Starting at 19 years old, Shawn says he feels lucky to have discovered the “puzzles” he likes to solve at such a young age. Jump forward a “couple” of years, Shawn brings that experience to his clients as the Practice Lead of Baleen Data, Geffen Mesher’s branded division that helps organizations optimize their information assets. Prior to joining Geffen Mesher to start Baleen Data, he was a Partner and Data Practice Lead at a consulting firm in Beaverton, a National Data Leader for Hitachi Consulting, and has travelled extensively throughout North America helping clients of all sizes with their data and analytics.

Always close to the data, his passion is translating raw information into actionable insights. He also teaches at Portland State University in the Graduate School of Business where he teaches a course in Data Storytelling and acts as a Graduate Thesis Advisor to Applied Data Science for Business graduate students. He has also developed data and analytics coursework for the Undergraduate level that is taught by other instructors.

Professional Organizations

Trillium Family Foundation - Board Member

Portland State University : Graduate Capstone Advisor - Masters in Applied Data Science for Business

Portland State University : Adjunct Instructor - Masters in Business Administration

Portland State University : Instructor - Center for Executive and Professional Education


Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Regis University, 2006

Masters in Business Administration, Portland State University, 2009

Key to Success

“Without data you're just another person with an opinion.” - Edward Deming"


Data Strategy
Data Architecture
Data Visualization
Data Transformation, Lineage, & Mapping
Data Modeling
Data Profiling & Cleansing
Data Analysis