A little background of me.
I am professional cartographer and data visualization specialist working for a large company. I also create my own maps and mapping projects, which include print/static, handmade, and web. The path that has brought me where I am today as a mapper began as when I was earning my degree in anthropology, which led to my National Park Service ranger at the North Cascades National Park in Washington state, the place I call home. Every park scientist was using GIS to study the Park, leading to my immediate subsequent enrollment in the UW-Madison’s GIS certificate program, where I was naturally drawn to the heavy cartography focus of UW’s geography department. Soon I was working as a cartographer for the National Park Service, followed by employment for a Washington-based cartography firm. A desire to combine cartography with my human rights education that I gained as a cultural anthropology student prompted me to pursue my M.S. in Geography degree where I studied the socio-spatial impact and application of neoliberal education reform. During this time, I worked as a data visualization specialist at the Resilience Institute in Bellingham, Washington.