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Jessie Braden

Senior Fellow for Planning

Jessie Braden is is the Director of the Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative at Pratt Institute as well as a Senior Fellow at Pratt Center. She is an expert in using geospatial techniques for sustainability and participatory planning. Jessie joined the Community Planning unit at Pratt Center in 2010, but has been working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) since 1999, applying spatial analysis to environmental management and conservation in urban areas.

Prior to joining Pratt Center she was the GIS Manager for the Forestry & Horticulture Division of the New York City Parks Department where she used GIS to track and analyze tree canopy, tree health and vegetation change. She began her career in the private sector as a GIS/remote sensing analyst for a Chicago conservation planning firm focusing on open space preservation and watershed management.

Jessie has a B.A. and M.A. in Geography and Planning from the University of Toledo. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.