Seema IyerSeema Iyer – Associate Director, Jacob France Institute

Seema D. Iyer PhD is associate director and research assistant professor for the Jacob France Institute in the University of Baltimore’s Merrick School of Business and has overseen the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance since 2011. Dr. Iyer holds a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, specializing in comprehensive and strategic planning for community development. She serves on several community-oriented boards including Baltimore City Head Start and the Baltimore Community Foundation Neighborhoods Committee and in 2010, she was recognized as one of Maryland’s Leading Women by the Daily Record. She is co-chair and teaches in the University of Baltimore’s Real Estate & Economic Development program. Prior to joining UB, Iyer served as Chief of Research & Strategic Planning for Baltimore City’s Planning Department and was responsible for data and policy analysis, geographic information systems services and population forecasting. She spearheaded the city’s 2010 Census Complete Count Campaign as well as other planning processes such as the 2009 Food Policy Task Force and the 2008 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. She earned her MA in regional science and BA in mathematics and Russian studies, both from the University of Pennsylvania.

Contact Seema Iyer at (410) 837-5797 or E-mail: [email protected]

Amanda Davis – Research Associate

Amanda Davis is the Research Associate for the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob France Institute. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the Department of Geography and Environmental Systems, where her research was related to spatial justice, transportation, and employment accessibility in metropolitan Baltimore. At BNIA-JFI, her work focuses on multiple issues including housing, economic development, and transportation. She has previously worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Geography and Environmental Systems at UMBC, and as a Social Scientist/Science Assistant at the National Science Foundation. She also spent time studying and volunteering abroad in Costa Rica and Equatorial Guinea. Amanda holds an M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy with a concentration in Environmental Planning from Johns Hopkins University, and an M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from Arcadia University. She received her B.S. in Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma.

Contact Amanda Davis at (410) 837-6652 or E-mail:  [email protected]

Nancy Jones – Data Manager

Nancy Jones is the Data Manager of Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob Nancy JonesFrance Institute. She has 15 years of experience analyzing geospatial variation of human factors influencing urban systems. Recognizing that the results of these analyses are integral elements needed for community storytelling, Nancy works toward generating data that can be used to inform decision making. Nancy built and manages a comprehensive database, including all of the data held by BNIA, which informs the annual Vital Signs report, as well as other research initiatives. She has previously worked for the Baltimore Metropolitan Council where she provided demographic analysis for the Baltimore region’s cooperative forecasting group. Prior to returning to her hometown of Baltimore, she worked as a Research Associate at Arizona State University (ASU), studying long-term social and ecological trends in urban ecosystems. Nancy received her B.S. in Biology from Old Dominion University and her Master’s in Urban and Environmental Planning from ASU.

Contact Nancy Jones at (410) 837-4015 or E-mail: [email protected]


Cheryl Knott – GIS Analyst

Cheryl KnottAs the GIS Analyst for BNIA-JFI, Cheryl Knott’s primary responsibilities revolve around processing, aggregating, analyzing, and maintaining BNIA-JFI’s numerous spatial datasets. She also works to produce customized thematic map and data products for clients and provides training on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping and community-based indicators. Cheryl received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in Geography and Environmental Systems and a certification in Cartography in 2007. She received her Master’s degree in Applied Sociology from UMBC in 2013, where her work focused on quantitative research methods and social inequality. Her research interests include the relationships between crime and the built environment in Baltimore City as well as developing new indicators for measuring crime risk at the neighborhood level.

Contact Cheryl Knott at (410) 837-4377 or E-mail: [email protected]

Christine Hwang – Research Assistant

Christine Hwang is responsible for expanding BNIA’s inventory of arts and culture indicators. In conjunction with a steering committee, she is creating a cultural mapping tool for government agencies, planning entities, non-profit organizations, and individuals interested in the relationship between the arts and Baltimore’s development. Christine has also consulted on urban planning projects in Baltimore through the Living Design Lab and the Neighborhood Design Center as well as conducted research on sustainable transit in Copenhagen through the Harvard University Ash Center for Democratic Governance and on food accessibility in Detroit through a Cool Cities Fellowship. She has a master in urban planning from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where she studied designing inclusionary space and researched the historical relationship between school planning and racial and cultural integration. She also has a bachelor of arts from University of Michigan, where she studied political science, with an emphasis on mathematical modeling and social demography.

Contact Christine Hwang at (410) 837-6617 or E-mail: [email protected]


William Pierre – Student Assistant (Real Estate)

dsc03672William Pierre is a student assistant at JFI/BNIA and is responsible for updating the Pipeline, a community development website that tracks major projects in the preplanning and approval stages as a service to developers and construction contractors. He also provides support on various research initiatives within BNIA. He is a US Army veteran and a senior at the University of Baltimore where he studies Real Estate and Economic Development. His research focuses on housing policy and urban development.

Contact William Pierre at (410) 837-6617 or E-mail: [email protected]


Alange’ Jacobs –  Student Assistant (Digital Content)

workAlange’ Jacobs serves as the Digital Content Coordinator at BNIA-JFI. His work involves keeping the organization’s online presence and print material engaging. He frequently overlooks web pages, social media, and other outreach platforms with ergonomic delivery in mind. Alange’ is a junior at the University of Baltimore, majoring in Digital Communications with a concentration in Media Design and Production. He is constantly growing his journalistic and multimedia background; his main strengths are in writing, photography, and videography.

Contact Alange’ Jacobs at (410) 837-4727 or E-mail: [email protected]