Economist Ethan Sheffield Is Motivated by More Than Numbers

Ethan_Sheffield_DBFWith degrees in finance and statistics, and a few years of state service at DES, Ethan Sheffield wanted a job in government that would stretch his statistical skills, throw new data challenges at him, and demand that he continue to hone his strengths. An AHCCCS job posting piqued his interest, and it turned out to be a perfect fit.

“This job is rewarding, challenging, sometimes frustrating, but always collaborative while still allowing me to work autonomously,” said Ethan, who spends his days as an Economist in the Division of Business and Finance (DBF) creating complex databases, analyzing monthly enrollment reports and automating core budget functions.

“Government does a lot of good work. I know I can contribute to the greater good by doing my job well.”

It’s the challenge of building a more accurate forecasting model, a faster statistical process, or producing more usable results, coupled with the high level of executive leadership engagement in his work, that compels him to excel each day. “I know the Director will see my report or analysis; he’s even been known to call me for an explanation!”

Described by colleagues as a high performer with a calm manner and commitment to public service, Ethan says, “Government does a lot of good work. I know I can contribute to the greater good by doing my job well.”

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