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2017-2018 URISA Vanguard Cabinet Announced

Published Thursday, January 5, 2017 1:00 pm

URISA is pleased to announce the newest members of its Vanguard Cabinet. The Vanguard Cabinet (VC) is a URISA initiative (which debuted in 2011) to engage young GIS practitioners, increase their numbers in the organization, and better understand the concerns facing these future leaders of the GIS community.  The VC is an advisory board who represent the young membership of the organization. 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 ambitious young professionals who are committed to improving URISA and the geospatial profession via innovation, collaboration, networking, and professional development. 

2017-2018 URISA Vanguard Cabinet Members:

  Natalie Dobbs, Vice President - Knowledge Services Division, Spatial Innovision Ltd., Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago:
I'm enthusiastic to be part of the URISA Vanguard Cabinet for the 2017 to 2018 period. I am looking forward to working with other geospatial professionals to further be engaged and promote the geospatial field through the sharing of knowledge for increase awareness. This is an opportunity I am thankful to be a part of and to make a valuable contribution.

Tory Elmore, GIS Manager, The Wildlands Conservancy, Oak Glen, California:
I'm excited to join the URISA VC as an agent of change. In my time with the VC I hope to promote the study of geography and GIS in primary and secondary school classrooms, as well as to integrate younger students into the URISA community.

  Alice Pence, GIS and Database Specialist, City of Auburn, Washington:
I'm very excited and honored to be a part of this cabinet. I look forward to connecting and collaborating with other young geospatial professionals during my time as a cabinet member. This is a unique opportunity for me to expand my network and share my passion for GIS with the URISA Community.

Rui Pires, GISP, GIS Planner, Spartanburg County, Spartanburg, South Carolina: 
I'm honored for the opportunity to serve on this prestigious board. I'm looking forward to supporting young geospatial professionals and helping the GIS community with my knowledge and experience.

Alyssa Randall, GIS Analyst/Environmental Planner, Planning Communities, LLC, Raleigh, North Carolina:
I am honored to serve on the Vanguard Cabinet and excited to collaborate with other young GIS professionals around the world. I look forward to receiving insight from experienced professionals in the field, while simultaneously providing fresh input and mentoring others. I am passionate about growing and incorporating geospatial education in K-12 curricula, as well as supporting women in GIS initiatives.
  Mike Smith, GIS Technician, Municipality of Chatham-Kent, Ontario Canada:
As an incoming member of the 2017-18 VC, I’m really looking forward to collaborating with like-minded, young GIS professionals. I’m going to bring enthusiasm, fresh ideas, and the perspective of someone who is relatively new to the GIS profession, but excited to soak up all I can. I feel fortunate to have been chosen for this great opportunity to interact with so many people who are passionate about growing the geospatial community.
  Mo Wang, Research Assistant, Department of Geography, Planning and Environmental Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec Canada:
My goal is to help out the young and inexperienced GISers, like me, have a better start on their careers.

Each member serves a two-year term. Learn more about VC activities here: http://www.urisa.org/about-us/vanguard-cabinet/

Cabinet members are selected through an application process, with a review by the Vanguard Steering Committee. The application process for 2018 Vanguard Cabinet members will open in September 2017.

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