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Atlas Team and Staff
Shalini Vajjhala is a Fellow at Resources for the Future and the leader of the Atlas project. Her research focuses on the social impacts of largescale development and environmental policies with critical public participation components. She has worked extensively on integrating and applying participatory mapping methods and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to diverse issues including climate change adaptation, environmental justice regulation, renewable energy siting, and carbon sequestration risk management. Shalini holds a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to joining RFF, she worked as an architect, community organizer, and design instructor in Pittsburgh.

Dan Spadaro, a Vice President in the Technology Division at Goldman Sachs, joins the RFF team through the Goldman Sachs Public Service Program, for one year beginning December 1, 2008 as the fulltime Strategic Leader of Technology on the Atlas project. He is a technology professional with over 20 years experience supporting various industries and technologies, with the last 12 years primarily focused on the design, implementation, and and support of systems technology infrastructure for financial applications at firms including Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, and Goldman Sachs. Dan holds a B.S. in Engineering Science with concentration in Electrical Engineering/ Computer Science and is currently completing an M.S. in Environmental Science focusing on climate change.

Janet Nackoney is an environmental conservation professional with 10 years of experience in natural resources research and GIS. As part of her own consulting company, Summit Geographics LLC, she has been working on adaptation research and the Atlas project as a parttime GIS Specialist at Resources for the Future for over one year. She specializes in spatial data analysis and mapping for a diverse array of natural resources, conservation, humanitarian, and international development applications. Janet holds an M.A. in Geography from the University of Maryland.

Nisha Krishnan is a research and technology assistant on the Atlas project and a former IT/web intern at RFF. She was instrumental in the development of RFF’s new website, and has been near fulltime on the Atlas team since September 2008. Nisha holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Macalester College and is currently completing her M.A. in Applied Economics from the Johns Hopkins University.

Michael Lippmann, Blue Raster, LLC, has more than 10 years of experience in environmental policy and web application development. Since 2002, Michael has managed information technology projects at Blue Raster. He currently provides web application development, web geographic information system (GIS) development, policy analysis and project management support. He has broad experience with environmental research and has worked with numerous federal agencies in his management of the design, development, and deployment of many award winning interactive mapping/GIS and databasedriven web applications.

Stephen Ansari, Blue Raster, LLC, has more than 10 years of experience in website and web application development that provides the foundation for managing and developing business mapping solutions and customized web application solutions.


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