Marie Lowman
Senior Manager, Industry Consulting, SAS

Marie Lowman has been making government more efficient with analytics for the better part of two decades, settling on, and never getting over, the fact that if we can do better, then we must do better. Throughout her career Marie has not only spoken, written, and thought extensively about governments doing better for their constituents, but she is also practicing it. As a three-term elected councilmember, and an appointed planning and zoning commissioner for more than five years, Marie practices what she preaches. She's seen firsthand how important government decisions are made and holds firm the belief that decisions impacting the community shouldn't be made on gut-feel alone. Useful, valuable data surrounds us and should be leveraged in our elected officials' decision making process.

Marie's career has afforded her the opportunity to work with government officials around the world, engaging in dialogue with leaders from Estonia to South Africa, Australia, Eritrea, and beyond. It is this practical, on-the-ground engagement that has fostered an enlightened, culturally diverse perspective on the community, locality, and nationwide benefits of data-driven decision making.

Marie serves on the board of Red Arena, a therapeutic riding center for disabled children, is the Lake Travis ISD Special Education Parent Adviser for Bee Cave Elementary School, and a parent volunteer for the Lake Pointe Lazers Swim Team, among various other volunteer activities.  

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A Practical Guide to Analytics for Governments: Using Big Data for Good

By Marie Lowman

A Practical Guide to Analytics for Governments provides demonstrations of real-world analytics applications for legislators, policy-makers, and support staff at the federal, state, and local levels. Big data and analytics are transforming industries across the board, and government can reap many of those same benefits by applying analytics to processes and programs already in place. From healthcare delivery and child well-being, to crime and program fraud, analytics can—in fact, already does—transform the way government works. This book shows you how analytics can be implemented in your own milieu: What is the downstream impact of new legislation? How can we make programs more efficient? Is it possible to predict policy outcomes without analytics? How do I get started building analytics into my government organization? The answers are all here, with accessible explanations and useful advice from an expert in the field.