Tameeka Bennett, born and raised in East Palo Alto, is a community organizer working to promote social and environmental justice, while helping young people find their voice in the fight for change. She is a staff member at Youth United for Community Action (YUCA), currently serves on the East Palo Alto Planning Commission, and work with several other efforts in the community.
William Bottini is a graphic artist and recent graduate of the U.C. Berkeley English department. For the past two years he has provided research and design assistance to professor Scott Saul as he writes his biography of Richard Pryor. He is the lead developer and designer of the Richard Pryor's Peoria primary source archive, and will be collaborating with the Spatial History Project on the website this summer.
Brian Codding's research examines the dynamics between environmental variability and human resource use in the past and present. Focused on foraging economies, he draws on ecology, ethnography and archaeology to explore these interactions in North America and Australia.
Andrea Griego is a third year doctoral student in the Archaeology track of the Stanford University Department of Anthropology. Her research looks at the development of urban landscapes, the construction of space, and existence of pluralistic communities. The focus of her work centers on the development of the earliest settlement of Los Angeles from private to public space and the politics surrounding the management of historic parks.
Sandra Koelle is a postdoctoral fellow at the Bill Lane Center for the American West and is working with the Environmental Humanities Project. She recently received her PhD from UC Santa Cruz's History of Consciousness Department. Her dissertation, "Rights-of-Way: Race, Place, and Nation in the Northern Rockies" looked at how the use of certain routes (the Lewis and Clark Trail, rumored Chinese tunnels, wildlife corridors), as well as the stories told about them, are central to how the states of Idaho and Montana regard their relationship to the nation. Her postdoc research project, "Access and mobility in the American West," aims to use GIS and other data visualizations to explore how space is understood through movement and travel, by animals, plants, and people.
Joanna Leon, a 2009 Stanford graduate with a B.A. in Sociology, is a lifelong resident of East Palo Alto. As a Mexican-American, Spanish-English bilingual, she is a strong advocate for appreciating the values and strengths in the community, and believes in supporting youth and their families in preparing for a successful future academically and beyond. She is currently the Site Coordinator at Girls to Women, a grassroots, non-profit organization in East Palo Alto serving girls and their families through out of school enrichment programs.
Salma Zahedi is a Master’s graduate in Disaster and Emergency Management from York University. Her previous GIS experience includes spatial modeling of fire incidents to improve fire response in Canadian communities as well as spatial and multi-criteria decision analysis of the fire stations location in city of Hamilton, Canada. She is working with Dr. Maria Santos on “Reconstructing California Conservation History,” with a focus on Los Angeles conservation history.
Kari Zimmerman is a research associate with the Terrain of History project. She examines the historical intersections between gender and labor in nineteenth-century Brazil. In her current book project, Women of Independent Means: Female Entrepreneurs and Property Owners in Rio de Janeiro, 1869-1904, she maps the commercial activity of women and men in the nation’s urban capital. Highlighting similar business trends among all entrepreneurs, regardless of their sex, this spatial analysis of the market argues against gendered divisions within economy. She is also collaborating with Daryle Williams of University of Maryland on the Broken Paths of Freedom Project. She earned her Ph.D. in Latin American History at Stanford University and currently teaches in the Thinking Matters Program.