Jessica A Deegan
spatial mobility . . . a gis portfolio


GIS professional currently employed as a GIS Specialist at the Metropolitan Council. Also primary instructor for GIS focused Housing Analysis course at the University of Minnesota.


University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, US

1.02-6.04       MGIS, Master of Geographic Information Science
   • Capstone thesis: Exploring spatial and socio-economic patterns of residential mobility among families with elementary school children.
   • GPA: 3.9/4.0

9.94-9.99       BS Housing Studies (community development & policy focus)
   • Fall 1997: study abroad in housing policy program, Demontfort University, Leicester, UK

   • Geographic Information Systems (GIS):
      Strong with ESRI ArcGIS 9.x (ArcInfo level), ArcGIS Server,  Mapserver
      Experience with workstation ArcInfo, ArcView 3,ArcIMS, GRASS, IDRISI, MapInfo, MapPublisher.
      Programming experience in VB C#, & Java.

  •  Web Development: 
      GIS web development tools: GeoCortexIMF, .NET ADF for ArcGIS Server
      Standard web development: Visual Studio .NET, PHP, ASP, Javascript, FTP, HTML

   • Other Software:
      Statistics: SPSS (also in Microsoft Excel)
      Databases: PostgreSQL, SQL Server, Microsoft Access, Basic Oracle
      Graphic: Adobe Suite (including,Illustrator/Indesign/Photoshop), Macromedia (Dreamweaver).
      Other: Microsoft Office suite ; Use Mac, PC, and Unix operating systems.

work experience

Metropolitan Council, GIS Specialist, St Paul, MN 1.07-Present

Develop Internet GIS applications and train others in their use. Maintain GIS data library for internal use and for MetroGIS data sharing organization. Examples of applications: “Maps” at, Environmental Monitoring Map, Natural Resources Digital Atlas.

State of Minnesota, Department of Employment and Economic Development, GIS & Research Analyst, St Paul, MN 2.05-1.07

Principal GIS analyst for the Labor Market Information Office. Technical architect and project developer for the Minnesota 3D project, a web mapping application hosting housing and economic data sets. Primary area of research related to commuting patterns and jobs/housing spatial mismatch. Other responsibilities include geocoding employer locations, mapping employment density and responding to agency requests for maps and data analysis.


University of Minnesota; Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, Research Assistant, Minneapolis, MN 6.04-9.04

Consultant for Minneapolis Neighborhood Information System Project. Provided one-on-one assistance, including making maps, data management, teaching, and analysis for Minneapolis neighborhood groups involved in the MNIS consortium.

University of Minnesota, Research and Teaching Assistant, St Paul, MN 9.02-6.04

Researcher in housing studies program, assisting in analyzing mortgage lending and foreclosure patterns in the Twin Cities. Duties included data collection, statistical and spatial analysis, cartography. Work was co-presented at annual meeting of Association of American Geographers in March 2004. Additional teaching duties include curriculum development, presenting, and demonstrating ArcGIS v 8.3 for a senior level housing studies class.

Phalen Corridor Initiative, Project Assistant, St Paul, MN 12.99-8.02

Assisted with coordination of community development project focusing on brownfield remediation, job creation, transit improvements, and housing development. Responsibilities included marketing (website/newsletter/outreach), data management, fundraising, and partnership facilitation.

East Side Neighborhood Development Company, Housing Organizer, St Paul, MN 12.98-12.99

Service volunteer through Americorps VISTA program. Coordinated community outreach campaign, conducted and provided analysis for housing conditions survey, and established databases and a GIS for organizational use.

   • March 2004 Full travel Scholarship to Association of American Geographer’s annual meeting in Philadelphia.
   • March 2003 Graduate Scholarship, Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium.
   • August 2002 Graduate Scholarship, Masons of MN, Montgomery Lodge #258.
   • May 2001 Graduate of Leadership Saint Paul, Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce.