Board of Directors
Caitlin Hagar-Kuhn, President
I am honored to serve as President of Women in GIS. This organization has provided countless opportunities for growth in my career, network, and within myself. 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 and Adjunct Professor at Viterbo University. My passion 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 in Communities of Practice. 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.
Alia Roca-Lezra, Vice President
Alia became a WiGIS member as a senior in college and joined its mentorship program as a mentee and the Monterey Bay chapter soon after. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2021 with degrees in Economics and Environmental Studies and a concentration in GIS. She now works at a nonprofit organization in Siskiyou County alongside community leaders and city staff to elevate local economies. She uses Esri’s online tools to inform and craft strategic initiatives with jurisdictions and small businesses and aims to incorporate GIS to a larger degree within her current position. Alia is excited to learn from and serve the WiGIS community as this year’s Vice President.
Gabriela Guzman, Past 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.
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.
Ashley Jean Donaldson, Treasurer
With nearly a decade of professional GIS experience, Ashley is currently the GIS Administrator for Carnegie Mellon University based in Pittsburgh, PA, in the up-and-coming Enterprise Space Management Department. She worked at the University of Pittsburgh for 6 years in the Facilities Management Department before moving to CMU. She is also attending Penn State University for her MS in GIS.
Ashley has experience in the Oil and Gas industry from working at companies such as Range Resources and EQT. Her vast knowledge is in Facilities Management, Campus Services, and Space Planning. However, due to other projects she has worked on, she has knowledge in various other sectors.
She holds a BA in GIS and Emergency Management and a BS in Wildlife Biology from California University of Pennsylvania. She was also published in National Journal of Medicine for a TOXMAP project.
When Ashley is not working on GIS you can likely find her running long distance, hiking, or spending time with her boyfriend and dogs.
Awards & Scholarship: Azza Kamal
Dr. Kamal has 15 years of experience as a GIS and Geodesign educator and researcher. Currently, she is an Instructional Assistant Professor in the University of Florida’s College of Design, Construction and Planning, where she leads the Geodesign curriculum and its applications in Sustainability. She has worked with municipalities, nonprofits, and academic units to utilize the power of geospatial tools for sustainable and impactful outcomes. She helped the City of San Antonio to build a geospatial tool to ensure equitable allocations of funds and streamlined a site suitability tool to market developable sites in Texas Southern Counties. She enjoys helping her students to integrate GIS in their projects to examine and predict growth and operationalization of the communities and regions they study. For the Awards and Scholarship Committee, she aspires to establishing a self-funded program that recognizes accomplished and young women and their work in the GIS fields.
Internal Affairs: Danielle Bram
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.
Map Development: Naz Ali
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 an 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.
Mentorship: Irene Kaufman
Irene Kaufman is excited to serve as the chair of the mentorship committee. She first became involved in Women in GIS while she was still in school pursuing her graduate certificate in GIS from University of Southern California. She went through the mentorship program to help prepare for her first GIS job and is excited to help more women through this great program. Irene holds her M.S. in Agriculture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and currently works as an Environmental Planner and GIS support for Aspen Environmental Group. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and cooking.
Outreach: Eva Reid
Eva Reid, MPA, GISP, is thrilled to serve as the Outreach Committee Chair after several years of participating as a volunteer for the committee and serving as the WiGIS Chapter Coordinator. Eva is co-founder and lead facilitator of DC Metro Women in GIS, an affiliate chapter of Women in GIS. DC Metro Women in GIS has served District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland women in GIS since 2012.
Eva is the IT Data Manager for the District of Columbia’s health department and has almost 30 years of experience in GIS, information technology, training, and project management. Eva is noted for the caliber and creativity of her work as a keynote speaker in technical and professional development venues. She has extensive experience as a presenter and workshop facilitator in professional, corporate, and government settings.
Eva is also the owner and CEO of Eva Reid Consulting, LLC, which provides professional development workshops and career coaching for women in tech and other fields where women are underrepresented. Under her consulting umbrella, Eva is the author of a number of articles for technology and GIS magazines and will be launching a non-profit, The Women’s Tech Collective in 2023.