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MICHAEL SCISCO, GISP

DIRECTOR

Michael has over twelve years experience in design, cartography and GIS technologies.  Michael is a Certified GIS Professional (GISP) and continues to meet high standards for ethical conduct and professional practice as established by the GIS Certification Institute. Prior to joining UPGIS, Michael owned and operated BGC, a highly successful private GIS and mapping firm for 10 years.  He has produced thousands of maps with content ranging from conservation corridors in North Carolina to massacre sites in Africa. Michael also worked in the land conservation field for over 10 years developing GIS suitability analyses for the protection of land and resources in multiple states across the country.  His conservation planning efforts have assisted in the strategic protection of over 130,000 acres of land in New Mexico, Arizona and North Carolina.  Michael received a Graduate Certificate in GIS from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Western Washington University, Huxley College of the Environment in Bellingham, Washington. 


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KATE LENZER, GISP

GIS & DESIGN SPECIALIST

Kate comes to UPGIS with an impressive background in GIS and program management. Since graduating in 2011 from the University of New Mexico (“UNM”) with a Master’s degree in GIScience. Kate is a Certified GIS Professional (GISP) and continues to meet high standards for ethical conduct and professional practice as established by the GIS Certification Institute (www.gisci.org). Kate has worked as a researcher at the University of New Mexico, applying GIS techniques to projects funded by federal and local agencies. She has expertise in creating tools and models for automated GIS processes and has applied these tools to multiple projects across the country. Kate currently manages UP project work for one of our major clients, The Trust for Public Land (“TPL”).  This involves conducting highly technical GIS work, developing and following protocols and contributing to collaborations and expert committees in the development of Green Printing, Park Score, Park Serve and Climate Smart Cities programs and activities for TPL.  Kate has also co-authored several peer-reviewed papers on various GIS topics and taught basic and advanced GIS to over 200 graduate and undergraduate students at UNM.