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Marina Smith

Washington, DC, USA

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) professional with 20+ years of experience including data creation, maintenance, analysis, site selection, dissemination, and implementing strategies within various departments to increase knowledge-based decision making. Creative thinker with analytical, collaborative, and communication skills and proven ability to link conversations to business outcomes.

Interests reaching into aspects of construction and building processes. Recent completion of National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP), beginning Energy Masters program later this year to be trained on energy efficiency and water conservation techniques, and preparing for LEED Accredited Professional exam.

Skills: ArcGIS, CoStar, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Earth, Adobe Acrobat, Windows, MapInfo, contact management systems, project management, business development, Spanish (intermediate proficiency)

EXPERIENCE
HILTON, McLean, VA 2005 2018
Senior Analyst Geography and Mapping (GIS)
Administered proprietary locational and legal data for all assets of 5K+ properties and 1K+ in the pipeline globally for geographic content. Developed, tested, and supported spatial web applications. Performed ad hoc requests for site location analysis and conducted data mining to discover new hotel site opportunities. Liaised between the Legal and hotel Development departments worldwide. Prepared statistics and maintained corporate website for marketing material. Assisted hotel Development and owners at events and represented the company at conferences.
Enabled spatial web applications implementing systems globally to disseminate geographic data and content
Facilitated use of GIS as information driven business decision tool communicating through visualization
Established single source of truth for hotel locations by finding, addressing, and solving duplication of efforts and associated problems
Identified parameters in hotel site selection process and found viable sites for Development to present to clients
Led and trained international offices to ensure efficient processes, consistencies where necessary, and quality of product
Configured application environment for ArcGIS Online considering adaptability by non-GIS users

ISLE OF WIGHT COUNCIL PLANNING SERVICES, Isle of Wight, England
GIS Technical Support
Structured a plan to implement a more robust GIS technology through documentation and analysis of software system specifications

ROYAL COMMISSION ON THE ANCIENT AND HISTORICAL MONUMENT OF SCOTLAND (RCAHMS) [Now Historic Environment Scotland], Edinburgh, Scotland
GIS Technical Support
Researched and prepared technical report of problematic errors introduced by ArcGIS functionalities

XYZ MAPS, Dalkeith, Scotland
GIS Consultant/Sales and Marketing Executive
Taught MapInfo training courses, assimilating and communicating technical material. Wrote press releases and produced other forms of marketing materials. Managed existing clients and contacted prospective clients. Involved in cartographic production projects.

RAND MCNALLY, Irvine, CA
GIS Specialist
Trained employees on software and procedures. Provided production helpdesk support through coding solutions. Created published cartographic products through data digitization, importation and integration, editing, and teamwork.

EDUCATION
Agroecology Certificate, University of the District of Columbia, College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences

Master of Science (MSc), University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland
Geographical Information Science (GIS)
Dissertation: Identifying the Urban Extent (sponsored by the Ordnance Survey)
Studies in: Research Design and Project Management, Data Models and Data Structures, Spatial Analysis, Locational Modelling, Simulation-based planning, Environmental monitoring, Relational and Object-Oriented database design, GIS Software Engineering and Geographical Algorithms

Bachelor of Arts (BA), University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
Geography
Studies in: Hydrological models and soil analysis, Meteorological and climatological studies, Applications in public policy and decision-making, Cartographic design principles, Economic analysis of geographic data

AFFILIATIONS
Secretary, The Fund for Kalorama Park, Washington, DC 2013 - Present
Provide park maintenance and community input to District's park with respect to management of park and capital improvements

PUBLICATIONS
African history maps for university textbook, Problems in African History The Precolonial Centuries by Professor Robert O. Collins
Map of the Movie Stars Homes Los Angeles, CA

Marina Smith

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Posted 2019-10-21 under Analyst