Theory

The Theory team is the hub of R&D at Locus. The mission of the Theory stream is to refine the Locus Model and to develop applications that enable people, businesses, and governments to understand and effect change in economic communities. Our team believes that the Locus Model will illuminate patterns, trends, and outliers and be transformative in the way we organize, relate, and study economic data.  

 

Richard Kahn - Team Lead Richard joined Locus after participating in the summer internship. He co-leads the team working on Locus theory, which he affectionately dubs "economic metaphysics." Before joining Locus, Richard attended Yale University, graduating magna cum laude with a BA in Math & Philosophy. His senior thesis explored the connection between the demonstrated undecidability of the Continuum Hypothesis and whether numbers exist. (He thinks they do.)   Prior to Yale, Richard spent a year in Israel studying Jewish texts, and he continues to study Talmud regularly. Richard is a pianist and music lover, with a keen interest in klezmer, classical music, bluegrass, and Phish. Richard is also a CFA® charterholder.

Richard Kahn - Team Lead

Richard joined Locus after participating in the summer internship. He co-leads the team working on Locus theory, which he affectionately dubs "economic metaphysics." Before joining Locus, Richard attended Yale University, graduating magna cum laude with a BA in Math & Philosophy. His senior thesis explored the connection between the demonstrated undecidability of the Continuum Hypothesis and whether numbers exist. (He thinks they do.)
 
Prior to Yale, Richard spent a year in Israel studying Jewish texts, and he continues to study Talmud regularly. Richard is a pianist and music lover, with a keen interest in klezmer, classical music, bluegrass, and Phish. Richard is also a CFA® charterholder.

Derya Akbaba - Team Lead Derya joined Locus after graduating from Cornell University with a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations, specializing in Cognitive Science and Economics. While at Cornell she was editor of The Public Journal, a researcher for computational psychology and public policy labs, and volunteered at a local prison where she taught young girls to draw. At Locus, Derya is learning how to combine lessons learned from cognitive science with the art of storytelling. She is passionate about the emerging role technology is playing in our lives and how we can best learn from the data surrounding us.

Derya Akbaba - Team Lead

Derya joined Locus after graduating from Cornell University with a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations, specializing in Cognitive Science and Economics. While at Cornell she was editor of The Public Journal, a researcher for computational psychology and public policy labs, and volunteered at a local prison where she taught young girls to draw.

At Locus, Derya is learning how to combine lessons learned from cognitive science with the art of storytelling. She is passionate about the emerging role technology is playing in our lives and how we can best learn from the data surrounding us.

Hazim Al-Eryani Hazim is an associate focusing on applying the Locus system to industries in developing countries and using the Locus platform to run economic analyses on local economies. He is looking forward to the day when he can analyze the economy of his home country, Yemen, using the Locus model. Hazim graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a degree in International Relations with a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies and Sustainable Development, and received a Master's degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University with a concentration in Development Economics and International Business Relations. Prior to Locus, he worked with the International Crisis Group, Amnesty International, and the Atlantic Council.

Hazim Al-Eryani

Hazim is an associate focusing on applying the Locus system to industries in developing countries and using the Locus platform to run economic analyses on local economies. He is looking forward to the day when he can analyze the economy of his home country, Yemen, using the Locus model.

Hazim graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a degree in International Relations with a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies and Sustainable Development, and received a Master's degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University with a concentration in Development Economics and International Business Relations. Prior to Locus, he worked with the International Crisis Group, Amnesty International, and the Atlantic Council.

Joseph Kelly As a member of the Theory team, Joe spends his days and nights fine-tuning the Locus Model. He is particularly interested in identifying the fundamental underpinnings of the model and how they compare to traditional economic theories. Prior to joining Locus, Joe graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Economics and the Program of Liberal Studies. His senior thesis explored the tension between religious faith and philosophical skepticism in the essays of the early modern philosopher Michel de Montaigne. When he's not thinking about functional information systems, Joe reads and writes about religion’s role in a postmodern society, plays soccer in Prospect Park, and thinks about how big New York is. Calvin and Hobbes played a formative role in his personal development.

Joseph Kelly

As a member of the Theory team, Joe spends his days and nights fine-tuning the Locus Model. He is particularly interested in identifying the fundamental underpinnings of the model and how they compare to traditional economic theories. Prior to joining Locus, Joe graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Economics and the Program of Liberal Studies. His senior thesis explored the tension between religious faith and philosophical skepticism in the essays of the early modern philosopher Michel de Montaigne.

When he's not thinking about functional information systems, Joe reads and writes about religion’s role in a postmodern society, plays soccer in Prospect Park, and thinks about how big New York is. Calvin and Hobbes played a formative role in his personal development.

Joe Lacey As a member of the theory team, Joe spends much of his time refining the Locus Model, but enjoys the occasional stint working on locus education programs. He is excited about building classification tools that will empower all participants in the economy with access to straightforward, usable economic data. Joe graduated summa cum laude from American University with a BA in International Economics. He is passionate about speechwriting, road cycling, and the national park system. Joe speaks German and feels most at home when surrounded by mountains—especially the Alps.

