University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Alex Hume - 2007

I graduated from the UK with a B.S. in Natural Resource Conservation and Management in Alex HumeMay of 2007 and I am currently a Federal Consultant within Grant Thornton’s Global Public Sector (GPS) based out of Washington, D.C. In this position, I offer program management office (PMO) support to the Federal Geographic Data Committee, utilizing the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) experience I gained in the NRCM program.

After UK, I enrolled in the MPA program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, focusing in Environmental Policy and Management. In addition to my graduate studies, I also did an internship working as an Environmental Planner within the New Hanover County Government, located in southeastern North Carolina. In this role, I worked extensively with GIS software to champion a project delineating impervious surface coverage in the County by utilizing municipal cadastral records. I also worked to promote public access to coastal beaches via GIS applications, as well as map and monitor water quality monitoring locations located throughout the County. I completed my Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of North Carolina in May of 2009.

I got some additional experience by doing internships on Capitol Hill for Senator Mark R. Warner of Virginia and Congressman Mike McIntyre of North Carolina. Throughout these internships, I was able to attend Congressional hearings and testimonies, as well as research environmental issues of pertinence to the representatives’ district. Working on the Hill instilled in me a desire to pursue a career in the Federal space, addressing some of the nation’s larger environmental issues.

In my current position, I am involved in supporting the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) as a consultant with Grant Thornton. My main activity involves providing management support to the Committee as it works to standardize and promote the geospatial assets of the nation. Overarching goals of the Committee are to promote cross‐agency collaboration of the numerous federal geospatial data sets. I hope to eventually leverage my GIS management knowledge to become involved in marine spatial planning initiatives of the current Administration. When not consulting the Federal government, I can be found enjoying the Potomac River or hiking some of the local trails. Of course I still Bleed Blue with the D.C. UK Alumni Chapter for any and all Kentucky sporting events GO BIG BLUE!

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