Sachi Arakawa is a graduate student in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program. The focus of her studies is environmental planning and community development. Sachi uses her background in Geographic Information Science, which combines data analysis and map making, to understand relationships between humans and their environment.
Nick Chun grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii and moved to Oregon after high school to attend the University of Portland. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in History and Sociology, Chun pursued a Master of Urban Studies at Portland State University. As a graduate assistant, he worked on a variety of school district forecast projects, concentrating on GIS analysis and data science. Chun’s research interests focus on growth management and land use. His Master’s thesis, Identifying Clusters of Non-Farm Activity within Exclusive Farm Use Zones in the Northern Willamette Valley, uses GIS, spatial statistics, and administrative data to classify areas where non-farm development have proliferated within the region’s protected agriculture zones. In addition to managing the forecast program, Chun has been streamlining the data processing and workflow of a variety of PRC/IMS projects.
Madison hails from the rolling hills of Kentucky, and lives in NE Portland with her wife, three Star Wars LEGO sets, and several house plants. She found her way into planning through her passion for local government, love of data management, and a desire to create equitable public spaces. Her work as a researcher and as a leader in her program has recently been acknowledge by APA, APTA, and WTS. Madison is very pleased to have worked with the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies on the Point in Time count and the school boundaries article and looks forward to starting her research with the Federal Highway Administration this Winter.
Sheila Martin is Director of the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies and the Population Research Center at Portland State University. She serves as a connector between the University’s knowledge resources and the community and directs the Institute’s research and service activities. Dr. Martin is also a faculty member in the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning. She teaches courses on economic development policy and mentors students interested in economic and community development and community engagement.
Prior to joining PSU in 2004, Dr. Martin served as Washington State Governor Gary Locke’s economic development advisor. Prior to her appointment by Governor Locke, Dr. Martin worked as a Senior Economist at the Research Triangle Institute. Sheila earned a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Southern Illinois University, M.A. in International Studies from the University of Kentucky and a Ph.D. in Economics from Iowa State University.
Eavan Moore is a first-year student in PSU’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning program and a graduate research assistant for Metroscape.