Taylor McGinnis

Democratizing Data Researcher

As the Democratizing Data Researcher, Taylor engages in strategic research, design, and implementation activities to advance Pratt Center's Democratizing Data program area. 

Taylor is working to expand access to public datasets and to connect other organizations with the data they need to further their goals. She is passionate about building user-friendly and interactive online resources that provide the public with information that is often only available to private institutions. She works with Pratt Center to host trainings for community-based organizations on how to best collect, analyze, and incorporate data into their daily efforts.  

Before coming to Pratt Center, Taylor acquired a Certificate in GIS & Design from the Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative (SAVI) at Pratt Institute. She then went on to work as the GIS Fellow at Pratt Center for 6 months in 2018, where she contributed to the Neighborhood Data Portal (NDP) and the report on the Gowanus Neighborhood Rezoning. In the three years before returning to Pratt Center, she worked as a software developer and technical product manager at NYC Planning Labs. While at Planning Labs she helped to design, build, and maintain online data-sharing applications focused on city planning issues, including NYC's Zoning and Land Use Map (Zola), NYC Population Factfinder and the Zoning Application Portal (ZAP) Search.