Ed Arabas serves the citizens of Oregon as a Senior Operations & Policy Analyst, supporting the State CIO's responsibility to oversee major IT projects and provide strategic planning for enterprise IT systems and planning. He also supports the State GIO, Cy Smith. His public service began in 1996 as a GIS analyst for Polk County, Oregon, and has continued since then with the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon Department of Administrative Services. His experience with GIS extends back to graduate school in the late 1980s, as he sought to understand Mexican land use decisions using GIS and satellite imagery.
Ed's commitment to efficiency and effectiveness in the use of geospatial technologies began in earnest when he became the Data Administrator for the Oregon Geospatial Data Clearinghouse in 2000, and continued through his roles as a GIS Business Analyst and Framework Implementation Team chair for Oregon's Transportation data layer. He has been an active member of NSGIC since 2003 and has served NSGIC in several roles, including participation in the Outreach, Communication, and Membership Committees, a three-year commitment to the GIS Certification Institute's Board of Directors on NSGIC's behalf, and Board service as the NSGIC Treasurer from 2010 through 2012.
Ed lives in a home listed on the National Registry of Historic Buildings in Salem, Oregon, with his wife and daughter. He loves to bicycle, is an avid reader of speculative fiction and current events, and has been known to tackle significant home improvement projects with wild abandon.