About MeSeptember 23, 2017
Hello! I'm a Software Engineer working on improving government services at Nava, currently focused on healthcare.gov. Before Nava, I spent a number of years at Thumbtack, where I helped build the API used by Thumbtack's native mobile apps, and built tools to help service professionals find customers that were most relevant to them.
My interests include (a certain kind of) tech, government, social services, the criminal justice system, and how to responsibly use data in decision-making and writing.
A lot of the writing on this website will be about topics that I'm not an expert in - I may have read a few books and done some research, but they aren't my career area of expertise. I hope to use this as a place to clarify my own thinking and understanding of such topics. Especially when talking about areas that I'm less familiar with, I'll call out my assumptions and cite the material that helped form my understanding.
If you'd like to follow along with new posts, provide feedback on any of my writing, or otherwise contact me, you can find me elsewhere - I would love to hear from you!
"Nick Jones" is a pretty generic name - turns out that "firstname.lastname@example.org" was claimed long before I ever tried to get it. The "8" originally came from a childhood idol, Steven Gerrard.