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I work for the City of Santa Barbara, California as an assistant planner with work duties consisting of reviewing development applications for consistency with zoning, general plan policies, design guidelines, and environmental policies. I also work on special projects such as drafting design review guidelines, preparing reports for appeal hearings, and responding to customer inquiries. My interest was sparked for a career change in this field during my time at the SU Department of Geography and Geosciences by the caring, mentoring faculty. What I learned through courses in Geographic Information Systems, Cartography, and Planning, as well as a summer internship and lab time in the department were excellent preparation for my current work. Dr. Scott encouraged me to pursue grad school. As a result of applying to graduate programs I received a fellowship to study at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I completed a Master of Arts degree with a thesis in cartography while my interest was shifting toward urban planning. I went to work for the City of Santa Barbara which is an amazing organization, and at the forefront in planning. DoGG set me on the course resulting in a career where I enjoy going to work and learn something new every day!
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