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(spot)Light: Brandy Balansay, GIS Specialist

Brandy and her family

The Basics  

  • Years of service: 2½ years 
  • Division: Environmental Management & Real Estate 
  • Tell us about your role: As part of the Real Estate Services team, I wear many hats, but my primary role is to manage and maintain our application, database, and real estate-related needs, like our geographic information system (GIS). I also navigate current team processes and brainstorm process improvement ideas that include innovative solutions infused with automation. 


  • Hometown? Honolulu, Hawaii 
  • Alma Mater? University of Washington 
  • What did you study? I have a bachelor’s degree in geography with a concentration in GIS 
  • Tell us about your family!  We are six! My husband Edgardo and I have four FULLY energized kids: Giselle (13), Enzo (12), Aston (10), and Bentley (6). They keep us busy and active! There is never a dull moment in our home. 

Just for Fun  

  • Which City Light value do you align most with and why? Customers First and Operational and Financial Excellence. It’s essential to keep our customers in mind as we evolve, update, and improve our current processes with a forward-focused mindset. It’s also vital to deliver our services and products in the most respectful and informative manner that benefits our customers and us! 
  • If you could have one superpower, what would you choose? Flying! I would love to travel everywhere and anywhere at any time!  
  • Where is your favorite place that you have traveled to? Europe – specifically London, Rome, and Paris! 
  • What would we most likely find you doing on the weekend? Tending to my newly established vegetable garden. It’s a new hobby. Now I’m picking zucchinis, cucumbers, chili peppers…oh my! 
  • What is your motto or personal mantra? Keep moving forward and embrace every experience as an opportunity to learn, grow, and gain new tools and skillsets for your toolbox – you just never know when it will come in handy!