• About DiaNA

    Expertise:

    • data engineering: cleaning, transformation, and preparation for analysis
    • comparing the well-being of different populations and groups
    • measuring demographic and social trends
    • evaluating the effectiveness of programs and policies

    Diana loves working with data!

     

    She is an analyst with over a decade of social science research experience with a focus on education and labor force dynamics. She has worked at the Population Reference Bureau, the RAND Corporation, and Esri, Inc., always in the capacity of informing public-interest decision makers with data and evidence. She is very comfortable working with large governmental and administrative data sets (e.g. Census' American Community Survey, Medicare data, California State University enrollment data for the 23 CSU campuses, Texas' Unemployment Insurance data). She is a Special Sworn Agent with the US Census Bureau, cleared to work in secure Research Data Centers with sensitive microdata. Diana is proficient in SAS, ArcGIS, and STATA software packages, and is familiar with the basics of Tableau, R, Python, and Jupyter Notebooks.

     

    In addition to her technical work, she also possesses the strong written and oral communication skills necessary to facilitate meetings and present material. Diana has served as a project and proposal manager for both large and small projects. She has presented at conferences, client meetings, subcontractor/vendor meetings, and other settings. Many of her projects have included significant data security requirements and have involved multiple stakeholders. She also has experience with holistic software testing as well as preparing & delivering live software demonstrations.

     

    Her training is in statistical data analysis and econometrics, as she holds a BA in quantitative economics, minor in math, as well as an MA in demographic and social analysis (applied demography), both from the University of California, Irvine.

  • Story Maps and WeB Apps

    Selected story maps and web mapping applications:

    What is Differential Privacy? How will it affect our work?

    Created for Esri's Policy Maps team, 2020

    A synthesis on Census 2020 differential privacy and its implications.

    Grandparents Filling the Void

    Created for Esri's Policy Maps team, 2019

    As the opioid crisis leaves children of those affected without a parent able to raise them, grandparents and the foster system take them in.

    Created for Esri's Policy Maps team, 2019

    This tabbed series story map with embedded cascades presents a taxonomy for policy mapping throughout a policy's lifecycle.

    You Can Get a Bachelor's at Some Community Colleges

    Created for Esri's Policy Maps team, 2019

    A pilot program allowing 15 community colleges in California to offer bachelor's degrees in technical fields shows promise.

    What are the language needs in my community?

    Created for Esri's Policy Maps team, 2019

    This app allows anyone to search to their community and investigate the top language needs in nearby census tracts.

    Including Transportation Costs in Location Affordability

    Created for Esri's Industry Marketing team, 2019

    There is more to housing affordability than the rent or mortgage you pay. Transportation costs are the second-biggest budget item for most families. This story map explains and maps the Location Affordability Index.

    Where are Americans Moving?

    Created for Esri's Policy Maps team, 2019

    This story map contains 4 galleries of visualizations of residential movement of population between 2015-2016, as well as some context, data notes, and a distributive flow lines mapping tool that can be used with any flow mapping.

    Awards and likely transfer destinations from California Community Colleges

    Created for Esri's Policy Maps team, 2018

    This web app shows the number and type of awards conferred by each CA community college in spring 2017, and likely public universities that transfer students could commute to.

    Teen Employment at Highest Levels Since Great Recession

    Created for Esri's Policy Maps team, 2018

    This cascade story map explores teen employment trends and determinants. Information can be used by local agencies to plan and evaluate any intervention programs.

    Housing Structure Type in 10 Cities

    Created for Esri's Policy Maps team, 2018

    A tabbed map series that compares housing units per structure in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, San Antonio, Philadelphia, San Diego, Dallas, and San Jose.

    Mobile Homes: Affordable but Vulnerable

    Created for Esri's Policy Maps team, 2018

    This story map highlights the vulnerabilities associated with mobile homes, and presents some policy options for increasing housing security for mobile home residents.

    Global Women's Health Indicators for International Women's Day

    Created for Esri's PR team, 2018

    This cascade story map highlights how women are fairing by country with respect to life expectancy, maternal mortality, contraceptive use & total fertility rate, and the percent of births attended by skilled health personnel.

    Lunar New Year in the American West

    Created for Esri's PR team, 2018

    This accordion-series story map shows the predominant Asian ethnicity likely to celebrate Lunar New Year in 5 of the U.S.' Western cities/metro areas: Los Angeles/Orange County, San Francisco/San Jose/Oakland, Seattle, Las Vegas, and San Diego. Midwest, South, and Northeast versions also available.

