Raanan is BlueConduit’s Senior Product Manager. Here’s a quick Q&A with Raanan.
Why did you join BlueConduit?
I joined BlueConduit because I believe that accessible, safe drinking water is a human right. Everyday myself and so many others take for granted the abundance of clean water we have access to. So working for a company dedicated to helping people, especially those in under-served communities, motivates me everyday to do the best job I can. BlueConduit’s mission to use data science to foster healthy, informed, and engaged communities resonates with me, not only as a lover of technology, but also as a passionate advocate for social, environmental, and restorative justice.
What professional experience and expertise do you bring to BlueConduit?
My journey with BlueConduit began in 2019 while I completed my undergraduate thesis on the lead problem in Pittsburgh, PA. My paper focused on the application of machine learning to the process of lead service line replacements, and its first citation was from the founders of BlueConduit speaking about their successful response to the crisis in Flint, MI.
Beyond my experience on the subject of lead, I have spent the past five years engaged in the civic tech community through a number of professional and academic pursuits. I have been fortunate to work in a number of consulting positions in government at the local and Federal levels, giving me valuable experience and perspective on the needs of public servants when it comes to technology and data.
What does a day in the life of BlueConduit’s Senior Product Manager look like?
I start my days as a product manager checking in with my teammates across the different vital functions of the company. My job is to keep everyone aligned on product vision and strategy, from executive leadership to sales to engineering. This means maintaining open lines of communication between different teams and stakeholders and organizing the materials and resources that help give every team member a common idea of the amazing products we are building. I like to do this through rapid visual prototyping and storyboarding, transforming new ideas into visualizations, maps, or mockups that turn an abstract concept into a compelling user story.
What work accomplishments are you most proud of and what goals have you prioritized for this year?
I am so proud of my work at BlueConduit because, as part of a small company at the intersection of data science and social impact, I have been able to make significant contributions to work that is both intellectually challenging and measurably impactful in the real world. To that effect, my goals for this year all revolve around launching an amazing product that not only works well, but also works for as many communities across the country as possible.
How do you spend your time outside of work?
I spend my time outside work enjoying the company of my family and friends in New York City, taking advantage of the incredible food, music, and public parks. I particularly enjoy walking through Central Park, visiting art museums, and trying new restaurants and cafes. But when the weather is cold, staying in to cook and watch Netflix is the perfect alternative.