Carrie Stokes, MSES'96

Turning data into decisions:

The SPEA alumna behind the USAID GeoCenter

Carrie Stokes, MSES’96, was honored by the Association of American Geographers this year with the Gilbert White Public Service Award for her “unwavering commitment to public service through advancing geography within and beyond government.”

Stokes works for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she was the first to hold the position of geographer. She established and now runs USAID’s GeoCenter, which uses spatial analysis and geographic information systems (GIS) to inform U.S. international development and humanitarian efforts.

James Barnes in front of a wall of photos.

We are not just creating the next generation of maps for USAID, we are creating the next generations of mappers for the world.