John Whitmer is the Senior Director for Data Science and Analytics for ACT, Inc. In this role, he leads a team of data scientists, psychometricians, and learning analytics researchers to conduct foundational research and to develop operational algorithms. These algorithms are embedded within ACT products and also power partner institutions and application. Prior to joining ACT, John led learning analytics research and development at Blackboard, the educational technology company and also led large-scale educational technology initiatives for the Chancellor’s Offices for the California State University and California Community Colleges.

Underlying this technology work is a commitment to serving underserved and marginalized students. John holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from UC Davis and a Master’s Degree in Socio-cultural Anthropology from UC Davis.

Contact: John.Whitmer (at)