Meet Tonya Kauhi
GIS Manager

Geographic information systems (GIS)
Environmental data management
Predictive modeling

Tacoma, WA


When Tonya was in college, one of her current GeoEngineers colleagues was a guest lecturer in her geographic information systems (GIS) class. The visitor showed off some interesting ways GeoEnginers was using GIS technology, and the presentation inspired Tonya to use her environmental science background and technology to solve real-world issues. To complete the story, Tonya ended up joining GeoEngineers shortly thereafter.

Tonya works with GeoEngineers’ Applied Technology group, where she helps clients use technology to complete their work more efficently. In one recent example, Tonya and her team built a software application that uses GIS and statistical modeling to predict where targeted items—such as cultural resource sites or contaminated soil—might exist in a given geographic area. “I am proud of this tool,” she noted, “because it puts the technology into the hands of our clients and gives them the power to make decisions.”

During her hours away from work, Tonya shares time with family and friends, and walks her dog. (“He mostly walks me,” she says.) She also works at a community garden that has donated about 100 pounds of fresh produce to the local food bank in the past year.

Selected Presentations & Articles

  • Instructor, GIS Credential program for Key Bank Professional Development Center, University of Washington Tacoma, 2011

  • “City of Tacoma Surfacewater Clearinghouse,” presented at the Northwest Environmental Data Management Conference, June 2011

  • “Visualizing Environmental Data," presented at the Northwest Environmental Data Management Conference, May 2010

Recent Field Notes

GIS Day: Discovering Your World Through Geospatial Technology
By Tonya Kauhi, Nov 19, 2014
HappyGIS Day, the annual celebration of geographic information systems (...

Let’s Grow! GeoProfessional Skills and Community Outreach Working Together
By Tonya Kauhi, Oct 27, 2014
I recently had the privilege of attending the 2014 ESRI International User...

A Roadmap to Personal Branding for Geoprofessionals: Part 1
By Tonya Kauhi, Aug 5, 2014
When someone asks what you do for a living, what do you say?  Can you...