The Innovative Cities Lecture Series

From Data to Action: Using Local Data to Address Community Issues presentation by Dr. David Amaya, President and Executive Director of Data You Can Use, and Danya Littlefield, Community Research and Data Communication Program Manager at Data You Can Use.

Lecture Summary:

Data You Can Use (DYCU) is an organization dedicated to making data accessible and useful in improving community conditions in Milwaukee neighborhoods and across Wisconsin. The diverse group of professionals at DYCU help people analyze and translate local data to address important issues at the neighborhood scale. Hear from Victor Amaya and Danya Littlefield as they introduce Data You Can Use, invite viewers to use its resources as a vital tool in their work, and share about their projects that bridge the gap between data and action in community planning.


Dr. Victor Amaya is the President and Executive Director of Data You Can Use. He leads DYCU’s strategy and operations with a goal of helping the organization drive impact to improve conditions in the community. Before joining Data You Can Use, he led the Impact Department and served as the Interim Executive Director at City Year Milwaukee, the local affiliate of a national education non-profit. Victor earned his BA in Sociology and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. He earned a MS in Administrative Leadership as well as a Doctorate in Leadership in the Advancement of Learning from Cardinal Stritch University.

Danya Littlefield is the Community Research and Data Communication Program Manager at Data You Can Use. She is an urban planner with a passion for telling stories through data and graphics and has experience working with a wide range of communities, organizations, and stakeholders on planning and engagement processes that address topics such as economic development, housing, transportation, and sustainability. Prior to joining Data You Can Use, Danya worked as a planner and urban designer with GRAEF, where she had the opportunity to work on projects both in Milwaukee and throughout the state and region. Danya holds a B.A. from Kenyon College, where she studied Studio Art and English, as well as a Master in City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

AICP-CM credits will be awarded.

Questions, comments?

All lectures are free and open to planners, students, staff, faculty, and friends of the University. Please contact Blythe Waldbillig, Department of Urban Planning Project Assistant at