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The below team members run the Public Lab non-profit organization, which supports the open research community with digital infrastructure, building organizational partnerships, community development, planning and executing organization-wide events such as barnraisings and conferences, fundraising, and facilitating open source publication of the community's work, along with a variety of other tasks. The team includes:
Location: Atlanta, GA
Administrivia, led by Adam Rimes, handles all of Public Lab's accounting and financial reporting.
Director of Community Development at Public Lab and co-founder of TreeKIT, Liz develops geographic tools and civic science methods for collaborative cities. Her background is in urban landscape design, and she teaches at Columbia University and Parsons the New School for Design. Previously, she worked at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill planning international new cities and campuses, at Durham Inner-city Gardeners (DIG) coordinating youth urban horticulture enterprise, and has travelled around the country catalyzing interaction among strangers with a “Talk To Me” sign – a project that received international press including the New York Times, AP, CNN, Oprah and NPR’s This American Life. She likes to play outside.
Bronwen is a librarian and fabrication specialist, with a special interest in evolving forms of research and open access scholarship. She has experience in digital and analog design and construction, having most recently worked as a manager at SVA’s Visible Futures Lab, where she taught classes in mechanical toy design. Her interest in communal learning and hands-on making as social practice inform her research, design and building strategies. She first encountered Public Lab at a kite-building workshop in 2012, and became an organizer in 2013.
Bronwen has a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Oberlin College, an MFA in writing from NYU and an MLIS in Information Studies from Drexel University. She likes to explore the urban waste streams of New York City and surrounding regions, and can often be found tracking landfill erosion along Dead Horse Bay.
Shannon is Executive Director of the Public Lab nonprofit. With over fifteen years of experience in community organizing and education, Shannon has worked with environment and public health groups across the United States addressing our declining freshwater resources, coastal land loss and building participatory monitoring programs with communities neighboring industrial facilities and impacted by the BP oil spill.
She is Chair of the [U.S. EPA] National Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Citizen Science Association, a co-organizer for the Gathering for Open Science Hardware (GOSH), a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Environment and serves on advisory boards, councils or working groups for the National Parks Conservation Association, the Louisiana Public Health Institute, the Louisiana Bar Association and the Citizen Science Association. Shannon is an Ashoka Fellow, a 2015-16 Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society Fellow and a 2016-18 Research Affiliate, a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program and a 2012 Loyola University Institute for Environmental Communications Fellow. She has an MS in Anthropology and Nonprofit Management.
Location: New Orleans, LA
As the Administrative Coordinator, Delaney assists in organizing our seven-office team and supports Public Lab events and operations. Delaney attended Goucher College, where she majored in Peace Studies and gained her passion for environmentalism and non-violence organizing. She moved to New Orleans in 2014 to begin working in community-based health, and fell in love with the land and people of the Gulf South. Joining the team at Public Lab unites her passion for social and environmental justice, public policy and the city of New Orleans. Outside of the office, Delaney is usually baking, practicing yoga, and/or spending time with her pitbull, Wiwa.
Read is leading a series of efforts around environmental lead exposure and lead poisoning prevention. As a Fellow with Public Lab, he'll be working with both public health experts and community scientists to help grow our understanding of lead exposure risk within neighborhoods and cultivate multi-sector efforts to address the urgent problem. Read is a social entrepreneur based in Oakland, California. Previously he spent time in the Obama Administration working on issues of tech, science, and public health.
Joe Hui joins Public Lab with over a decade of experience in social media and communications. In his previous work with the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the world’s largest LGBTQ nonprofit, he managed exponential growth across the organization’s social media channels, and contributed to award-winning print publications and public education programs. In his spare time, you can find Joe volunteering for social justice organizations, singing jazz, attending concerts, traveling the world, or exploring his new home in New Orleans.
Maria del Carmen Lamadrid
Location: Los Angeles, CA
María del Carmen Lamadrid is a media designer and tinkerer from Puerto Rico currently based in Los Angeles.
María holds a BFA in Image and Design from Escuela de Artes Plasticas de Puerto Rico and completed her MFA in Media Design from Media Design Practices/Field program at Art Center College of Design. Her main project Tools for Stalling Eviction focused on vibrant data for alternate modes of land tenure evidence, activism for women empowerment against paternalistic values, and public participation in Uganda.