    United States Workforce

    Created for Esri's Policy Maps team, 2017

    This cascade story map looks at industry, unemployment, and labor force participation by county in 2016.

    Women in National Politics

    Created for Esri's Policy Maps team, 2017

    This map journal explores many aspects of women's participation and representation in national politics around the world.

    Low Birth Weight

    Created for Esri's Policy Maps team, 2017

    This cascade story map highlights the public health challenge of low birth weight in the US. Maps use county-level data with 5-year averages from 2010-2014.

    Kindergartners and Immunizations in California

    Created for Esri's Policy Maps team, 2017

    This cascade story map provides explores immunization rates by school district in California, personal belief exemptions by county, and policy implications.

  • Presentations

    Diana is comfortable giving technical presentations, software demonstrations, and other types of speeches. Her work has been featured at many scientific conferences. Selected presentations and speeches below:

    Amanda Klimek, Artemis O'Connor, Diana Lavery. Census Academy webinar. March 10th, 2021.

    Federal GIS Conference Plenary, Feb 2021. Virtual.

    A Natural Communities Score for Congressional Districts - Panelist

    Diana Lavery. 2019. “A Natural Communities Score for Congressional Districts.” Panelist at Harvard Geospatial Symposium on the Geography of Redistricting. Cambridge, MA. May 3-4.

    Geographic Perspectives on Redistricting - Panelist

    Diana Lavery. 2019. “Using Demographic, Lifestyle, and Geographic Boundary data to Evaluate Districts.” Panelist at annual meetings of the American Association of Geographers. Washington, DC. April 3-7.

    The ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World: an Introduction

    Bonnie Stayer, Diana Lavery. 2019. “The ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World: an Introduction.” Professional Development session at the Federal GIS Conference. Washington, DC. Jan 29-30.

    Diana Lavery, Jim Herries. 2018 and 2019. “Solving Web Map Challenges: Imperfect Data, Boring Pop-ups, Getting Attention.” Technical workshop at annual Esri User Conference. San Diego, CA.

    Jennifer Bell, Diana Lavery. 2018. “Top Ten Tips for Policy Story Maps.” Technical workshop at annual Esri User Conference. San Diego, CA. July 9-13.

    Jennifer Bell, Diana Lavery. 2018. “ArcGIS Online: Explore Your Data with Smart Mapping.” Technical workshop at annual Esri User Conference. San Diego, CA. July 9-13.

    Telecom, Traffic, Cones, and the Big One: Identifying transportation and communications emergency support workforces, and calculating their exposure to seismic peak ground accelerations - Poster Presentation (presented by coauthor)

    Pierre Auza, Diana Lavery, Yuko Nakanishi, R Jayakrishnan. 2018. “Telecom, Traffic, Cones, and the Big One: Identifying transportation and communications emergency support workforces, and calculating their exposure to seismic peak ground accelerations” Poster presentation at annual meetings of the Transportation Research Board. Washington, DC. January 8-11.

    Diana Lavery, Erika Baldwin, Hui-Jeong Woo. 2017. “The Effect of Distance on College Outcomes for Commuter Students in the California State University System.” Paper presentation at the biennial Applied Demography Conference. San Antonio, TX. January 11-13.

    Techies, Traffic Cones, and the Big One: Disproportionate exposures of IT & maintenance workers to seismic hazard & peak ground acceleration
    - Poster Presentation

    Pierre Auza, Diana Lavery. 2017. “Techies, Traffic Cones, and the Big One: Disproportionate exposures of IT & maintenance workers to seismic hazard & Peak Ground Acceleration (PGA).” Poster presentation at the biennial Applied Demography Conference. San Antonio, TX. January 11-13.

    Consumer Attitudes Toward Data Breach Notifications and Loss of Personal Information - Paper Presentation (presented by coauthor)

    Lilian Albon, Paul Heaton, Diana Lavery, Sasha Romanosky. 2016. “Consumer Attitudes Toward Data Breach Notifications and Loss of Personal Information.” Paper presentation at the annual Workshop on the Economics of Information Security, Berkeley, CA. June 13-14.

    Diana Lavery. 2016. Toastmasters International District 1 Area F2 and Division F International Spring Speech Contests. "I Can't Be First Lady."

    Capturing the Consequences of Ongoing Welfare Reform: the Case of California's CalWORKs - Paper Presentation

    Lynn Karoly, Hans Bos, Diana Lavery, and Lori Turk-Bicakci. 2015. "Capturing the Consequences of Ongoing Welfare Reform: the Case of California's CalWORKs." Paper presentation at National Association of Welfare Research and Statistics, Atlanta, GA, Aug. 23-26.

    Jeremy Miles and Margaret Weden, Diana Lavery, Regina Shih, and José Escarce. 2015. “Constructing a Time-Invariant Measure of the Socio-Economic Status of U.S. Census Tracts.” Poster presentation at annual meetings of the Population Association of America, San Diego, CA. April 30-May 2.

    Fun with ArcGIS in the Social Sciences - Invited Guest Speaker

    Diana Lavery. Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2019. “Fun with ArcGIS in the Social Sciences.” Presented to social science and environmental studies undergraduate students at Chapman University, Orange, CA.

    Jeremy Miles, Diana Lavery, Regina Shih, Margaret Weden, José Escarce, and Kathleen Cagney. 2014. “Changes in the Nature of Neighborhood Socio-Economic Status.” Paper presentation at the biennial Applied Demography Conference, San Antonio, TX. January 8-10.

    Best Practices and Innovations in Data Visualization - Invited Guest Speaker

    Diana Lavery. 2012. “Best Practices and Innovations in Data Visualization.” Presented to Southern California Association of Government (SCAG) employees.

    Diana Lavery, Mark Mather. 2012. “The Mismatch Between STEM Degree Holders and STEM Workers: Differences by Gender, Race, and Nativity Status.” Poster presentation at annual meetings of the Southern Demographic Association.  Williamsburg, VA. October 10-12.

    Key Factors Affecting Children's Well-Being in California - Paper Presentation

    Mark Mather, Diana Lavery. 2011. “Key Factors Affecting Children’s Well-Being in California.” Paper presentation at annual meetings of the Southern Demographic Association. Tallahassee, FL. October 19-21.

  • Technical Blog Posts and Materials

    Diana writes blog posts, creates tutorials, and authors Learn Lessons to help ArcGIS users with specific issues. Selected pieces below:

    Esri's ArcGIS Blog, Mar. 2021

    Survey data, like Census' ACS, contains a margin of error for each estimate. Learn what this error means and how to map it effectively.

    Esri's ArcGIS Blog, Mar. 2021

    Have field names and corresponding aliases stored as a two-column lookup table or data dictionary? Apply those aliases with our script tool.

    Esri's ArcGIS Blog, Jan. 2021

    Present information from other layers in your pop-ups, such as lists of nearby schools or stores, using FeatureSets and geometry functions.

    Esri's ArcGIS Blog, Jan. 2021

    Many 2010 - 2014 ACS layers have been added to Living Atlas which allow comparisons to the most recent 2015 - 2019 values.

    Esri's ArcGIS Blog, Sept. 2020

    This step-by-step example shows how to symbolize by size in ArcGIS Online.

    Esri's ArcGIS Blog, Aug. 2020

    One more resource in ArcGIS Living Atlas to support your work: a data layer and web map of historically redlined neighborhoods.

    Esri's ArcGIS Blog, July 2020

    Learn how to handle matching issues when publishing a spreadsheet containing addresses or places as a hosted feature layer of points.

    Esri's ArcGIS Blog, June 2020

    A few different ways to incorporate breakdowns by race/ethnicity, sex, veteran status, and more in your maps.

    Video Tutorial, Mar. 2020

    A video guide (~11 minutes) through Esri Maps for Public Policy site, as well as an overview of several different mapping styles: color and size, above and below, relationship, predominance, sequential predominance.

    Esri's ArcGIS Blog, Feb. 2020

    Help yourself and others when publishing a layer in ArcGIS Online by giving your attributes consistent field names and descriptive aliases.

    Esri's ArcGIS Blog, Jan. 2020

    Each of the American Community Survey layers in ArcGIS Living Atlas can show multiple aspects of a subject.

    Esri's ArcGIS Blog, Sept. 2019

    Configure your web map to appear the way you want on any website.

    Esri's ArcGIS Blog, Aug. 2019

    Reshape long data to wide data by using my newest favorite geoprocessing tool: Pivot Table.

    Esri's ArcGIS Blog, July 2019

    Take ten minutes to configure an app to draw attention to your web maps!

    Esri's ArcGIS Blog, June 2019

    There are multiple ways to turn a flat file of raw data into a feature layer in ArcGIS Online.

    Esri's ArcGIS Blog, Apr. 2019

    Highlight significant areas on your map by creating a high contrast between the basemap and your layer symbology.

    Esri's ArcGIS Blog, Mar. 2019

    Running a multi-step procedure of geoprocessing tools over and over again? ModelBuilder lets you store your entire process!

    Instructional Story Map, Dec. 2018

    This cascade story map presents guidance to help you make the best choice between using boundaries or centroids (or both!) given the needs of your specific workflows.

    Esri's ArcGIS Blog, Dec. 2018

    Over 900 attributes from the ACS are available at your fingertips, including many of the new computer ownership and internet connectivity fields!

    ArcGIS Learn Lesson for Policy Mapping Path, Dec. 2018

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently set a goal: By 2020, no more than 7.8 percent of newborns in the United States should have a birth weight under 5.5 pounds. You want to suggest policy actions to your state government to improve newborn health and help reach this goal.

    Esri's ArcGIS Blog, Nov. 2018

    By applying filters to Living Atlas layers that contain data for all the US, you can subset only the features that you need to analyze and map.

    Esri's ArcGIS Blog, Aug. 2018

    Explore a few different options for incorporating the reliability (or uncertainty!) of your data in your web maps.

    Esri's ArcGIS Blog, July 2018

    Data is rarely perfect, which is why ArcGIS Online makes doing quality assurance and data prep as painless as possible.

    Esri's ArcGIS Blog, Dec. 2017

    Tips for creating maps with great pop-ups when you need to suppress low counts.

    Esri's ArcGIS Blog, Sept. 2017

    With today's new release of ArcGIS Online, clustering is now available, allowing you to find new patterns that are otherwise hidden.

  • REports and Publications

    Using her methodological and data source expertise, Diana has contributed to many reports, web articles, and academic journal articles on a variety of topics:

    Population Reference Bureau, 2009

     

  • Service to the Profession

    Diana is committed to contributing to the community of social science practitioners and to helping the next generation of social science analysts. Diana

    • is a member of the American Community Survey Users' Group Steering Committee, and contributes regularly to the American Community Survey data users community
    • formerly served a 2-year term as the editor of the newsletter for the Population of Association of America's Committee on Applied Demography.
    • was an alumni mentor for the University of California's UCDC summer internship program while living in Washington, DC.
    • frequently participates in career panels and enjoys speaking with current students and early career professionals about data analysis, GIS, women in STEM, etc.

  • Professional Experience

    Diana has worked to put data & information in the hands of decision makers to use for the public interest, as well as to advance students' quantitative abilities. While her work spans many topic areas (from transportation to child poverty to higher education) the end goal has always been to improve the well-being of people and communities.

    Esri, Inc.

    Senior Product Engineer, March 2017 - present

    California State University, Office of the Chancellor

    Senior Research Analyst, Aug 2016 - March 2017

    Research Analyst, Oct 2015 – Aug 2016

    RAND Corporation

    Technical Project Associate III, June 2015 - Oct 2015

    Technical Project Associate II, June 2013 - June 2015

    Population Reference Bureau

    Research Associate, June 2010 - May 2013

    Riverside County, Center for Demographic Research

    Research Analyst, Sept 2008 - June 2010

    Population Reference Bureau

    US Programs Intern, Summer 2008

    Riverside County, Transportation and Land Management Agency

    GIS Specialist, Dec 2007 - June 2008 (part time while in grad school)

    Freelance Math Tutor

    Freelance Math Tutor, 2008 - 2010

    The Princeton Review

    Teacher & Tutor for SAT/ACT/SAT II Math/AP Calculus, June 2006- June 2008

    UC Irvine Department of Sociology

    Research Assistant, Spring Quarter 2006

  • LET'S CHAT!

    @dianaclavery

    California Inland Empire

  • Consulting

    Have a "messy" dataset that needs a big data-janitor job?

    Need help finding some statistics on demographics, employment, or housing in a specific area?

    Want help making some interactive web maps to be used in a larger website, app, report, or presentation?

    Have a project that involves statistical analysis and don't know where to start?

    Have a hypothesis you want to test but need some methodological expertise?

    Have SAS "spaghetti code" that you want cleaned up and nicely commented?

    • Bronze Package: 10 hours for $1,000 ($100/hour)
    • Silver Package: 20 hours for $1,800 ($90/hour)
    • Gold Package: 30 hours for $2,400 ($80/hour)
    • I am open to payment-in-kind (bartering) arrangements depending on the circumstances.

    I'm also happy to connect with you about your project and put together a custom quote based on your needs and specifications!

     

    In the message space below, please include:

    • what software format your data is currently in (Excel is fine!  No data is also fine!)
    • what the overall timeline is
    • what does "done" look like to you