Bill Burgess currently serves as the Washington Liaison for the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC). He has been an active member of NSGIC since 1993 and served three terms on the Board of Directors. Bill represents state government when working with Federal agencies on geospatial issues such as the Digital Coast Partnership managed by NOAA. He also helps NSGIC by providing project management services on initiatives like the GIS Inventory (Ramona) and other contracts.
In 2003, Bill retired as Director of the Watershed Services Unit in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources where he served for 28 years. While there, he managed the State's response to oil and hazardous material spills for 11 years, the Tidal Wetlands Permit Division for 2 years, the Enforcement and Services Program for 7 years, and the Geographic Information Services Division for 8 years. He worked on mapping issues and fostered the development of geographic information technologies during his entire career at DNR. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maryland's College of Agriculture in Conservation and Resource Development. He also attended the 1991 residential program of the Maryland Government Executive Institute which is sponsored by the Aspen Institute and the University of Maryland's School of Business.