Leonel Nieto

3441 W. Brookway Drive · West Valley City, UT 84119 · (801) 674-2989 ·

A strong work ethic and process oriented approach have allowed me to excel in my job as a director in the non-profit sector and and more recently as a business intelligence and data analytics expert where I have a proven track record of innovative ideas and methods to ensure programs and initiatives are successful. My social science background combined with information technology and analytics expertise enable me to develop a very analytic and strategic approach to problem-solving. My goals are to expand my skills in data science, information technology and leadership.


Business Intelligence Administrator

Utah Department of Transportation

I am responsible for researching program, process, and technological improvements and innovations that will (1) foster improved data quality and reporting; (2) eliminate redundancies; (3) streamline current data collection activities or work processes; and (4) facilitate data driven decision making. I work collaboratively with a strong team of subject matter experts to build data visualizations, interactive web sites, and dashboards necessary for monitoring performance and reporting to leadership and department stake-holders.

July 2018 - Present

Director of Information Technology and Data Analytics

Holy Cross Ministries

My primary responsibilities included maintaining the organization's client database and information technology infrastructure. I worked to develop metrics and supported efforts for effective data collection across a wide variety of programs and initiatives. I was also involved in performing analytical tasks, research and designing visualizations of internal and external data sources to inform performance, strategic planning, and funding accountability. Lastly, as a technical expert I was responsible for the network and information technology administration, web maintenance, and technical training.

June 2013 - July 2018

Outcomes and Program Manager

Holy Cross Ministries

Expand and improve existing programs to meet state and federal standards and maintain funding. Develop and maintain a system to track program output and outcome data effectively using logic models, project planning methodologies and program evaluation theories. Report program performance to key stakeholders including governing board, grantors and partners.

August 2012 - June 2013

Receptionist and Client Support

Holy Cross Ministries

Manage client flow and schedule appointments with organizations’ attorneys. Maintain and organize records of all client physical files.

September 2011 - June 2012

Shift Leader

Rumbi Island Grill

Supervise afternoon and weekend shifts of restaurant, managing a staff of 6 to 8 employees.

November 2007 - September 2011


University of Utah

Master of Science in Information Systems
Business Intelligence & Analytics Specialization

GPA: 3.88

January 2015 - May 2016

University of Utah

Sociology BA, Economics Minor
Research Scholar Designation & Diversity Certificate

GPA: 3.71

September 2009 - May 2011

Salt Lake Community College

Sociology AS

GPA: 3.39

September 2004 - Fall 2008


Programming Languages & Tools
Technical Skills
  • Database Design & Development with SQL & T-SQL
  • Web Development with HTML, CSS, Javascript, J-Query & PHP
  • Data Analytics with R Studio, Excel & PowerBI
  • Data Visualizations with R Studio, PowerBI, SAP Business Objects & Tableau
  • Microsoft & Linux Server Deploy & Maintenance


Apart from enjoying all things technology and data I am an avid learner and reader. I enjoy conversation with people from diverse experiences, backgrounds and culture. I have an insatiable curiosity for things that I don’t understand or that I may not know about. For example, I found this article about the Kola Superdeep Borehole fascinating. I enjoy working with my hands, building and/or de-constructing things such as putting together a small raspberry pi project, taking apart a computer to add RAM or to swap hard drives, building a tool shed and fixing an old mower.

To counter a sedentary lifestyle I enjoy going on hikes, but most of all, mountain biking. When all these fail you may, but rarely, find me watching a fantasy or sci-fi genre movie. Every now and then strumming the strings of an old guitar.

Awards & Certifications

  • Sociology Coray Award 2011 - Given to undergraduate student for academic achievement and service to the department
  • Charles H. Monson Essay Price 2011 - awarded to an undergraduate who writes an outstanding essay on a subject having to do with social change.
  • 3rd Place - CSBS Research Day Competition 2011

Presentations, Writing and Volunteering

Presentations & Interviews

Preschool Impact Research
“Study's results to improve Holy Cross Ministries pre-school program”

Read Here
April 2018

8th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium - Salt Lake City, Utah
“High Education and Low Hopes: An Exploration of the College Experiences and Post-college Expectations of Undocumented Students in Utah”

April 2011

2011 Western Social Science Association Annual Conference - Salt Lake City, Utah
“High Education and Low Hopes: An Exploration of the College Experiences and Post-college Expectations of Undocumented Students in Utah”

May 2011


“Understanding the Plight of Undocumented Students and the Sociological Imagination: A Federal Solution to a Public Problem"

Read Here
May 2011


Salt Lake County Library - West Valley City, Utah
Volunteered as a computer literacy instructor to Spanish speaking patrons.

May 2017 - September 2017

Holy Cross Ministries
Volunteered to help clients and handle phone calls.

May 2011 - September 2011

American Red Cross
Blood Donation Center - Donor Receptionist.

June 2009 - August 2009