Yan is a veteran application developer with a strong focus on web mapping and custom reporting tools, geographic data services and decision support systems.
Most recently, she has been a lead developer for Community Commons, an online mapping, networking and learning utility. She leads the design and development of data and mapping tools for the platform, and the underlying GIS data architecture.
Yan received a B.Sc. in Geology from Zhejiang University in China, and a M.A. in Geography at the University of Missouri. She was a graduate of International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation in The Netherlands.