early and used this evidence to secure refund from face-to-face fundraising vendor
2004 – 2006

Data Modeler

Aries Medical Holdings
2003 – 2004
(Jan – Oct)

Fundraising Database Consultant

ACLU Foundation
  • Consultant to the Director of Planned Giving Program
  • Developed integrated MSAccess-Word automated system for campaign reply processing of 130,000 piece planned giving mailings with over 400 replies. Integrated system with PGCalc charitable annuity software to automate the process of creating annuity proposals for donors.
  • System shortened response processing from 10 to 2 minutes per inquiry, generated accountability with time-stamping and by-user QA, and reduced reporting time from 4 days to instantaneously
2000 – 2002

Solutions Delivery / Client Partner

Mobilocity
  • • Business Development: Closed deals and ensured successful transition between project phases & contracts. Personally closed $180,000 in contracts.
  • • Customized statements of work for client projects, and coordinated with client-side legal department to obtain client-side signatures.
  • • Performed project & system scoping, functional requirements documentation and functionality prioritization.
  • • Engagement Team Leader for New York Presbyterian Hospital/Perioperative Services

Work

2014 – present

Social Media Strategy/Analytics & Cloud CRM Administrator

The Meehan Group- LLC
  • Conducted social media strategy and CRM strategy workshops with the founder to create a framework for for evaluating social media campaign effectiveness, and tracking leads resulting from said efforts.
  • Drafted fresh web-copy for a re-branded re-launch of the company's English-language site.
2014 – present

Prestige MBA Admissions Consultant

Amerasia Consulting Group Inc.
  • Taking clients through a coaching methodology that helps them to discern for themselves their reasons for applying to a top-tier MBA program, followed by helping them to craft essays & other application materials that effectively convey this self-awareness to the Admissions Committees in question.
2013 – present

On-Demand Salesforce.com Administrator & Executive Coach

Desktop Aeronautics
  • Evaluated historical usage of system to serve as a point of departure for taking Salesforce.com tenant to the next level. Facilitated "blue sky" Salesforce.com platform potential use cases & visioning so as to develop an agile system road-map.
  • Identified and trialed AppExchange offerings to meet needs identified in the history & visioning. Partial list includes LinkedIn, RedHot News, Skuid, Former Positions, Field Trip & Smartsheet Project Management.
  • Created custom fields and objects to align the database more closely with the CEO's evolving vision. Created record-type schema to support user page layouts that are streamlined to use cases associated with that user role. Furthermore, enhanced the field groupings & related list display properties in SysAdmin "comprehensive" page layouts designed to facilitate SysAdmin tasks & troubleshooting. Implemented role and hierarchy-based sharing policies.
  • Created demonstration materials for Salesforce.com Content, Content Deliveries and a demonstration case to show how Chatter participation will benefit the organization . Set up non-licensed staff with Chatter Free licenses.
2011 – present

Chief Succellerant

Succellerator Enterprises- LLC
  • Translated and packaged AARP experience in Enterprise SaaS Customization on the Salesforce.com platform into service offerings for smaller non-profits seeking to take advantage of the dramatic improvements in cost-benefit ratios for hosted IT solutions in the cloud architecture model.
  • Developed parallel offerings for Google Apps (Enterprise) and for Microsoft's Office 365 (2013) offerings, and comparison matrix framework to evaluate the pros and cons of a given client organization's as-is and to-be states and needs.
2008 – present

Chairperson

Columbia Business School Alumni of MetroDC
  • Migrated alumni club data from locally stored spreadsheets to the Salesforce.com and Google Apps cloud. Tested various vendor offerings for additional fucntionality (email campaign analysis; geocoding of residential and employer data; online collaboration among volunteers; hosted video of club events so as to spur membership and create publishing value).
  • Also developed live event programming ideas and sourced professors from Columbia to lecture or to moderate panels with subject matter specialists of varying views. Organized panels on
  • MBAs in Government
  • MBAs in Government Contracting
  • Government Relations: Career & Citizen Perspectives
  • How to Work with An Executive Recuiter
  • The 2008 Crash: What the Mortgage Data was Saying
  • The F(e)iner Points of Leadership
  • Why Do Good People Do Bad Things?
  • Developed fundraising strategies and met with alumni according to a moves management program to advance the club's agenda.
2006 – 2013

MBA Admissions Consultant

Veritas Prep
  • Coached clients on how to develop an MBA Gameplan and applications strategy for the portfolio of business schools to which they apply
  • Translated that game plan into strategically sound approaches to responding to each school's different essay question configuration
  • Harvested suitable anecdotes from clients and ranked them in terms of fit with strategy and mediagenic/halo effects
  • Evaluated early drafts to offer structural sequencing of argument, followed by sentence and word-level edits so that the final product was both measured in tone, vivid and free from self-serving arguments
2012
(Apr – Nov)

Public Trust Contractor - Treasury Offset Payments Program

U.S. Department of the Treasury - Financial Management Service
  • Analyzed a large scale improper payments recovery simulation run in a Treasury Offset Program “sandbox” database environment that sought to match debts owed by citizens to various state agencies within a portfolio of pilot states and federally funded state social programs servicing various vulnerable populations
  • The Sandbox sought matches on Taxpayer Identification Numbers (TIN) between approximately 44MM federal payments totaling over $115 BB and a debt portfolio with an aggregate value not far shy of $400MM spread across about 325,000 constituent debts
  • Analyzed summary aggregate data for the $300MM+ worth of debts submitted by pilot states and the results of the simulation, which ran prospective IRS refund and OPM and a select subset of Social Security payments against the debts in the pilot portfolio (all of which had been certified so as to address due process concerns)
  • Used basic statistical analysis techniques, coupled with select attributes of debts that matched against a payment, to model intermediate state changes in the composition of the pilot portfolio, to look for trends and to posit hypotheses as explanations
  • Developed end-to-end process maps for from state agencies submitting debts through database match process
  • Conducted sensitivity analyses under various strictures and relaxations of policies to assess the impact on potential collection yields that such policy changes --- ultimately to be used in crafting new legislation – might have on various social-services beneficiary populations
  • Used difference between one annual tax refund payment and 12 monthly OPM and SSA support payments to devise dynamic portfolio segments and to model the by-month and by-year histograms of how long it would take each debt not extinguished by its first matching offset to be paid in full.
2010 – 2012

