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Department of Earth Environmental and Geospatial Sciences

Kristen MacFarlane

Kristen MacFarlane

Current location

  • Bronx, NY

Date of Graduation from Lehman

  • May 2015

Type of degree/major/specialization/certificate: Masters GISc

Subsequent degrees earned or in progress


Title of MS-GISc capstone project

“Identifying locations in the Bronx for urban community gardens in an effort to reduce crime rates”

Positions held since graduating

Senior Data & Technology Analyst at NYC Department of Health & Mental
Hygiene (June 2019 - present);

Senior GIS Analyst at the Institute for Children, Poverty, &
Homelessness (December 2016 - May 2019);

Youth Programs Coordinator at Wave Hill (May 2015 - December 2016);

GIS Analyst with NYC Parks Department for the TreesCount project
(November 2015 - March 2016)

Type of work you do there

I'm working in the Data & Technology Unit in the Office of Emergency
Preparedness & Response. We're currently developing applications that
would be used post-emergency to canvass neighborhoods and get New
Yorkers with disabilities assistance for non-emergent medical needs.

Specific accomplishments of which you are most proud

While at ICPH, I was able to present my work at some really cool
conferences - including the Esri Education Summit the User Conference
last summer!

Geography or GISc activities and/or accomplishments, awards, internships, publications

Former board member for GISMO;

Won the Distinguished Application award
at the NYS GIS Association Annual Awards in 2017 for "On the Map: The
New York City Interactive Map of Student Homelessness"

Overall assessment of how Lehman’s EEGS Program prepared you for your current life

 I was trying to learn GIS on my own, but the GIS program at Lehman really pushed me to learn so much more! I especially liked the SQL course with Jen Brisbane and the cartography course with Gretchen Culp. They showed a different side to the field and were always really interesting.

Comments on the EEGS Dept Program you were enrolled in

The GIS program was great - the size made it really easy to get to know everyone in your department, so it felt really welcoming.

What else have you been up to?

Professionally, continuing to learn Python and SQL! Personally, running a lot!