Jed spent his early years on the western shores of Michigan’s lower peninsula. Maps hand-drawn in crayon were an early expression of his love for geography. Poring over atlases and almanacs, he soon homed in on the Pacific Northwest for its temperate climate and lush forests. He made the move to Oregon in 2005.
Jed brought with him a fascination with landscapes and how we interact with them. He is an expert in using GIS to explore and improve these interactions. He takes pride in his ability to break down complex issues, understand what’s at stake, and clearly communicate a path forward. This helps him build the relationships that are critical to successful projects.
Jed has experience in technical areas including hydrology, geomorphology, geohazards and assessing risk, lidar, and land use planning. His previous roles included analyst, technical lead, principal investigator, project manager, and program manager. Before joining the FLO team, he worked for 16 years in academia and state government.
“Wait, I get to make maps for a living!? After I pinch myself, I look around to see an all-star crew as enthusiastic as I am about solving geospatial problems. Since joining the FLO team, with its strong reputation and established client base, I’ve enjoyed working with communities on mapping projects that open my eyes to new challenges. My goal at FLO is to tackle emerging issues our communities face…and have fun while doing it!”
Master of Science in Geography, Oregon State University
Bachelor of Science in Geography, Western Michigan University
Certificate in Project Management, Center for Executive and Professional Education, Portland State University
Alteryx Designer Core Certification
Former Certified Floodplain Manager, Association of State Floodplain Managers (2010-2020)
Where are you from and where do you live now? I spent my formative years on the western shores of Michigan’s lower peninsula. I made the move to Oregon for graduate school (go Beavers!) and have been in Portland ever since. What do you...Pam Grater