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Young Professional of the Year Award

URISA's Vanguard Cabinet Steering Committee selects the Young Professional of the Year to recognize outstanding contributions as part of URISA's Vanguard Cabinet

The Vanguard Cabinet (VC) is a URISA initiative which debuted in 2011 to engage young GIS practitioners (35 and under), increase their numbers in the organization, and better understand the concerns facing these future leaders of the GIS community.  The Cabinet’s mission is to collaborate with URISA’s Board of Directors and Committees in creating and promoting programs and policies of benefit to young professionals. Comprised entirely of passionate young members selected from different geospatial disciplines, the Cabinet aims to position URISA as the center of opportunities for creative young professionals who are committed to improving URISA and the geospatial profession via innovation, collaboration, networking, and professional development. 

Past Recipients

2020: Alex Lopez-Rogina & Christina Brunsvold

2019: Rachel (Rodriguez) Marquez 

2018: Tory Elmore

2017: Kara Utter

2016: Daniel Behnke

2015: Kari (Chael) Leer

2014: Wendy Peloquin

2013: Ryan Bowe

2012: Diana Rodriguez

2011: Ashley Hitt


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