Joe Lacey

As a member of the theory team, Joe spends much of his time refining the Locus Model, but enjoys the occasional stint working on locus education programs. He is excited about building classification tools that will empower all participants in the economy with access to straightforward, usable economic data.

Joe graduated summa cum laude from American University with a BA in International Economics. He is passionate about speechwriting, road cycling, and the national park system. Joe speaks German and feels most at home when surrounded by mountains—especially the Alps.

W. Aaron Lee Aaron joined the Theory team in 2016 having interned at Locus the prior summer. He is most excited about using data analytics to test and refine the Locus Model, particularly to identify functional trends in labor automation. Aaron graduated from Cornell University with honors and high distinction in Human Neuroscience, and spent most of his time conducting research on false memory (remembering something that didn't actually happen). When not reading books on genomics or network science, he can be found playing soccer — whether in real life or on the Xbox.

W. Aaron Lee

Aaron joined the Theory team in 2016 having interned at Locus the prior summer. He is most excited about using data analytics to test and refine the Locus Model, particularly to identify functional trends in labor automation.

Aaron graduated from Cornell University with honors and high distinction in Human Neuroscience, and spent most of his time conducting research on false memory (remembering something that didn't actually happen). When not reading books on genomics or network science, he can be found playing soccer — whether in real life or on the Xbox.

Diana McKeage After interning with Locus, Diana returned fulltime to create and lead the Economic Communities team that applies Locus classification tools to study local and meta-communities of economic systems such as cities, towns, and industries. Diana graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Literature and minors in Government and Latin American Studies. Prior to Locus she worked in microfinance in Nicaragua and Argentina. Currently she is helping launch PASSNYC, a non-profit dedicated to improving access to educational opportunity in New York City.

Diana McKeage

After interning with Locus, Diana returned fulltime to create and lead the Economic Communities team that applies Locus classification tools to study local and meta-communities of economic systems such as cities, towns, and industries.

Diana graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Literature and minors in Government and Latin American Studies. Prior to Locus she worked in microfinance in Nicaragua and Argentina. Currently she is helping launch PASSNYC, a non-profit dedicated to improving access to educational opportunity in New York City.

Elizabeth Prior Elizabeth joined the Theory team after interning with Locus. She specializes in Labor analytics and the Locus Education Program and is particularly excited about the application of Locus theory to community analysis. Elizabeth received a BS with honors in International Economics from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. She concentrated in growth, transition, and development studies and performed a quantitative study of the welfare effects of widowhood in Nigeria.

Elizabeth Prior

Elizabeth joined the Theory team after interning with Locus. She specializes in Labor analytics and the Locus Education Program and is particularly excited about the application of Locus theory to community analysis.

Elizabeth received a BS with honors in International Economics from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. She concentrated in growth, transition, and development studies and performed a quantitative study of the welfare effects of widowhood in Nigeria.

Treasure Tinsley Treasure splits her time between the Data and Theory teams at Locus. As part of Data, she works on refining the team's model used to automate the classification of companies. On the Theory team, Treasure helps tackle questions about the Locus system and develops educational tools based on the Locus Model. Treasure graduated from Swarthmore College with an Honors major in History and a minor in Art History, with a focus on Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her thesis analyzed gender roles in maternal and natal healthcare posters in the Soviet Union. 

Treasure Tinsley

Treasure splits her time between the Data and Theory teams at Locus. As part of Data, she works on refining the team's model used to automate the classification of companies. On the Theory team, Treasure helps tackle questions about the Locus system and develops educational tools based on the Locus Model. Treasure graduated from Swarthmore College with an Honors major in History and a minor in Art History, with a focus on Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her thesis analyzed gender roles in maternal and natal healthcare posters in the Soviet Union. 

 
Grayson Warrick Grayson joined the Theory team after interning with Locus. He works on developing the underlying properties of the Locus Model, and so far has focused on refining our understanding of government expenditures and consumer product usage within our framework. Grayson graduated cum laude from Columbia University with a BA in Economics and Middle Eastern Studies. His Economics senior project and Middle Eastern Studies senior thesis both analyzed the role of charity within the social, religious, and political fabric of Middle Eastern nations. In his spare time, Grayson wonders how many people have made it all the way to the bottom of this page and read his bio.

Grayson Warrick

Grayson joined the Theory team after interning with Locus. He works on developing the underlying properties of the Locus Model, and so far has focused on refining our understanding of government expenditures and consumer product usage within our framework.

Grayson graduated cum laude from Columbia University with a BA in Economics and Middle Eastern Studies. His Economics senior project and Middle Eastern Studies senior thesis both analyzed the role of charity within the social, religious, and political fabric of Middle Eastern nations. In his spare time, Grayson wonders how many people have made it all the way to the bottom of this page and read his bio.