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Jessie Braden

Senior Fellow for Data and Analytics


Jessie Braden is the co-founder and Director of the Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative at Pratt Institute, an independent GIS service center and research hub serving Pratt as well as a variety of clients and partners citywide. From 2010-2013 she was a member of the planning staff at Pratt Center, where she used geospatial techniques for sustainability and participatory planning. She continues to serve Pratt Center in an advisory role as a Senior Fellow for Data and Analytics.  

Jessie is a GIS and open data expert with a focus on critical data assessment, demographic and environmental analysis and cartographic design for storytelling. Prior to joining Pratt 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 a Visiting Associate Professor in Pratt’s Sustainable Environmental Systems graduate program and founded and directs Pratt’s GIS and Design certificate program.