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 Director 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.
A founder of Public Lab, Shannon is based in New Orleans and Cambridge (MA) as Executive Director of the non-profit. 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 for a study about the social impacts of the BP oil spill in coastal Louisiana. She also worked at the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, conducting the first on-the-ground health and economic impact surveying in Louisiana post-spill. Shannon seeks to infuse 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 fifteen years. She is an Ashoka Fellow, a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program and a 2012 Loyola University Institute for Environmental Communications Fellow. Shannon serves on advisory boards, councils or committees for the National Parks Conservation Association, Global Community Monitor, the Louisiana Public Health Institute Healthy Communities Coalition and the Citizen Science Association. She also is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association technology committee and is a past reviewer for the National Science Foundation DRL.
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.
Klie serves as Public Lab's Administrative Coordinator, keeping our five office, remote team organized and running smoothly. In addition to their current enrollment at the University of New Orleans for a degree in Biological Sciences, Klie's background includes several internships through the School of Social Work at the University of Southern Mississippi. In this time, Klie interned with Volunteers of America to provide case management for individuals living with HIV/AIDS, as advocating for others is something they feel very passionate about. Klie's combined passion for science, social advocacy, and non-profits has fostered a special interest in using civic science as a platform to build stronger communities. In their spare time, Klie enjoys brunch, playing and listening to music, being on boats, water-skiing, soccer, and reading way too many science and advocacy blogs.
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.
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.