Dewberry Announces the Promotion of Elise MacPherson to Associate

Senior project manager promoted to associate in firm’s Tampa, Florida, office

Fairfax, VA—May 8, 2017

Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, is pleased to announce that Elise MacPherson, PMP, has been promoted to associate in the firm’s Tampa, Florida, office.

MacPherson has more than 20 years of experience in the geospatial industry, specializing in lidar, photogrammetry, and other remote sensing projects. She has led geospatial projects for a variety of local, state, and federal clients throughout the U.S., including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). She was one of the first data analysts in the lidar profession and was instrumental in developing data processing methods, marketing for commercial purposes, and training new entrants to the industry.

She recently led USGS’ and NOAA’s El Niño lidar data collection and processing project for the complete western coastline of the U.S. and NOAA’s Chukchi and East Siberian Surveys to monitor polar bears and seals in the Arctic. Additionally, she is working as the project manager on numerous tasks, including the NOAA National Geodetic Survey’s Gravity for the Redefinition of the American Vertical Datum initiative, 50,000 square miles of lidar data collection and processing for USGS in Texas, and lidar data collection for USGS and FEMA Region IX in Mendocino County, California.

MacPherson earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Queen’s University. She is a member of the Project Management Institute and earned her Project Management Professional accreditation in 2013.

About Dewberry

Dewberry is a leading, market-facing firm with a proven history of providing professional services to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients. Recognized for combining unsurpassed commitment to client service with deep subject matter expertise, Dewberry is dedicated to solving clients’ most complex challenges and transforming their communities. Established in 1956, Dewberry is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, with more than 50 locations and 2,000+ professionals nationwide. To learn more, visit

Published Monday, May 8th, 2017

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