Excerpt: "...The mayor of the city of Ulanbaatar, Mongolia wants to have these 100s of maps to reference when he begins budget planning in a couple weeks: budget plans that will continue for the next 5 years. aka, Budget plans that can make or break the rural, poor, shanty gers in question. It isn’t just that you need to make them look pretty...."
I spent 6 wonderful years studying at the University of Wisconsin-Madison - triple majoring in Geography w/ Emphasis on People/Environment Interactions, Cartography & GIS, and Spanish Linguistics for my undergrad, followed by a MS in Cartrography & GIS at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During those 6 years, I produced a wide array of projects, including but not limited to print and interactive maps, posters, responsive web sites, and coding programs for very many class labs and projects.
My interest in Geography and Cartography already was well established as a senior at UW-Madison, so much so that I decided to go to graduate school (as mentioned above)! Before undergraduate graduation, I was given the opportunity to work for the UW-Madison Cartography Lab... which became my new Cartographic home for the next few years. There, I served the geographic analysis and design needs of the UW system, government agencies, authors and publishers, as well as many commercial clients. I also provided complete graphic design services for print brochures and books, online maps and websites, and interactive maps.
Under UW-Madison Cartography Lab employment, created any necessary graphic designs for the History of Cartography Project’s 6th book volume, ranging from maps to diagrams and infographics. www.geography.wisc.edu/histcart/series.html#v6
For a fast paced 10 days I was the cartographic design expert, leader, and teacher, while also giving cartographic technical support for The Asia Foundation during formal and informal working meetings with government, private sector, and non-governmental leaders, and technical staff. I helped o make maps of the government’s data to visually communicate the needs of the impoverished ger communities, while also restructuring the production process. Check out the blog I have linked on this site for more information!
In August, I took a step up and became the Project Assistant for the UW-Cartography lab, where I managed and led multiple projects requiring geographic analysis and design needs of the UW system, government agencies, authors and publishers as well as many commercial clients, in addition to any other regular Cartography Lab needs, as mentioned below. Additionally, also trained other cartographers as needed.
In April I packed my bags and left Wisconsin and moved to DC, where I currently provide geospatial services to USAID/OFDA's humanitarian work in
the form of maps and graphics, geospatial analysis, and technical team projects.
I also collaborate closely with OFDA, peers in U.S Government agencies, the humanitarian community, the academic sphere, and the private sector.
Additionally: recreating many of OFDA's map specs to not only enhance the products aesthetically, but aid in faster decision making through better visual understanding of underlying data through the design changes.