What do you do for ISU Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach?
I am a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialist for the Community and Economic Development unit of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. I instruct and write tutorials for GIS workshops throughout the year, I create dynamic data driven reports, I conduct research on walkability in Iowa communities, and work on a variety of geospatial data collection and analysis research projects.
What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is that I get to work on a wide variety of projects with people from all different disciplines. I am constantly learning about new GIS applications, technology, data, and analysis techniques.
Name one fun thing about yourself that not many people know.
I ride a fixed gear bike without brakes!
What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time I enjoy traveling, spending time with family and friends, and exploring the outdoors.
What is one thing you would like to accomplish in this position?
Through my position I hope to provide decision makers with resources and tools that allow them to make meaningful and impactful decisions that support healthy communities.
How do you create a #StrongIowa?
I create a #StrongIowa by empowering community decision makers to make smart decisions based on community data.
What have you been up to lately (in your job)?
Recently I have been working on a county health Data for Decision Makers report, a city-level Debt Analysis report for the Iowa Government Finance Initiative (IGFI), and an elected officials data collection project to support the Women In Iowa Politics research. I have also co-authored a paper called "Evaluating Walkability in the Age of Open Data: OpenStreetMap and Community-Level Transportation Analysis."