The team:


Betsy Cooper has a Bachelors of Fine Art in Design from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to her lengthy design resume, she interned in Cleveland for the Western Reserve Land Institute creating parcel inventories, learning about project management, grant writing, and urban reforestation. She is currently a 2nd year Masters of Urban Planning student in the University of Michigan’s Taubman School of Art and Architecture, graduating in May.


Malcolm MacLachlan is a 2nd year Masters student at the University of Michigan School of Information, specializing in information analysis and retrieval and human-computer interaction. He is also pursuing a graduate certificate in Computational Discovery and Engineering through the Rackham graduate school.


Frank J. Romo is a research associate at the Center for the Study of Los Angeles. Romo earned his B.A. in Chicana/o Studies and Urban Studies from Loyola Marymount University. After graduating from LMU Frank engaged in a yearlong post-graduate studies program in architecture and urban planning at Columbia University. Frank is currently pursuing a M.A. in Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. As a trained community organizer and educator, Romo’s main area of expertise is in community development. He has worked with government agencies across the U.S. as an educational consultant, community organizer, and planning associate low-income neighborhoods.


Drew is a first-year Master of Urban Planning student with a goal of using mapping technologies to address urban issues. He holds a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Rochester but was drawn to urban planning’s ability to affect communities directly.  He plans to continue learning about mapping as a tool to inform and engage communities.



Anisha Nazareth is a third year student at the International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore. She studies information technology and is particularly interested in how narratives are formed around social structures. She also studies the role of technology in bringing about changes via these narratives.