Seema IyerSeema Iyer – Associate Director, Jacob France Institute

Seema D. Iyer, Ph.D. 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 the University of Baltimore, 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 M.A. in regional science and B.A. 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) 837-6552 or E-mail:  [email protected]

Nancy Jones – Data Manager

Nancy Jones is the Data Manager of BNIA-JFI. Nancy JonesShe 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  manages a comprehensive database, including all of the data held by BNIA-JFI, 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 Project Manager

Cheryl KnottCheryl Knott is the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Project Manager for the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob France Institute. For over a decade, Cheryl has worked to ensure the accuracy, consistency, and reliability of community indicators that describe the quality of life for Baltimore City residents. She coordinates with staff to produce customized statistical and research reports and evaluations that examine neighborhood-level trends on socio-economic characteristics, crime and safety, public health, housing and community development, educational performance, and sustainability. Cheryl also provides training and educational opportunities to community members and students on indicators, evidence-based practices, and community asset mapping. Her research interests include the relationship between crime and the built environment as well as developing new quantitative measures for studying urban crime risk at the block level. 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 research methodology and social inequality. In 2017 Cheryl was awarded the University of Baltimore’s President’s Staff Award for Extraordinary Public Service to the University and Greater Community.

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

Christine Hwang – Research Assistant

Christine Hwang is responsible for expanding BNIA-JFI’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]

Charles “Carlos” Karpati – Civic Developer

Contact Carlos Karpati at [email protected]

William Casey – Student Assistant (Real Estate)




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