Board of Directors
Gabriela Guzman, President
My name is Gabriela Guzmán, I am a 33-year-old agronomist engineer from Guatemala, working for the real estate industry in Guatemala, my home country. I hold a postgraduate diploma in Geomatics from the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala. Additionally, I hold a master’s degree in Water Engineering with Management from the University of Exeter, which I studied throughout a Chevening Scholarship from the UK government.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked over 7 years now in several fields of GIS, as an analyst or a consultant for private, public, and international agencies. I’ve also lectured in GIS related workshops and classes and have helped organizing GIS events in Guatemala. Besides GIS, I love camping, teasing my friends and mountain biking.
I feel honored to be part of this amazing organization. My dream is to increase opportunities for women working in GIS fields and I am grateful for WiGIS as it serves as a platform to leverage the work many of us do.
Ahna Miller, Past President
Ahna Miller is excited to serve this year as Women in GIS president after volunteering with Women in GIS the past few years with Professional Development and Outreach Committees. She first became involved with Women in GIS when after attending a GIS developers conference and was shocked by the limited number of women present at the conference. By day, she works as the GIS Platform Manager for Driscolls, Inc working to enable decision makers behind the world's leading company in fresh berries to make well informed, strategic decisions through deep analytics and geospatial data visualization.
Caitlin Hagar, Vice President
I am honored to serve as Vice President of Women in GIS. This organization has provided countless opportunities for growth in my career, network, and knowledge base. I graduated from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 2010 with a Bachelors in Geography. I earned by Master of Science in GIS at St Mary’s University of Minnesota. The majority of my GIS experience has been in the government sector. I’ve worked in transportation planning at the Iowa DOT, asset management at Fort McCoy, land conservation at Mississippi Valley Conservancy and now municipal GIS for the City of Onalaska. I am also a Board Member for our State GIS organization, Wisconsin Land Information Association. My heart lies in developing solutions that inspire collaboration and induce efficiency. One of the best parts of Women in GIS is getting to know what others are doing. The years of knowledge and experience are priceless. The WiGIS network has helped me navigate the workplace waters with a little more ease. I love this community and I hope I can give back all that it has given me.
Suzi Cameron, Treasurer
I am originally from Lesotho in Africa, I’ve lived and worked in South Africa, Sweden, Ireland and Germany. Soon I hope to move to Portugal. I have performed Gis in various forms in all areas. Used for road planning to essential services in Africa, to municipal Corporate GIS in Sweden for a twinning program, to wind energy planning in Ireland and then to study my Masters in Germany on renewable energy location planning. I moved on to solar farm planning in the desert in Africa and wind turbine placement along the shores of the eastern cape. I now work in the USA where I am being exposed to GIS in the utility industry. Firstly worked in GAS for 5 years and now in electrical networking and on to assisting with implementing Utility Network for a 4 year project. My personal interest is in archeology where I am currently writing a book documenting primordial man movement and settlement using GIS to cover areas from the Scottish islands to Portugal. GIS has been an amazing resource and I’ve used and grown with it over my last 28 year career.
Tia Morita, Secretary
Tia is a GIS Specialist with the County of Los Angeles. Her 15+ year career in GIS came by way her background in international development policy and public administration. Using her Masters in both Public Administration and GIS, she believes strongly in the power of GIS to inform important decisions affecting people, organizations, and our everyday lives. Tia has also served for several years on the Board of the California Geographic Information Association (more recently as the Past Chair), and brings her enthusiasm to promote the WiGIS mission and her stellar organizational skills as Secretary.
Danielle Bram, Internal Affairs
Danielle Bram is a co-founder, former President, and current Board Member of Women in GIS. She has a passion for GIS and supporting women in the field of geospatial technology. Danielle is a GIS Professional with over 20 years of experience in the public agency, higher education and nonprofit sectors. Her applied research interests and experience cover a variety of topics such as municipal, conservation and water resource GIS. Danielle is currently Director of the Center for Geospatial Science and Technology at CSU, Northridge in California. She is on the Board of the California Geographic Information Association representing education interests, and is a member of the California GIS Council Hydrography and Education Workgroups.
Susana Crespo, Outreach
Growing up in both the United States and Ecuador and calling home to two very different countries led me to seek technologies which translate and integrate. Turns out, Geography would turn out to be the unifying language I was looking for. GIS became my superpower to explore and better understand relationships between place and the things that matter to me, like Food Security, Agriculture, and Sustainable Development. After working in research, at startups, and at Esri, now I'm exploring the intersection of Geography and AI to find new ways of translating Earth's complexity into predictions to manage assets, operations, and inform strategy.
Carley Fitzgerald, Professional Development
Carley Fitzgerald is a GIS professional from Florida. Her experience includes GIS consulting, county and city government, emergency management, water management district contract work, environmental consulting, and even teaching K-8 science. Carley serves on the Board of Directors for Women in GIS as the Professional Development Committee Lead. She volunteers her time in her community as the Vice-President of the neighborhood property owners association. Off the clock she enjoys designing planners, macramé, learning to speak Italian, & time with family.
Golnaz Badr, Mentorship
Dr. Golnaz Badr has over 10 years of experience in geospatial sciences and is a certified Geospatial Professional (GISP). Currently, she is a senior data scientist at Ford Motor Company specifically focusing on Autonomous Vehicles (AV) and demand analysis in future markets. In her role as a product anchor on the Geospatial Analytics team, she supports AV business office on various decision-making processes. Dr. Badr's interests include spatial suitability analysis, site selection, Big Data and Machine Learning applications in answering real world problems.
Sandra Chakra, Interview/Spotlight
Naz Ali, Map Development
Naz Ali is a certified GIS professional (GISP) with over 15 years of experience, specializing in market analysis across several real estate business service lines - retail, industrial and logistics, and office leasing. She is the GIS Manager for CBRE Canada who works with retailers, restaurant operators, developers, and landlords to develop data driven methods to help make better business decisions. She also serves on the Program Advisory Board at British Columbia Institute of Technology representing education interests in business geographics. Naz has a passion for geospatial data visualization and loves to use that as a communication tool which she finds engages her users better. She is really excited to serve as the Map Committee Lead at Women in GIS.