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Joe Ahrenholtz is a GIS Developer with the Equity Metrics Program at the Othering & Belonging Institute. Joe leverages spatial and statistical analysis, designs geoprocessing tools, and develops GIS software applications that inform planning and policy decisions.  

Joe has experience developing spatial models of neighborhood-level opportunity for state housing agencies, and designing web-based data tools to assist with the advancement of Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing policies. Joe has supported regional planning bodies through the development of social equity metrics used to design and evaluate housing program strategies. His past research focused on modeling the impact of density-based zoning policy on racial residential segregation.  

Prior to joining OBI, Joe worked for the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, where he developed and maintained GIS resources for the Capital and Planning Division.  Before that, he worked for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, where he contributed to data pipelines designed to track progress of housing development in the Bay Area. Joe is originally from Petaluma, California, and received his M.S. in Geographic Information Science from San Francisco State University.