Public Lab is open for anyone to join -- please sign up! However, 11 team members run the Public Lab non-profit organization, which supports the open research community with digital infrastructure, building organizational partnerships, community development, planning and executing organization-wide events such as barnraisings and conferences, fundraising, and facilitating open source publication of the community's work, along with a variety of other tasks. The staff includes:
Director of Community Development at Public Lab and co-founder of TreeKIT, Liz develops geographic tools and civic science methods for collaborative cities. Her background is in urban landscape design, and she teaches at Columbia University and Parsons the New School for Design. Previously, she worked at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill planning international new cities and campuses, at Durham Inner-city Gardeners (DIG) coordinating youth urban horticulture enterprise, and has travelled around the country catalyzing interaction among strangers with a “Talk To Me” sign – a project that received international press including the New York Times, AP, CNN, Oprah and NPR’s This American Life. She likes to play outside.
Development Manager Becki Chall comes to Public Lab after three years leading development efforts for Global Green USA’s Gulf Coast programs. In a past life, she worked as an environmental consultant in Washington, DC for a variety of government clients. Becki holds an MA in International Development and Natural Resource Management from The George Washington University and a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Michigan. While earning her degrees, she completed fieldwork in Australia, Mexico, Cuba, and South Africa. She is a native of ￼￼Michigan and spends her free time planning her next travel adventure, eating her way around Portland, tending her garden, and hanging out with her adorable mutt, Bean.
Micheal is based out of the New Orleans office. She is originally from North Carolina and received her BA in Political Science from North Carolina Central University. She's worked in the marine industry for the past eight years in administration and operations, and with some of the largest cruise lines in North America and Europe. She currently serves as an administrator for a community garden, where the mission is to provide low income urban communities access to fresh fruits and vegetables and to raise awareness and education around the concept of recirculating/traditional farming techniques. She's excited about working with Public Lab to carry on the mission of equipping communities with tools to combat environmental hazards.
Location: Portland, OR
Molly Danielsson is a professional designer, researcher, and illustrator seeking to help others understand the science of the world around them in order to make better decisions. Molly creates visual explanations, packaging design, portraits, and anything else involving text and research for companies ranging from People's Food Coop to Medical Reserve Corps to USA Today. Molly is currently working on legalizing sustainable sanitation with Recode. Molly lives in Portland, Oregon where she co-founded Flux, a feminist hacker/maker space.
A founder of Public Lab, Shannon is based in New Orleans as Executive Director of the organization, managing the work of the Public Lab nonprofit. With a background in community organizing and education, Shannon held positions with the Anthropology and Geography Department at Louisiana State University as a Community Researcher and Ethnographer on a study about the social impacts of the BP oil spill in coastal Louisiana and worked at the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, conducting the first on-the-ground health and economic impact surveying in Louisiana post-spill. Shannon is specifically interested in infusing traditional organizing methods of the environmental sector with new media technologies and tools.
She has an MS in Anthropology and Nonprofit Management and has worked with nonprofits for over fourteen years. She is a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program, a 2012 Loyola University Institute for Environmental Communications Fellow, on the advisory board of Global Community Monitor and the Louisiana Public Health Institute Healthy Communities Coalition, a member of the Citizen Science Association web and communications steering committee, on the Leaders Council for the National Parks Conservation Association, a reviewer for the National Science Foundation DRL, and a member of the Louisiana Bar Association technology committee.
As Data Ambassador, Gretchen works with Public Lab and partner communities to validate, interpret, and communicate environmental data. With a PhD in Geochemistry, Gretchen has designed and implemented regional-scale domestic and international field studies assessing transport and transformations of toxic trace metals. She has also developed laboratory methods to evaluate transformations of organic contaminants and engineered nanoparticles. Gretchen previously held postdoctoral research scientist positions in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University and the National Exposure Research Laboratory of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She earned her doctorate in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Michigan, and dual bachelor’s degrees in the Department of Chemistry and Department of Earth Sciences at Dartmouth College. In Durham, North Carolina, Gretchen serves on the Board of Directors of Schoolhouse of Wonder and the Durham Crisis Response Center, and volunteers in organizations committed to education, food-security, and sustainable agriculture. On the weekends, Gretchen can most likely be found riding her bicycle through rolling farmlands, running on forested trails, or swimming in sun-warmed lakes.
