On July 15, Jacque Schrag, Tucker Harris, and Leeza Luncheon from the web team at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) iDeas Lab visited the Girls Who Code classroom to share how they use website design, video production, data visualizations, podcasts, and interactive online tools to make international relations policy topics more accessible to a wider audience on the web. Each of them shared how they first got into web development from very different paths, bringing a diverse range of skills and backgrounds to the team. Finally, they provided helpful real-world programming advice to the class as students begin planning their final projects.
Jacque Schrag is lead developer in the CSIS iDeas Lab, specializing in web development and data visualization. She works closely with program partners to develop interactive experiences that convey policy analysis and complex data sets in engaging and unique ways. Interested in the intersection of peace building, technology, and data, Ms. Schrag joined CSIS in 2016 after working as a consultant for the National Democratic Institute’s “Open Election Data Initiative”. A self-taught developer, she holds an M.A. in international peace and conflict resolution from American University and a B.A. in history from Ball State University. She is an active member of the Women Who Code DC and Dev.to communities and was honored as a DCFem Tech award winner in 2018.
Tucker Harris is a web designer and front-end developer in the CSIS iDeas Lab, working with CSIS experts to translate their program priorities into effective web projects. She uses the latest research on user experience and web development trends to shape interfaces that will make website content accessible to the user. By honing her skills across an array of disciplines —art, graphic design, user experience/interaction, and front-end web development— she aims to bridge the gap between concept and code, producing designs that are uniquely aesthetic as well as practical. Ms. Harris holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and a certificate in web design and development from the University of Richmond. She joined CSIS in November 2016.
Leeza Luncheon is an associate developer in the CSIS iDeas Lab. She works closely other members of the iDeas Lab team to apply design ideas and implement web technologies. Ms. Luncheon develops interactive web projects, interactive maps, and other data visualizations to support programs within the center. Previously, she worked as a graphic designer and web developer at the Politics and Prose Bookstore. She holds an B.F.A. in communication arts from Virginia Commonwealth University and is graduate of Flatiron School’s software engineering program. She joined CSIS in August 2018.