What does a GIS Analyst do? GIS stands for Geographic Information System, so my day-to-day work mainly focuses on dealing with geographic data. I maintain the City’s critical data (zoning, parks, code enforcement, etc.), collect needed data for analysis from other sources and maintain the public open data site. I provide visualized geospatial analysis to Council and staff. This includes, but is not limited to, maps, web maps, spatial analysis and land use plans. I also develop geospatial web apps that can be utilized by the public. These include CityMap, Tucker Outdoors and Timeless Tucker.
What kind of education did you need to get to your current position? I graduated from UGA in 2016 with two Master’s Degrees and a GIS Certificate.
What is something people don’t realize about your job? The easiest way to understand GIS is to consider it as “maps”, yet GIS is more about data. One big project I was working earlier this year is the 2020 Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) operation. As the lead liaison, I inspected approximately 16,000 listed dwelling units provided by the U.S. Census Bureau and ended up augmenting their address list with about 400 of our own. The City’s LUCA submission will ensure an accurate census count, which provides several benefits. Primarily, it plays a major role in how the federal government allocates more than $675 billion across 26 federal agencies for tribal, state and local government programs and services. More addresses, logically, means more funding from programs that base their disbursements on population count. Projects like this could ensure our citizens get what they deserve and that makes me truly happy.
You don’t just work in Tucker, you live here, too. What do you like about living in Tucker? Tucker is a nice and quiet community with easy access to the rest of the Metro Atlanta area. To me, it’s really valuable.
OFF THE WALL
Favorite food? Chinese food, but I have started to like BBQ more and more.
Have any hobbies? Hiking is one of my favorite outdoor sports. I’m hiking on Stone Mountain every Sunday.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Listen to music, doing lite exercise, watch TV programs of international affairs and, of course, some video games.
If you could meet anyone living or deceased, who would it be? Steve Jobs. I always admire the geniuses that changed the world and hope I could talk with one of them.
What’s your life philosophy? All of the things will be past, live fully.