Senior Spatial Analyst and Cartographer
Currently, in an advisory role, Jessie Braden is the co-founding principal investigator of LIAVH, and co-founder and previous director of Pratt’s Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative (SAVI). She is a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and open data expert with a focus on critical data assessment, data management, and cartographic design for storytelling. Jessie developed and coordinated the GIS and Design certificate programs at Pratt and was a visiting associate professor in the Sustainable Environmental Systems graduate program. Prior to teaching at Pratt, she was an adjunct assistant professor in Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation for six years and she still serves as a senior fellow for data and analytics at the Pratt Center for Community Development, where she worked for three years before starting SAVI. Jessie has also served in the public and private sectors. She was the GIS Manager for the Forestry & Horticulture Division of the New York City Parks Department where she used GIS to track and analyze tree canopy, tree health, and vegetation change. She began her career in the private sector as a GIS/remote sensing analyst for a Chicago conservation planning firm focusing on open space preservation and watershed management. Jessie has a B.A. and M.A. in Geography and Planning from the University of Toledo.