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Panelist Bio

Nihal Shrinath
The Data Center

Nihal Shrinath is Data Manager and Research Associate for the Data Center. The Data Center collects data on disaster recovery, regional economic analysis, workforce development, racial disparity indicators, blight reduction, affordable housing, and coastal population movements for Southeast Louisiana.

Nihal leads the Data Center’s research on the development of the water management cluster in Southeast Louisiana as published in The Coastal Index series. Nihal is an economic scholar with an acute passion for demographic and geographic trends as well as issues of urban revitalization and environmental sustainability. He also provides research and analysis, for The Data Center’s many information products.

Nihal came to The Data Center in 2014 from Resource Environmental Solutions (RES), a wetlands mitigation provider where he directed data analysis and land mapping for the Emerging Markets team in addition to overseeing the regulatory approval of environmental restoration plans. At RES, he used federal databases and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to analyze mitigation demand and he used publically available environmental datasets to identify environmentally fragile wetlands and streams. He also developed integrated systems for land search, sales prospecting, and expansion.

Before RES, Nihal worked as a developer and integration specialist at a Health IT start-up in New Orleans. He originally came to New Orleans as part of the Venture for America fellowship, a program designed to place young graduates in start-ups in America’s economically transitioning cities. Nihal holds dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Computer Science from Amherst College, and hails from Boston, Massachusetts.

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