Currently, she wears many hats. María splits her time as Adjunct Faculty of the School of Media, Culture & Design at Woodbury University, her role as Senior User Experience Designer for Civic Resource Group, and lead of Super Community, initiative to create and support collaborative design methods for civic and community engagement.
In her spare time, María enjoys biking with friends and yarn-bombing unsuspecting train riders and office mates.
Stevie Lewis comes to Public Lab with a background in environmental studies and community development. She has held positions as Volunteer Coordinator for the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Mississippi, Resource Advisor for the National Park Service in response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, and as Watershed Coordinator for the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring, a non-profit focused on promoting citizen science in aquatics. Stevie’s interest in building community resilience through environmental initiatives includes community and environmental work in far reaching corners of Kenya, Thailand, Botswana and Scotland.
Stevie holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Dickinson College. As a 2012 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, Stevie completed a MSc in Environment and Development from the University of Edinburgh. Stevie is a 2014 Loyola University Institute for Environmental Communications Fellow. In her spare time, Stevie enjoys outdoor activities including canoeing, fishing and above all, hiking.
Our sysadmin, Sebastian, learned to program at age five using a turtle (LOGO). Since his teenage years, a self-learning path in informatics was enlightened by being involved in Free Software communities. This gave him a chance to earn a living early on as a Software Developer and Systems Administrator. Featuring insatiable curiosity, and a holistic approach, he received his formation in Psychology at the Catholic University in Chile.
Sebastian first heard about Public Lab in 2010 when they helped a group of indigenous people from the Shipibo tribe to map their settlement in downtown Lima city. Impressed at the time, he was himself leading volunteering efforts around improving free educational software on OLPC laptops in rural Peru. He is co-founder of the SomosAzucar R&D team, whose mission is to bring libre technology to public classrooms in Latin America.
Sebastian enjoys gardening servers and keeping them running smoothly and orderly. Having worked before in the industry as SysAdmin, since 2012 he has been a core member of the Sugar Labs Infrastructure Team, and has assumed responsibility of Public Lab servers in 2015. Being a Karate instructor, loving husband and father of two homeschooled children, Sebastian also enjoys nature and tranquility.
Location: Providence, RI
Amanda supports Public Lab by coordinating all operations for the online Public Lab Store. She has a background in business and experience in corporate product marketing and inventory management in a retail environment. Amanda attended Bryant University and studied marketing, psychology and communication. In 2015, she was able to pursue a long standing dream and open her own online boutique, selling popular women's clothing. Joining the team at Public Lab is her first non-profit experience and everyday she is learning something new! When she isn’t working or deal hunting for her boutique, you can find Amanda catching a yoga class, walking her dogs, or trying out the newest juice bar in Providence.
The creator of GrassrootsMapping.org and co-founder and Research Director for Public Lab, Jeffrey Warren designs mapping and civic science tools and professionally flies balloons and kites. Notable software he has created include the vector-mapping framework Cartagen and orthorectification tool MapKnitter, as well as open spectral database and toolkit Spectral Workbench.
He served from 2015-17 as Vice President of the board of the Open Source Hardware Association, is on the board of alternative education program Parts and Crafts in Somerville MA, and an advocate of open source software, hardware, and data. He co-founded Vestal Design, a graphic/interaction design firm in 2004, and directed the Cut&Paste Labs project, a year-long series of workshops on open source tools and web design in 2006-7 with Lima designer Diego Rotalde.
Jeff holds an MS from MIT and a BA in Architecture from Yale University, and spent much of that time working with artist/technologist Natalie Jeremijenko, building robotic dogs and stuff. To find out more, visit http://unterbahn.com.
Alahna Moore is the oil and gas accountability fellow for the fall of 2018. In collaboration with Gulf Restoration Network, she is working to promote civilian monitoring of cultural and natural resources that are threatened by oil and gas infrastructure along the Gulf Coast.
Alahna is a lifelong resident of coastal Louisiana, with a B.A. in anthropology and a M.S. in cultural resource management from the University of New Orleans. When not at public lab, Alahna is an archaeologist who uses tools like remote sensing and aerial photogrammetry with balloons and drones to measure erosion, map cemeteries, or look for lost sites. She has worked for NASA and the National Park Service in order to promote innovative and interactive techniques of collecting spatial data. Alahna is forever working to enhance communication of historical and ecological knowledge, and organizing around environmental literacy in the Gulf South.