Chelsea Harrison, CSM

Chelsea Harrison, CSM


Chelsea Harrison, CSM


“The best advice I’ve ever received is leaning into discomfort. Encountering discomfort means you are growing.”

Chelsea Harrison, CSM, is passionate about data. A project manager with GeoDecisions – our geographic information systems (GIS), geospatial, data management, and technology division – for more than two years, she helps clients leverage the power of their data to help them make more informed business decisions and make business process improvements.

We asked Chelsea a few questions to get to know her better.

Tell us about your experience in the industry.

I have worked in the GIS industry for 10 years. I graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in geographic information science and cartography (in other words, a major of GIS). Prior to joining GeoDecisions, I worked in the oil and gas industry, where I earned my Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Throughout my career, I have focused on asset management.

Why GeoDecisions?

One of the reasons I joined GeoDecisions was that I was immediately impressed with the variety of projects they were working on. During my first interview, the team was incredibly welcoming and warm, and I felt that my skills would benefit the team and allow me to continue growing and learning.

I’ve been with GeoDecisions for more than two years. My favorite part about working here is that there is always something new! Every day is different and fresh, whether a brand-new project and client or a new challenge to conquer.

Tell us about your current role and responsibilities.

As a project manager, I help provide solutions that improve our clients’ business processes, which drives them to be industry leaders. I also manage a team of two team members who serve as business analysts. Together we work on asset management projects to help clients manage their physical assets and maximize their use and functionality.

How does GeoDecisions support your professional development and career growth?

GeoDecisions has allowed me to become a certified scrum master (CSM). My CSM certification trained me in the agile methodology and the scrum framework, focusing on teamwork, communication, and flexibility. With effective team management, I bring agility to my projects, and I can implement more efficient and streamlined solutions.

As a division of Gannett Fleming, GeoDecisions employees receive Gannett Fleming benefits and are a part of the firm’s inclusive culture. Have you participated in any of the employee resource groups (ERGs)?

The Future Generations of Gannett Fleming (FuGen) ERG supports early-career professionals while including their diverse perspectives companywide. I have served as a mentor for the FuGen intern program.

What can AEC firms do to celebrate diversity and create a stronger sense of belonging across diverse groups?

I think diversity is important because it ensures that a variety of experiences and views are accounted for when solving a problem. AEC firms should continue to work with disadvantaged business enterprises, even when not required, and push to incorporate a multitude of different backgrounds in key positions.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to young women entering any of the STEM career tracks?

Always advocate for yourself!

Let’s talk family!

I have been married to my husband Kasey for five years and am a bonus mom to two wonderful step-children. We also have two English Bull Terriers who keep our lives in constant chaos.

My favorite family tradition is our annual “picking of the paper.” Each year for Christmas, we pick the wrapping paper we will use for wrapping all of our gifts. This tradition includes shopping, eating, and the first hot chocolate of the season.

What are your favorite hobbies?

I enjoy reading and am currently embracing my “memoirs phase.” I also enjoy attending sporting events (especially Oklahoma University [Go Sooners!] and the Oklahoma City Thunder). And I can never turn down live music and theatre!

What's one thing most people don't know about you?

I worked in the craft beer industry for a little more than five years.

What's your favorite way to unwind after a busy day?

My favorite way to unwind after a busy day is by cuddling with my dogs and watching sports with my husband.


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