Ana Rivera

Day Job: GIS Assistant at Stanford Geospatial Center. 

GIS Focus: GIS and Remote Sensing to research urban climate.

Ana Lucrecia is a coding-literate architect, and has 7 years of experience working on a variety of geospatial systems, GIS tools and remotely sensed data. Her area of interest is machine learning applied to geosciences in order to research topics on urban planning, urban climate (specifically, urban heat islands), environmental and social justice to develop effective public policies. She moved to the Silicon Valley, from Mexico, in 2013. Since then, she has volunteered her GIS skills for several non-profit organizations, including Sustainable San Mateo County, TransForm, and the Sierra Club. She holds a M.Sc. in Environmental Systems, and is currently pursuing a M.A. in Geography at San Jose State University.

GIS is Important to me because:   “A picture is worth a thousand words, but a map is worth a thousand stories” (Me)

You Should Also Know:  I almost failed my first GIS class(ArcView 3.x) in college.

My Projects

  • Extreme heat and climate change (policy brief). New Leaders Council.
  • Local Climate Zone Data for WRF – Urban Canopy Model (SJSU).
  • GIS Instructional Assistant at San Jose State University.
  • State Plan for Urban Development & Land- Use, Coahuila State, Mexico  
  • Assessment of hydrometeorological impacts with terrestrial and aerial Lidar data in Monterrey, México.
  • Urban Heat Islands in Monterrey, Mexico Using Remote Sensing Imagery and   Geographic Information Systems.
  • Urban Regeneration Plan of a Former Train Station. 

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: