As part of the telemetry team, Emma focuses on improving Mapbox’s understanding of traffic and movement. Emma has strong feelings about social hierarchies, machine learning shortcuts, untested software, and waiting in traffic, which fuels their work on the team.

In the five years prior to joining Mapbox, Emma earned their BA in religious studies, became a schoolbus driver, taught English as an au-pair in Austria, spent three years failing out of a PhD program, and became the chief data scientist of a tech start up. When they’re not thinking about telemetry, Emma is usually thinking about robots, plants, witchcraft, Appalachian folk music, or dismantling systems of oppression.