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Our Team

NiJeL's Leadership

Lela in Tempe

Lela Prashad, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Lela directed the 100 Cities Project at Arizona State University until 2012 and is still actve in urban research with ASU. Prior to NiJeL she established and ran the water program for the environmental non-profit Arizona PIRG and worked with the United States Geological Survey's Earthquake Hazards Team, and Arizona Departments of Environmental Quality and Water Resources. Lela holds an Master of Science in Geological Sciences from ASU and a Bachelor of Science in Geosciences from Trinity Universityin San Antonio, Texas.


JD Godchaux in Ramallah

JD Godchaux, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder

JD is the co-founder and Executive Director of NiJeL, a position he has held since 2007. He has over 10 years experience in both directing and contributing to data visualization projects. An expert in open source GIS, visualization, and data management tools, JD has worked with a wide range of organizations to build and execute data visualization strategies. With the team at NiJeL, he has helped build numerous web visualization tools for organizations to show who they serve, advocate for their causes, and visualize program impacts. 

Prior to founding NiJeL, JD was a senior policy analyst at Morrison Institute for Public Policy, served as an environmental protection specialist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and worked as a GIS specialist for the United States Geological Survey's Earthquake Hazards Team. JD holds a Master in Public Administration from ASU and Bachelor of Science in Geosciences from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.


Nancy in DC

Nancy Jones, Board of Directors and Co-Founder

Nancy is currently the data manager of the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance at Jacob France Institute, University of Baltimore. Previously she was a planner with the Baltimore Metropolitan Council and a research associate at the Decision Center for a Desert City at Arizona State University.  She got her start working with GIS in 1997 when she took a class at ASU and has been having fun with maps since then.  Nancy holds a B.S. in Biology from Old Dominion University and a Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning at ASU.


Lyzette Bullock

Lyzzette Bullock, Board of Directors

Lyzzette Bullock was appointed to NiJeL's board of directors in 2010. Ms. Bullock is an attorney practicing in commercial litigation and criminal law at Quarles & Brady, LLP. Her practice focuses on general litigation, including contract disputes and criminal defense. Ms. Bullock is also a founding member and financial secretary on the board of directors of Community Resource Initiative (CRI), a San Francisco based non-profit which provides legal and non-legal support for people accused of capital crimes. Prior to her current work, Ms. Bullock worked as a law clerk for an Arizona Court of Appeals judge and a legislative aide for a Massachusetts State Representative. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from Wellesley College and a J.D. from The University of Michigan Law School. She provides both legal expertise and critical evaluation of NiJeL’s work as an outside technical expert.


Lyzette Bullock

Kat Hartman, Information Design Consultant

Kat Hartman is an information designer who enjoys finding the intersections between design and research, her favorite being data visualization. She received her MFA from the Stamps School of Art + Design at the University of Michigan. She has worked as a data analyst at multiple non-profit organizations including Data Driven Detroit, a National Neighborhood Indicators Partner (NNIP) with the Urban Institute. She has also designed illustrated health materials for UNICEF in Botswana and German Agro Action in Ethiopia. Her online portfolio can be found here: www.kathartman.com.


Teddy Otieno Asola

Teddy Otieno Asola, Software Developer

Teddy Otieno Asola, is a software developer who decided to take up programming so as to learn the role it plays in the animation field. With the realization that programming is such a powerful problem solving tool and the numerous fields it touches upon, Teddy thinks that he stumbled upon a gold mine. Leveraging his technical chops in MEAN stack(MongoDB, Express, AngularJS and NodeJS), Teddy has built/contributed to numerous apps touching on different industries, ranging from cosmetic to social platforms. He studied Film Technology and Theatre Arts at Kenyatta University. A design enthusiast, Teddy enjoys satisfying his eyes with any visual medium that is aesthetically pleasing. He also enjoys traveling, gaming, photography and animation.