Rachel Roberts

GIS Analyst

Rachel joined MFA in 2016 with an academic background in environmental studies and geography, focusing on environmental planning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and environmental communication. She has prior experience in the utility and forestry sectors. Since joining MFA, she has worked on brownfields redevelopment, environmental remediation, market assessments, and engineering support. She uses GIS to…

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I chose to major in environmental studies because of the interdisciplinary aspect of the major. I appreciated how well-rounded the major is and how many different parts of environmental work you are exposed to. This helped me find my niche—GIS. This is also something I really enjoy about working for MFA. Every day, I get to collaborate with colleagues working on a wide range of environmental-related projects. I love that I can work on a project focused on community development one day, and the next day can learn about groundwater contamination.
I chose to major in environmental studies because of the interdisciplinary aspect of the major. I appreciated how well-rounded the major is and how many different parts of environmental work you are exposed to. This helped me find my niche—GIS. This is also something I really enjoy about working for MFA. Every day, I get to collaborate with colleagues working on a wide range of environmental-related projects. I love that I can work on a project focused on community development one day, and the next day can learn about groundwater contamination.
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Who is Rachel Roberts?

Rachel joined MFA in 2016 with an academic background in environmental studies and geography, focusing on environmental planning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and environmental communication. She has prior experience in the utility and forestry sectors. Since joining MFA, she has worked on brownfields redevelopment, environmental remediation, market assessments, and engineering support.

She uses GIS to analyze multiple datasets in order to support MFA’s scientists, engineers, planners, and clients make informed decisions. Her GIS capabilities include data analysis, data modeling, web application development, and cartographic design. Rachel also has experience with technologies such as Trimble GPS, ArcGIS Online and Collector, Alteryx, and Tableau. She enjoys exploring problems through both qualitative and quantitative data analysis.

Outside of work, Rachel likes to go hiking and camping, practice yoga, and listen to Radiolab while trying out new dinner recipes from one of her many cookbooks laying around the house.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, University of Washington—Seattle

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