I think data is a powerful way to communicate positions. My interests are primarily in ways data can be used to evaluate and learn about public policy and other social science applications.
Aside from programming, I enjoy distance running (I've been running half marathons since 10th grade!), hiking, biking, and reading. I'm slowly working my way up to a full marathon. My favorite kinds of books are memoirs and social science books, but my favorite book of all time is The Kite Runner!