Civic Kits Fulfillment Coordinator
Location: Portland, OR
Noah serves as Public Lab’s Retail Fulfillment Coordinator, assisting with Civic Information Starter Kit production, shipping, and customer service. Based in Portland, OR, he has participated as a Facilitator and Organizer of Climate Justice Portland since 2011 where he is responsible for coordinating educational and solidarity actions focused on addressing the root causes of climate change and the intersection of the environment and social justice. He has a BS in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning from University of California-Davis.
Location: New Orleans, LA
Stevie Lewis comes to Public Lab with a background in environmental studies and community development. She has held positions as Volunteer Coordinator for the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Mississippi, Resource Advisor for the National Park Service in response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, and as Watershed Coordinator for the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring, a non-profit focused on promoting citizen science in aquatics. Stevie’s interest in building community resilience through environmental initiatives includes community and environmental work in far reaching corners of Kenya, Thailand, Botswana and Scotland.
Stevie holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Dickinson College. As a 2012 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, Stevie completed a MSc in Environment and Development from the University of Edinburgh. Her academic work and dissertation earned distinction through the university and she completed her studies first in class. In her spare time, Stevie enjoys outdoor actives including canoeing, fishing and above all, hiking.
A founding member of Public Lab, Mathew is an artist and designer whose work has been exhibited internationally. As Public Lab’s Director of Production, Mathew coordinates the design, manufacturing, and distribution of Public Lab kits, and has expertise in open hardware design, and technology and arts education, with a focus on involving and training non-technical participants in technology deployment. Mathew has worked on technology education for eight years, both with youth programs and arts education. He became involved in Grassroots Mapping through materials testing and the design of low-cost balloons and kites.
Natalie Mayorga serves as Public Lab's Civic Kits Manager, overseeing kits operations and sales. For the past several years she has cycled between education, outreach, fund-raising efforts and marketing, sales, and customer service. She comes directly to Public Lab from Portland's own Gay & Lesbian Community Yellow Pages where she served as Marketing Director. Her background in community organizing and working with numerous Portland based advocacy groups, such as Basic Rights Oregon, and Q Center, has led to her developing a passion for working with non-profits that seek to build relationships, create accessibility and empower under served communities. Joining the Public Lab team creates a unique position and opportunity to pool her skills into one very large creative endeavor and bring various runs of kits to researchers and citizen scientists everywhere.
She is currently rounding out her AAOT and continuing education through Portland State University in the Fall. The focus of her studies is public administration and urban planning with an emphasis in non-profit management. In her free time she enjoys playing softball, reading fantasy, and strumming an old guitar.
Location: Vancouver, BC
Melissa Nunes is a web developer and spatial technology freelancer whose interests include (but are not limited to) democratic knowledge systems, DIY, and appropriate technology. Melissa is a founder of Vancouver's Streets For Everyone, an organization that advocates for street designs that make cycling, walking, and transit attractive and reasonable transportation choices. She also founded and created Kid-Friendly Places, a website for people with kids to find, discuss, and share information about great places to go with children.
Founder of Grassroots Mapping and co-founder of Public Lab, Jeff now serves as Public Lab’s Director of Research. He is a fellow at MIT's Center for Civic Media, on the board of the Open Source Hardware Association, on the advisory board of Personal Democracy Media's WeGov, and an advocate of open source software, hardware, and data. With 10 years of experience in project management and software architecture in open source code, he has founded and contributed to dozens of widely used software projects, from data visualization to geospatial applications. His expertise in user experience, interface and graphic design have guided his work both in industry, consulting and designing for GE and Intel, as well as in the academic and open source space.