GeoInformatics Seminar


GIScience, data science, and software development in philanthropy

Jack Garcia
Vice President for Data and Technology Strategy
Foundation Center

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Room: 1004 HN

All are invited to attend!

Abstract: Foundations, governments, and multi-lateral institutions award trillions of dollars in grants per year, on topics ranging from health, education, human services, and the arts.   The Foundation Center’s goal is to make sense of that funding data, connecting non-profits to the resources they need, and helping funders make better decisions.   In this presentation, Jake Garcia will show how the Foundation Center uses methods in GIScience, data science, and software development to provide insights and develop products for foundations and non-profits around the world.

Biography: The presenter is Jake Garcia, Vice President for Data and Technology Strategy at the Foundation Center, where he manages five sub-departments related to data and technology, including Application Development, Web Design & Development, Data Discovery, Data Management, and System Services.  These teams develop GIS, data visualization, and data mining apps and prototypes, in addition to managing business intelligence and system security. As a geographer and programmer, he worked on GIS projects for NASA/Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Al Gore's Climate Project, the City of New York, and the U.S. Army. He received an M.A. in geography from Hunter College and a B.A. in political science from Brown University.