Cities and how people interact with them are my jam.
Having kept mapping as a backbone to my career – product designer is the most applicable title as of late but as with most things – you do what needs to get done.
It started with an itch for travel and landed in doing spatial habitat modeling on boa constrictors in the Honduran jungle. Running with the momentum I then lived in the Galapagos teaching GIS to scientists & protecting sensitive ecosystems. From there I was bouncing between practical geography and physical geography while keeping the dream alive guiding whitewater in Montana.
I then moved to Washington, DC and worked as a product engineer for Esri’s Story Map team building products to enable organizations tell their own stories with data – it’s still an incredible product line at Esri.
I then fulfilled a dream of being a staff cartographer at National Geographic and published a bunch of maps in the National Geographic Magazine. They ended up winning a bunch of cool awards I didn’t even know existed at the time.
From there I pivoted and went to work in SF at Uber – pushing the boundaries of how much location and spatial data can power our everyday lives.
After contributing to successes that span the entire ride-sharing business and industry as a whole, I pivoting to helping build the mapping systems to enable autonomous ride-hailing. I’m now at Aurora Innovation after some consolidation and currently building & designing the tools, systems, and frameworks that accelerate perception systems for autonomous trucks.