Jon Gottsegen has served as the State GIS Coordinator for the State of Colorado for four years. His responsibilities have included developing GIS capabilities to support emergency management and homeland security activities in the state as well as coordinating state and local activities to leverage efforts and improve access to and sharing of spatial data. Recently, the GIS coordinator position was moved to the office of the State CIO, and Jon is responsible for overseeing consolidation of GIS activities to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of delivery of geospatial services.
Before coming to Colorado, Jon lived in Salt Lake City where he managed GIS support for a consulting company focusing on emergency management and disaster planning. He began his career in 1985 implementing and managing a GIS to support statewide growth management in New Jersey, so he likes to quote singer, songwriter John Gorka, "I'm from New Jersey. I don't expect too much." He has been involved in the GIS field in a variety of environments including academic research in GIS and GIS consulting to local governments, as well as working in several application areas including land use planning, transportation planning, and emergency management.
Jon has a Master's Degree in Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and has completed course work toward a PhD in Geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has served as committee chair for NSGIC's Geospatial Preparedness committee for two years before being elected to the NSGIC board