Beth's role at Stamen is about engaging students, educators, and the public about data visualization and mapmaking through workshops, curriculum design, and project development. Her role also includes writing, project management, and collaborative design for public-facing materials like books, blogs, and stamen.com.
Prior to joining Stamen, Beth worked with organizations like Alternative Apparel and Burning Man Project to create anything from organized internal systems to marketing materials. Her experience includes graphic design, workshop design and documentation, project management, office management, warehouse management and web marketing.
Beth has a lifelong and experience-based love for alternative education. Her love for workshops as a medium and method began with the GrowBot Garden – a Georgia Tech research project featuring a day-long participatory design workshop where farmers imagined the future of robotics in small-scale agriculture. Since then, her workshops and public participatory activities have appeared at Burning Man, the San Jose Zer01 Biennial, SXSW Eco, and beyond. She’s currently an organizer at grassroots group Nerds for Nature, and she organizes a weekly meetup called MapTime, where anyone at any skill level can colearn how to make online maps.
Beth holds a BA from Georgia State University in Philosophy and Creative Writing, and a MS from Georgia Tech in Digital Media, where she became hooked on mapmaking. Most of her free time is spent exploring natural open spaces in California and doing her best to ignore her computer.