I have enjoyed two careers, one in Urban Planning and Community Development,
which led to the second implementing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in
large, medium and small business settings. I currently combine these
endeavors as a Senior Planner with Harris County Community Services
Department Office of Housing and Community Development in Houston, TX.
A holistic viewpoint arises from bridging the public and private sectors,
learning history from many disciplines and scaling equivalent concern for the
individual, associations and society throughout the generations and across
the globe. I believe that truly sustainable development lies at the nexus
between environmental restoration, economic (human) development, social
equity and safety/security.
My longstanding interest in the effects of global warming on coastal
communities led me to graduate school at TSU's Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland
School of Public Affairs under Doctor Lalita Sen. TSU, an HCBU, housed the
only combined Urban Planning-Environmental Policy program of its kind west of
Dublin, Ireland at the time I began it in 2004. My research interests are sea
level rise, wildrfire, dust bowlification and adaptation planning. My goals
include leaving a planning legacy so the future can mitigate and adapt to
climate change by applying then-current science and best-of-field planning
tools like World Wide Web-enabled public participation, remote sensing, LEED-ND and GIS applications.
Public Policy and Urban Planning/Design - 10 years+.
Teaching/Tutoring - 3 years, GIS 2401 & 1411; paid prof. tutor ongoing; TA at
General/Business - 7 Years large decentralized client and mgt. groups.
GIS/CAD - ArcGIS 10.x (10 yrs+); AnySite 6.0 to 5 users, geocoding; MapInfo
(8 Yrs); Tactician (6 Yrs,); 2-3D AutoCAD (rusty, mostly for GIS import/export).
Shivam Geomatics Pvt Ltd. (VP sales, Middle U.S.)
Internet, Database and Computer Skills - DHTML (3 yrs). ArcIMS. CGI,