Beki McElvain


Day job: Program Manager @ EERI (Earthquake Engineering Research Institute)

Beki is a planner and designer interested community stabilization, design for resilience, cultural and environmental sustainability, and social policy. She is primarily interested in data and its applications in the policy world -- especially where low-income communities of color and otherwise vulnerable areas are concerned.

Beki has been a Bay Area resident for over a decade, and holds both a Master of City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Mills College. She has worked for the City of Oakland, the City and County of San Francisco, rural water resource non-profits, for policymakers, and as an educator.

Internationally, Beki participated in cross-disciplinary research on cultural sustainability at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Most recently, she participated in a research project in Lagos, Nigeria assessing the UN's mandated "Human Right to Water" in practice, and testing the limitations of using LIDAR technology in densely populated terrain. In addition to a wide range of professional experience, Beki has over 5 years of practical experience using and teaching GIS and sustainable planning both in the public sector and in academic settings.

GIS Focus: Census Data, Remote Sensing, Webmaps, Cartography

Check out Beki's CV and some of her projects and publications here: