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:
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.
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.
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
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:
Using American Community Survey (ACS) Geodatabase Files and ArcGIS Pro with ACS Data (Youtube video 53:08)
Policy Maps for Data-Driven Decision Making (Youtube video: 3:17)
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.
Solving Web Map Challenges: Imperfect Data, Boring Pop-ups, Getting Attention - Technical Workshop
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.
Top 10 Tips for Policy Story Maps - Technical Workshop (Youtube video: 58:55)
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.
ArcGIS Online: Exploring Your Data with Smart Mapping - Technical Workshop (Youtube video: 54:28)
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, 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, 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, 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:
Transportation Research Record, Sage Journals, 2018
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
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.
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
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