Public Lab Nonprofit Team
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The team members below run the Public Lab nonprofit 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.
Also see our Fellows program.
Emily Ashley is a software developer whose interests include open source communities, open data initiatives, cartography, and radio waves. Community taught, she’s active with New Orleans Hack Night and was the co-founder for the New Orleans chapter of Maptime, a beginner-friendly meetup for maps and mapping software. She’s passionate about socio-technical system design and likes to nerd out about spatio-temporal cartography. Before software, she managed volunteer projects in various AmeriCorps positions and earned a B.S. in Urban Studies and Planning from the University of New Orleans. You can find her around town with her big handsome dog, Alabaster. He likes levees, sticks, and snacks.
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.
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.
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 adopted home in New Orleans.
As Senior Program Director, Stevie is responsible for overseeing program work of the non profit team. She came to Public Lab in 2014 with a background in environmental science, community engagement, and resource management. Stevie has over 10 years of experience working with community groups, nonprofits, and state and federal government. Her past work experience includes positions with Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the National Park Service in response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, and the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring.
Stevie holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Dickinson College and a MSc in Environment and Development from the University of Edinburgh. She is a 2012 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and a 2014 Loyola University Institute for Environmental Communications Fellow. In her spare time, Stevie enjoys doing pottery, spending time with her dog, and all things outdoors.
Alahna was born and raised in coastal Louisiana and the majority of her work focuses on documenting landscape change along the Gulf Coast. She works to develop innovative means of data collection and digital curation to communicate environmental change through spatial, material, and historical frameworks. She has many experiences in this capacity: as a self-employed UAS pilot, as the chairperson of the Communications Committee for the Louisiana Master Naturalists, as an archaeologist in New Orleans, as a GIS researcher with NASA DEVELOP, and as a photogrammetrist for the National Park Service. Alahna earned a M.S. in cultural resource management and a B.A. in anthropology from the University of New Orleans, and is currently working towards her doctorate in environmental communications and citizen participation.
She’s always eager to chat about archaeology, 3D modeling, maps, drones and satellites geomorphology, public history, urban legends, swamps, mushrooms and mycology, environmental education, the National Historic Preservation Act, cultural preservation, and dogs (especially Labradoodles).
As the Education Manager at Public Lab, Mimi works to develop and expand our educational programming, and to build a network of educators interested in making their classrooms a part of the Public Lab community. Mimi joins the team with experience in laboratory science as well as K12 STEM education. Her work at Public Lab allows her to live out her dream of making science accessible for everyone. Mimi has a BA in Neuroscience from the University of Southern California and earned her Masters in Cell & Molecular Biology at Tulane University. Outside of work, Mimi enjoys all things science fiction, Louisiana’s native plants, and spending time with her dogs.
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.
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 unterbahn.com.
With a background in finance, volunteer management, and operations, Jess is deeply connected to finding meaningful ways to engage team members while maintaining efficiency and productivity. Jess is a lover of systems, MacGyver of tools, believer in the power of a solid spreadsheet, and manager of over six years.
Before joining the team at Public Lab, Jess held management roles in tech nonprofit and human rights nonprofit organizations. Jess loves to travel and spend time outdoors and will soon be on the road in a custom built home-on-the-road visiting every national park and every state.
Location: Atlanta, GA
A small accounting team led by Adam Rimes from AprioCloud handles Public Lab’s accounting and financial reporting.