Alex Din

Washington, D.C.

I am a Social Science Analyst for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). I have nearly a decade of experience working with spatial data and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). My work focuses on housing issues, typically spatial analysis questions regarding vacant housing and low-income rental assisted housing populations.

I am an adjunct lecturer for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County's master's in GIS program and a Fellow at the D.C. Policy Center.


Experience

Social Science Analyst

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Policy Development & Research | Program Monitoring and Research Division

Current Responsibilities:

  • I am HUD's expert steward for administrative address data from the United States Postal Service. I manage these datasets:
  • I perform spatial analysis for research and ad-hoc requests.
  • I am an FAC-COR Level 2 - I manage several data-related contracts.
  • I am the editor for the Graphic Detail department of Cityscape, HUD's journal for original research for housing and urban development issues. I have also been the guest editor for two issues:
  • I am the data steward for several datasets on HUD's Geospatial Data Storefront. I use Python to run extract, transform, and load (ETL) scripts to update the datasets quarterly.
  • I organize annual training for ~20 staff in PD&R.
  • I have mentored Pathways Interns and university students in spatial analysis. I have participated in data challenges with students from the University of Maryland College Park, the University of Washington, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Previous Responsibilities:

  • Managed and updated datasets, and managed HUD user accounts on HUD's Geospatial Data Storefront
  • Served as the point-of-contact for communication with HUD's GIS software vendor, Esri.
  • Coordinated bi-monthly Esri instructor-led training for HUD staff.
April 2019 - Present

Fellow

D.C. Policy Center

I conducted spatial analysis and wrote the article Proximity to homicide exposure in Washington, D.C., 2021. This article was referenced on TV by WUSA9, and online by The Washington Post and Greater Greater Washington.

June 2022

Adjunct Lecturer

University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
Department of Geography & Environment Systems

Taught the following courses:

  • GES 600: Building Spatial Datasets
  • GES 679: Leveraging Web Data

August 2017 - Present

Housing Research and GIS Analyst

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)
Office of the Secretary | Housing and Economic Research Office

I collected, stored, and utilized data from a variety of internal and external data sources for reporting on DHCD programs and housing & market conditions in Maryland. I responded to ad-hoc information requests from the Maryland General Assembly and other requestors. I migrated data from various databases and spreadsheets into a central Access database system.

Special Projects

  • Assisted mapping Maryland's 149 Opportunity Zones
  • Rural Broadband Asset Mapping and Inventory

Regular Reports

  • Housing Beat
  • Foreclosure Events
  • Foreclosure Hot Spots
January 2018 - April 2019

GIS Analyst

Dewberry

I worked on a variety of projects and delivered products to several different clients:

  • LiDAR and breakline production for delivery to the United States Geological Survey
  • Assisted analysis and reporting for PaintCare, a nonprofit that places paint collection centers in communities
  • With support from a second team lead, task managed six analysts assessing over 3,000 miles of riverine engineering studies in support of FEMA's Coordinated Needs Management Strategy program
  • Provided QA/QC support to data collected in the field following the 2016 Louisiana Floods
  • On behalf of the Fish and Wildlife Service, I remapped 30 "units" and identified five potential new "units" of the Coastal Barrier Resources System in central Long Island, New York - maps have since been made available online for public comment and review
  • Digitized and updated to new imagery all 21 "units" in Louisiana of the Coastal Barrier Resource System - maps are availble online
  • Processed Letters of Map Amendments (LOMAs) on behalf of FEMA
January 2014 - December 2017

Teaching Assistant

Towson University - Department of Geography and Environmental Planning

I held weekly office hours for students from Dr. Jeremy Tasch's Geography 101 course to come ask questions.

January 2013 - May 2013

Fair Housing Specialist Intern

Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.

I organized paid volunteers to collect rental information for apartments in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, Maryland. Rental information was used for assessment for potential discrimination of protected groups.

January 2012 - June 2012

Education

University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

Master of Professional Studies
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
August 2013 - May 2015

Towson University

Bachelor of Science
Geography and Sociology
Metropolitan Studies
August 2010 - May 2013

Montgomery College

Associate of Arts
History
Ethnic Social Studies Certificate
August 2008 - August 2010

Skills

Programming Languages
Tools
  • Python
  • ArcGIS 10.X, ArcPro, and the ESRI suite of desktop tools
  • Basic R language
  • Familiarity with SQL
  • Enough HTML, CSS and JavaScript to customize this Bootstrap template, and configure GitHub to host this website
  • Microsoft Office Package

Published Work


Awards & Certifications

  • Department of Housing and Community Development: Caught Doing Good - Opportunity Zone Mapping
  • Dewberry: Dewberry At Work - Contribution to August 2016 Louisiana Flooding Response
  • Association of State Floodplain Managers - Certified Floodplain Manager (May 2014 - July 2016)