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 areas of expertise include research and data analysis with a focus on housing, transportation, and urban sustainability. 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]

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 communities. She coordinates with staff and external data-creating agencies 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 achievement, and sustainability. She oversees the GEOLOOM co>map project, an online interactive map of arts and culture assets in Baltimore. She also provides training to the public on using GIS resources, community asset mapping, evidence-based practices, and communicating data for grant writing. She helps coordinate Baltimore Data Day, an annual event that brings together a diverse audience to talk about resources in the City. 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. 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. In 2017 Cheryl was awarded the University of Baltimore’s President’s Staff Award for Extraordinary Public Service to the University and Greater Community for her work on communicating data and information.

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

Charles “Carlos” Karpati – Civic Developer

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William Casey – Student Assistant (Real Estate)

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