Meet Our New Staff: Maya Gutierrez and Rick Mohr

Meet Our New Staff: Maya Gutierrez and Rick Mohr

Maya Gutierrez joins Azavea as a Product Manager, Elections and Politics. Maya has over four years of experience working with GIS and managing databases. She recently completed her Master’s degree in Urban Spatial Analytics at the University of Pennsylvania. She comes to Azavea from the Research and Evaluation Group at the Public Health Management Corporation, where she worked on program evaluations, needs assessments, and technical assistance projects.

As an undergraduate at Macalester College, Maya studied political science and sociology. She has a particular interest in the role of civil society during democratic transitions and humanitarian crises.  Maya is excited to explore the intersection of mapping and politics at Azavea, where she works on the Cicero team and the Justice and Enterprise Services team.

In her free time, Maya enjoys cooking without measuring ingredients and playing Boggle without keeping score. She would like to one day grow her own vegetables and herbs, but has so far only succeeded in growing basil. 

Rick Mohr joins Azavea as a Software Developer on the Civic Applications team. He brings a broad software background and longtime interest in mapping and urban sustainability to his work on the team. Rick graduated from Yale University with a Ph.D in Computer Science and from Macalester College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Math and Physics.

In previous software lives he has built systems for genome mapping, personalized publishing, WYSIWYG page layout, and parallel computing. His side project Vocola helps people control their computers by voice.

When not working Rick enjoys hanging out with his wife and son, playing fiddle tunes, calling contra dances, walking in the Wissahickon, and working on his personal website