Letter From the Vice President
My name is Annijke Wade. I am currently serving on the BayGeo Board as the Vice President.
I came to geography and GIS in a roundabout fashion. During my time at Lewis & Clark College, the head of the Environmental Studies department was a geographer. Dr. James Proctor first introduced me to thinking spatially. Through an undergraduate research opportunity with the Environmental Studies Department, I helped organize a faculty conference on GIS. I remember visiting Portland State University’s GIS Lab with Dr. Proctor and am very thankful for having the opportunity to work with him.
After a few internships working with spatial data, I was hooked. To quote Harm de Blij’s 2005 essay titled Why Geography Matters, “geographers are especially well placed to assess the complicated relationships between human societies and natural environments.” Geography has allowed me to seek and understand spatial patterns.
When I decided to pursue GIS as a career, I found the BAAMA website (BayGeo’s former name). Knowing that BAAMA existed as an organization helped drive the next phase of my education. After receiving formal training in GIS, I attended my first BayGeo event, GIS Day. I had such an incredible time at the event, I decided to move to San Francisco with the hopes of becoming involved with BayGeo. BayGeo presented an incredible opportunity to network and connect with geospatially minded individuals and companies.
Since joining BayGeo, I have experienced an immense amount of professional growth through BayGeo activities. I’ve had the opportunity to hear top industry leaders speak at events such as the GeoMixer, network with people at GeoBeers, teach the “GIS Quick Start” workshop at the GIS Education Center, and even had the opportunity to start an area of interest group with Andrew Middleton - GeoCorps. I am very grateful to serve on the BayGeo Board with so many talented, intelligent people to support the geospatial community. I see BayGeo as an invaluable organization in my life.
As a non-profit, BayGeo relies on membership dues to host events, maintain the job board, publish this journal, and otherwise keep the organization running. This past October, we raised our rates for the first time in ten years, and expanded our membership tiers. We appreciate your continued support through this transition.
We are really pleased to introduce our new Student Sponsorship level. It’s never too early to start networking and looking for jobs or internships. We’re committed to growing our Student network and supporting individuals start their geospatial careers. If you’re just entering the job market, you can post your resume on our website, check the job board, and of course attend one of our events.
Everything, absolutely everything, is connected, and when we begin to recognize this a pattern begins to emerge. Recognition of this pattern allows us to better navigate our world. I see now that my experiences with GIS have equipped me with the skills to identify patterns and illuminate the inherent connectivity in our world.
Thank you for being a member of BayGeo and connecting with the Bay Area geospatial community!