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My name is Anela and I am a full-time GIS Analyst who is also passionate about photography and floristry. My GIS work centers sustainability and cartography, while my photography centers beauty and minimalism. I also make and sell floral wreaths every holiday season as a nod to my past working on a flower farm throughout grad school.

The youngest of five siblings, I am the first American citizen by birth in my family. Resilience fostered by my family and queer identity drive the majority of my work.


November 2023

Contributor. Policy Report for COP28.

December 2022

Author. A StoryMap published by SDGs Today in support of the SDG Data Alliance.

November 2022

Chapter co-author. Tara Stafford Ocansey, Emilie Schnarr, Anela Layugan, Annie Werner. 2022. "Building Capacity for Geospatial Data-Driven Education Planning." In Rethinking Education for Sustainable Development, edited by Radhika Iyengar and Ozge Karadag Caman. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing.

April 2022

Co-author. A StoryMap published in collaboration with the Poor People's Campaign, Kairos Center, Repairers of the Breach, SDSN, Howard University.



April - May 2023

SHIM/Photography at Moco Worldwide | Organized by Lucia Rollow | Hosted by World of Moco, Bridgeport, CT

August - October 2022

SHIM/Photography at Atlantic Gallery NYC | Organized by Lucia Rollow and the Bushwick Community Darkroom | Hosted by Atlantic Gallery and SHIM Art Network

July - August 2022

SHIM/Photography: Exquisite Corpse | Organized by Lucia Rollow | Hosted by SHIM Art Network



Finalist under the Mobile category.

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