Mapper for print and the web. Designer for clear, simple visual communication. Passionate about helping communities realize their missions.


  • Technology AnalystJuly 2017 - Present

    City of Raleigh Parks, Recreations and Cultural Resources - Raleigh, NC
    • Worked with PRCR planning staff to further develop and refine the department's GIS-based level of service and land acquisition models
    • Cleaned up core departmental data and collaborated with IT to ensure updateable and findable
    • Developed custom static maps and interactive data tools using ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online to support planning and administrative decision-making
    • Served as primary administrator and point of contact of PRCR geospatial data
    • Developed SQL queries to standardize and speed up reporting on key park and greenway system statistics for reporting to the City Manager, City Council, and Trust for Public Land
    • Delegated responsibilities between myself and part-time staff member to match tasks with strengths of the PRCR GIS team

    PlannerMarch 2017 - July 2017

    City of Raleigh Parks, Recreations and Cultural Resources - Raleigh, NC
    • Collaborated on the Neighborhood & Community Connections project, a policy plan involving the development of a data-driven approach for the prioritization of connectivity enhancing projects throughout Raleigh's parks and greenways system
    • Created Python scripts and Model Builder models to combine disparate Raleigh street and sidewalk data into a single dataset for network analysis
    • Performed data transformation and manipulation for further GIS analysis using Python and pandas
    • Created custom print and web maps for presentations using ArcGIS, ArcGIS Online, and Leaflet

    GIS TechnicianApril 2014 - February 2017

    Georgetown-Scott County Planning Commission - Georgetown, KY
    • Created maps and maintained data using ArcGIS, ArcGIS Pro, QGIS, Leaflet, Mapbox, and Carto
    • Updated parcel boundaries based on surveyor’s COGO descriptions
    • Managed addressing for local E911 database
    • Serviced data requests
    • Collaborated with staff in a variety of local public departments to create custom print and web mapping solutions
    • Provided data analysis and visualization support for planning staff for grant applications, county-wide Bike/Pedestrian plan, and the 2016 Comprehensive Plan
    • Acted as staff support and participant in developing the forthcoming 2016 Scott County Comprehensive Plan
    • Produced project templates, basemaps, and scripts to increase project efficiency
    • Attended and interacted with public planning commission and public meetings
    • Developed departmental logo and brand identity
    • Created graphics for print documents and web content
    • Managed the GSCPC’s web and social media presence
    • Designed, built, and maintain the departmental and Comprehensive Plan websites
    • Presented at state and national planning and GIS-related conferences
    • Sought and integrated Open Source software into Esri-based workflows
  • Asset Information TechnicianDecember 2013 - April 2014

    Kentucky Utility - Lexington, KY
    • Mapped the installation and removal of electrical distribution services for the Lexington and Midway services areas.
    • Field-checked existing services to for quality assurance.
  • Teaching AssistantAugust 2011 - May 2013

    Department of Geography, University of Kentucky - Lexington, KY
    • Led weekly discussion sections and provided individual support for introductory GIS/digital mapping courses.
    • Provided technical support for undergraduate/graduate students involved in GIS-based community partnerships.
    • Developed and coordinated course curriculum in cooperation with fellow teaching assistants and professors.


  • Leadership Scott CountySeptember 2016 - February 2017

    Leadership Development
    • Participated in monthly field trips with classmates to learn from various community leaders.
    • Led information gathering and writing of the class project proposal.
  • Lexington Housing ProjectJuly 2015 - January 2017

    Civic Activism
    • Provided data extraction and visualization support for a group of Lexington citizens analyzing local property development and its implications for the local social, economic, and political landscape
  • maptimeLEXSeptember 2014 - January 2017

    • Founded, organized, and contributed to regular, beginner-friendly meetups targeted at helping those interested in learning cartographic concepts, tools, and techniques.
    • Led a collaboration with OpenLexington to import Lexington’s building footprints into OpenStreetMap.


  • University of KentuckyAugust 2011 - May 2013

    Master of Arts, Geography

    Thesis: Re-Placing Sprawl: Mapping Place in an American Suburb

    Research Focus: GIS, place identity, digital mapping technologies

  • Ball State UniversityAugust 2010 - May 2011


    Research Focus: Critical GIS, GIS in Community-University partnership

  • Indiana UniversityAugust 2009 - June 2010

    Institute for European Studies

    Research Focus: Post-WWII Dutch history, culture, and geography

  • Ball State UniversityAugust 2005 - May 2009

    Bachelor of Arts, Geography
    Bachelor of Arts, German

Geospatial Skills

  • Desktop GIS

    • ArcGIS 10.x
    • QGIS 2.x
    • ArcGIS Pro
  • Web Mapping

    • Leaflet
    • MapboxJS
    • Esri-Leaflet
    • Carto
    • ArcGIS Online
    • Google Maps JS API
    • Mapzen
  • Database

    • ArcSDE
    • ArcGIS for Server
    • PostrgreSQL/PostGIS
  • Mapping Utilities

    • Mapshaper
    • ArcPy
    • OGR/GDAL
  • OSM Tools

    • iD Editor
    • JOSM
    • Overpass Turbo


  • Web

    • HTML/CSS
    • JavaScript/jQuery
    • Bootstrap
    • Wix
    • Jekyll
    • WordPress
  • Scripting

    • Python
    • Ruby
    • R
  • Development Tools

    • Git/GitHub
    • Atom Editor
    • Sublime Text 2
  • Design

    • Vector Graphics

      • Inkscape
      • Adobe Illustrator
    • Raster Graphics

      • GIMP2
      • Canva

    Professional Organizations

    • North American Cartographic Society

      • May 2015 - Present
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Contact info

  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

  • Email: ryancooper729@gmail.com
  • Phone: 317.431.4871
  • Website: www.ryan-m-cooper.com
  • Blog: Maptastik!
  • Twitter: @maptastik