Laura Atkinson has been working in data management and GIS for seven years. She has experience in public and private sector positions including the NPS Rocky Mountain Inventory and Monitoring Network and the urban forestry startup Plan-It Geo. Laura is currently finishing up a Master’s program in GIS including a TA-ship at the University of Denver She has been attending GIS Colorado for several years, recently being active in helping out the organization where able. Laura hopes to bring new insights and ideas to the community at large as a board member. As someone who is Colorado born, raised, and schooled, Laura has a unique perspective on the challenges of Colorado’s geospatial community and the needs of the industry in the state. As a soon to be recently-graduated student Laura hopes to enable higher student participation to grow the community.