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Meet Alex Brasch, Senior Population Geographer/Data Analyst

Where are you from and where do you live now? I’m from the small town (population ~2,000) of Winneconne, Wisconsin. I moved to Portland in 2015. What do you do at FLO? Generally, I categorize my work as population geography—applied...

Grant Herbert, GISP Staff and Culture
Meet Kate Doiron, Senior GIS Analyst

Where are you from and where do you live now? I am from the small town of Gardiner, Maine, and after living in Massachusetts for a decade, I moved back to Maine to the small town of Rockland! Rockland is on the coast between Portland and...

Kent Martin Staff and Culture
Enrollment Forecasting and Potential Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 disrupted in-person learning at school districts across the country, resulting in large enrollment losses for many districts in 2020–21. Some families moved, while others chose alternatives...

Charles Rynerson School Districts
Meet Kimi Shigetani, Chief Operating Officer

Where are you from and where do you live now? I grew up in Hawaii and then moved to Washington state.  I now live in northern California outside of Sacramento. What do you do at FLO? I aim to help streamline our processes, operations,...

Tyler Vick Staff and Culture
Celebrating Pride Month with LGBTQ+ Leaders in Science and Technology

In honor of Pride Month, FLO is recognizing influential LGBTQ+ leaders in the sciences. Explore the biographies and resources we’ve gathered to learn more about the life and work of these four incredible people. This blog post was written...

Pam Grater Staff and Culture
Oregon’s Top K-12 Demographer Joins the FLO Team

FLO’s school district practice is getting a new infusion of demography expertise in July with the hiring of Charles Rynerson as a lead demographer. Charles comes to FLO after 16 years at the Portland State University Population Research...

Kent Martin School Districts
ACLU-NH Releases FLO’s Analysis of Proposed Executive Council Map

The ACLU of New Hampshire hired FLO to analyze redistricting maps proposed by the state legislature. The FLO team reviewed election returns to calculate the partisan leaning of each ward in the state and assess the overall leanings of proposed...

Tyler Vick Local Government
Meet John McKenzie, Director of Business Development

Where are you from and where do you live now? I’m originally from the Boston area but now live in Tampa, Florida. I’ve moved around a bit and previously lived in Olympia, Washington, and St. Petersburg, Florida. What do you do at...

Tyler Vick Staff and Culture
[UPDATED] The 3 biggest boundary planning project challenges (and how to avoid them)

We’ve seen even the most experienced school district leaders make a few missteps that can derail an attendance area boundary planning project. Working with school districts of all sizes across the country has taught us that if a few key...

Kent Martin School Districts
Meet Ethan Poole, GIS Technician

Where are you from and where do you live now? I was born and raised in Berkeley, California, but now live in scenic St. Johns, Portland, Oregon. It’s nice to be close to the water. What do you do at FLO? The quick answer is, I make maps!...

Jed Roberts Staff and Culture