Team

LOCAL

Our team is available to meet in person and online so we can dig into what matters quickly

PERSONABLE

Our team can explain data in plain language while never sacrificing the complexity of our field

EXPERIENCE

Our team are experts in a field full of rookies and we work hard to stay ahead of the herd

Founder & CEO
Data Scientist

Mike Zawitkowski

Mike Zawitkowski is a full stack data scientist with experience solving big data and machine learning problems since 1999—before “big data” and “machine learning” were trendy.

In 2016 Mike founded Acorn Analytics and has since led the team to strategically guide organizations towards more data-driven approaches. Past clients include software companies, startups, other consulting firms, and publicly traded companies in the Fortune 100. Mike and Acorn’s work has converted petabytes of data into millions of dollars of value.


Mike dreams of one day having alpacas (and one guard llama) on his property.

Senior Associate
Data Scientist

Liz Mitnick

Liz, who has been part of the Acorn team since early 2019, earned her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, followed by a Ph.D. in Earth Science from the University of California – Berkeley. During her academic tenure, she gained experience in analytics, data visualization, and programming.

After earning her degrees, Liz pivoted from academia to the tech universe, taking her analytical science training and putting it to work as a data-whisperer. Not only does she excel at finding nuggets of insight amid messy datasets, Liz is also expert at communicating findings to her clients – making sure recommendations are actionable, concrete, and of course – backed by data. 

In her spare time, Liz enjoys making free-form art, writing, practicing yoga, and hanging out with her cool neighbors in Haight-Ashbury.

Senior Associate
Data Scientist

Jai Bansal

Jai joined Acorn to be part of a great team solving interesting problems.


He studied Math and Economics at the University of Miami and later earned an MA in Economics from the University of Southern California. He’s previously analyzed data and built models in the furniture, restaurant, and energy drink industries. He’s always enjoyed working with numbers and discovering what they can teach us about the world.


Outside of work, Jai enjoys recreational soccer and competitive board gaming.

Project Manager, Biz Dev, Strategy
Jr Data Scientist

Amber Bruce

At her last company Amber was involved in the creating incentive programs for customers, telling the company origin story in a podcast, and developed/co-lead their culture hack program for employee-driven initiatives.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. She’s used this skill to create project roadmaps and presentation decks. Her early “career” started as a live-in volunteer with an intentional community in the remote forests of Oregon. There she learned conflict resolution, committee management, and the value of hard labor tending her farm and 80 acres of forest.
She’s most excited to be part of a company whose values are beneficial to the LGBTQ community and her lifelong home in the SF Bay Area.

Get to know our teammates.  

Melissa Lin

Data Scientist

Melissa spends too much time shopping online, putting things in her cart and never checking out.

Arash Payan

Software Developer

Arash does not own a pair of dress shoes.

Marcin Polkowski

Senior Data Scientist

Marcin has three daughters and still hopes for a son.

Sonia Przygocka

Full Stack Data Scientist

Sonia created a gatling gun out of paperclips for a class project.

Want to work with us? 

We’re looking for people that value curiosity, craftsmanship, communication, and learning.

Please note that we only consider applications that express specific interest in our company and who are interested in doing both client facing and behind-the-scenes analytical work.

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