The Team

The AMP team is composed of outstanding alumni, undergraduate, and graduate students from several programs at UW Tacoma.

Project Director
Project Manager
Technical Lead
Research Fellows
AMP Alumni

Matt Kelley

Matthew Kelley, PhD

Project Director

Associate Professor
Urban Studies, UW Tacoma

Dr. Kelley joined the Urban Studies faculty at the University of Washington Tacoma in 2008 after completing his Ph.D. in Geography at the Pennsylvania State University. He founded the Action Mapping Project at UW Tacoma in 2016. At UWT he also directs and teaches in the undergraduate and graduate geospatial sciences programs (which include an undergraduate GIS Certificate, a BA in GIS and Spatial Planning, and a MS in Geospatial Technologies). In his research he explores how data, maps, and new information technologies can be leveraged to improve or augment the ways that we approach community development – the ways, in other words, we work to make our neighborhoods more livable. With five young children at home he also spends a lot of his time at work and at home thinking about youth in the city.

Augustine Canales

Augustine Canales

Project Manager

Graduate Student
Social Work, UW Tacoma

Augustine is the project manager for Tacoma Creates. He started working for AMP during his undergraduate program where he focused on a Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare and a certificate in Geographic Information Systems. Through his work, he was able to bring his background in social welfare to GIS to get a better understanding of both fields. He is currently working on his Masters of Social Work and he hopes that he can continue to utilize GIS to help analyze social problems with a different point of view. When he is not working or taking classes his main focus are his wife and 3 children.

Matt Seto

Matt Seto

Technical Lead

Alum, Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies, GIS Certificate, UW Tacoma

Matt Seto is the Technical Lead for the Action Mapping Project, Technical Project Manager for UWT’s Office of Community Partnerships, and UWT Alumni.

Marco Bachini

Marco Bachini

Research Fellow

Alum
GIS Certificate Program, UW Tacoma

Marco Bachini finished his GIS Certificate Course at the University of Washington Tacoma. He also completed his Bachelor's Degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering in the Philippines and is planning to take up a master's degree soon. He loves traveling to different places and explore the wonders of nature. He also loves spending his spare time at home watching movies and doing gardening.

Alan Foote

Alan Foote

Research Fellow

Undergraduate Student
Sustainable Urban Development, GIS Certificate, UW Tacoma

Alan Foote is a graduate of UW-Tacoma in Sustainable Urban Development with a Certificate in GIS. A musician in his 20's, he went back to school in his 30's to learn how to help the Puget Sound Region adapt to growth while experiencing climate change. He is a father and partner who enjoys non-fiction, abstract music, and a great cup of coffee.

Micah Gelber

Micah Gelber

Research Fellow

Alum
Sustainable Urban Development, GIS Certificate, UW Tacoma

Micah Gelber earned a BA in Sustainable Urban Development in 2020 and a GIS Certificate in 2021 from the UW - Tacoma. Their research interests include spatial theory, social ecology, and ethics. In the Summer of 2021, Micah will be working on a variety of projects for the City of Puyallup as an IT GIS Intern. Micah enjoys playing, writing, and recording music, reading philosophy, and cooking.

Queenie Gipaya

Queenie Gipaya

Research Fellow

Undergraduate Student
Urban Design, GIS Certificate, UW Tacoma

Queenie is a senior at UW Tacoma, majoring in Urban Design, and has a certificate in Geographic Information systems. Her passion lies in affordable housing, sustainability, and social justice, which transpire to the project and organizations she is dedicated to. She is currently working as an undergraduate researcher for the Parks and Civic Study at UWT to analyze how residents utilize parks in Central Tacoma to offer potential improvements. She is also serving as a Data Entry Intern for the City of Seattle, where the goal is to implement new codes to protect existing trees, especially in underserved communities. In her spare time, she enjoys baking and cooking where she is happy to share it with her family and friends.

Olivia Snell

Olivia Snell

Research Fellow

Undergraduate Student
Sustainable Urban Development, GIS Certificate, UW Tacoma

Olivia is a graduating senior at UWT majoring in Sustainable Urban Development and the GIS certificate program. She has a background in hospitality management and spends her free time walking dogs, raising plants, and advocating for progressive systemic reform.

Justin So

Justin So

Research Fellow

Alum
Environmental Studies, GIS Certificate, UW Tacoma

Justin is a graduate from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies. He also holds certificates in Restoration Ecology and Geographic Information Systems. He currently also works as an intern for the US Forest Service organizing deeds and mapping mineral estates within the Eastern Region Forests. He would like to continue to develop his GIS skills to implement positive changes in both the natural and urban world. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games, drawing, skateboarding, bouldering, fishing, cooking, and trying new foods.

Mara Valdez

Mara Valdez

Research Fellow

Undergraduate Student
Environmental Science, GIS Certificate, UW Tacoma

Mara Valdez is a senior at UW Tacoma, majoring in Environmental Science and certificate program in Geographic Information Systems. She also works part-time at Pierce College Puyallup as a Lab Assistant. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, playing video games, and spending time with friends and family.

Eva Vesmanova

Eva Vesmanova

Research Fellow

Undergraduate Student
Urban Studies, GIS Certificate, UW Tacoma

Eva an udegraduate student at UWT majoring in Urban Studies Community Development Planning. By the end of her college career, she would like to get GIS certificate as well. Eva has always wanted to get involved in the city planning because she was raised in the big and busy city such as Moscow, Russia. In her spare time, Eva likes painting and taking picture on film camera.



Contact Us

Contact Dr. Matt Kelley, Project Director