Sharai Lewis-Gruss is a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist at First Street Foundation. In this role Sharai applies her background in environmental policy and GIS to analyze data on flooding and vulnerability that is utilized in online services offered by First Street like FloodiQ.com, a browser-based advisory on hurricane and tidal-based flooding as it relates to individual parcels of land and properties.
Before First Street, Sharai was a GIS Specialist and Project Coordinator at COWI North America, where she mapped shorelines in an effort to help reduce vulnerability to sea level rise, major storms and other events. She coordinated teams in multiple countries to deliver an interactive mapping platform connected to a database for the City of New York.
Prior to that she was GIS Manager for the Regional Plan Association of Greater New York. In that post she created the "Access to Jobs" interactive map, using it to present the findings of an associated study to private organizations and federal agencies such as the Department of Transportation, and U.S. Census Bureau.
In addition, Sharai has applied her GIS skills to the benefit of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection and its Department of Parks and Recreation.
She holds a Masters in Geography-GIS from Hunter College of the City University of New York and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy from Middlebury College. In addition, Sharai holds certificates in GIS from Hunter and in Spanish from the University of Buenos Aires.