Advocacy & Fundraising Systems Development & Integration Planner

AARP
  • Developed business case justification, end user use cases, test use cases and testing kits for integrating data feeds, ETL and initial load-up for multidirectional sync feeds between legacy contact database with 100MM constituents and advocacy and online fundraising platforms with 10MM constituents.
  • Developed custom objects and workflows in Salesforce.com so as to skirt the API call limits & time outs of reporting within the web interface and yet extract multiple columns and objects within a 7MM row advocacy constituent table.
  • Used Apex Dataloader (22) and CRM Fusion People Importer for mass upload, up-sert, deletion and extracts across various ad-hoc ETL processes.
  • Devised testing plans to validate the critical break/fix had been repaired, and went to vendor for testing sessions within the SAAS firewall, developing recommendations in response to data malformations found, and iteratively moving testing results to acceptable cost/benefit levels.
  • Surveyed multi-channel business users to development functional requirements for integrated campaign planning and business intelligence platform in MicroStrategy. Documented findings in both Visio and integrated with 7 level Enterprise Architecture maintained in MetaStorm ProVision 6.2
  • Ran quarterly feeds of c-4 fundraising from Convio Online Marketing for export into Merkle Money Maker. ~$1MM across 40,000 small transactions.
  • Developed internal support bureau processes to centralize Education & Outreach' webinar efforts on the On24 platform, and developed requirement for developing feeds from the On24 DataMart to AARP Insight pscyhographic DB (Netezza)
  • Used MS Access coupled with string-to-hexadecimal function to identify unique SFIDs in two legacy segments of 2.4MM rows for deletion so as to reduce cloud computing expenses.
  • Developed MS Access modeling tool to identify and categorize error types in a mass of 100,000 errors from initial loading.
2008 – 2011

Treasurer

Columbia University Alumni Club of DC
  • Monitor the organization's finances, membership marketing activities, and preparation of the form 990.
  • Attend monthly board meetings and implement financial decisions reached therein.
2010
(Feb – Jun)

Raiser's Edge Data Architect

The Humane Society of the United States
  • Providing outsourced DBA services and a remediation plan to unlock Raiser's Edge's full capabilities for supporting a moves-management-system-based high-touch philanthropy program at an organization whose strengths are direct mail, direct response TV and web/social networking.
2009 – 2010
(Sep – May)

Fundraising Strategy Consultant - Capital Partners for Education Project

Compass DC
  • Conducted a strategic review of the operations and funding model of Capital Partners for Education a DC-area non-profit (mission: CPE changes lives. Capital Partners for Education helps students attend private high school and go to college. We know our students can achieve great things — once the right doors are opened. We can help — by providing mentoring, academic support, and enrichment opportunities. A central part of our students’ success is a concerned and active CPE community of parents, mentors, schools, alumni, and donors.) Built model for backing strategic recommendations vis-a-vis funding and expanding into Charter Schools in DC>
2008 – 2010

Fundraising Data Architect

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology Partnership Fund
  • Work with the Fund's board to maximize revenue and devise managerially actionable reporting sctructures for tracking individual giving and corporate/foundation relations programs.
2008 – 2009
(Feb – Jan)

Fundraising Data Architect

Reading Is Fundamental
  • Maintaining the donorbase and developing segmentation strategies to deliver more revenue from donor need insights.
2007

Raiser's Edge Database Marketer

SOS Children's Villages
  • Developed a Campaign/Appeal/Fund coding schema to remedy ad hoc coding that hindered like-to-like year-over-year comparisons.
  • Coded time normalized reporting to analyze face-to-face contributions as a function of relationship length (versus absolute date)
  • Identified pattern of face-to-face donors who withdrew early and used this evidence to secure refund from face-to-face fundraising vendor
2004 – 2006

Data Modeler

Aries Medical Holdings
2003 – 2004
(Jan – Oct)

Fundraising Database Consultant

ACLU Foundation
  • Consultant to the Director of Planned Giving Program
  • Developed integrated MSAccess-Word automated system for campaign reply processing of 130,000 piece planned giving mailings with over 400 replies. Integrated system with PGCalc charitable annuity software to automate the process of creating annuity proposals for donors.
  • System shortened response processing from 10 to 2 minutes per inquiry, generated accountability with time-stamping and by-user QA, and reduced reporting time from 4 days to instantaneously
2000 – 2002

Solutions Delivery / Client Partner

Mobilocity
  • • Business Development: Closed deals and ensured successful transition between project phases & contracts. Personally closed $180,000 in contracts.
  • • Customized statements of work for client projects, and coordinated with client-side legal department to obtain client-side signatures.
  • • Performed project & system scoping, functional requirements documentation and functionality prioritization.
  • • Engagement Team Leader for New York Presbyterian Hospital/Perioperative Services

Education

1996 – 1997

Columbia Business School

MBA
1987 – 1991

Yale University

B.A.

Clubs

Not a member of any clubs

Additional Info

Website
succelleratorsaas.wordpress.com