Shelby Johnson is a native Arkansan who serves as the State Geographic Information Officer. He received his B.A. in Geography from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. As the director of the Arkansas Geographic Information Office, he’s required to report directly to the Governor of the state. He formerly worked as a Research Specialist at the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies at the University of Arkansas. Overall, Shelby has been gathering education and experience in the GIS field for over 20 years.
Shelby has held several leadership roles in Arkansas and was instrumental in organizing the State Land Information Board; which was later renamed the State GIS Board. He is responsible for assisting the State GIS Board in building a coordinated GIS system to meet the needs of the people of Arkansas. He is also currently serving as a Director at Large on the Executive Committee of the Mid-America GIS Consortium.
Shelby served on the NSGIC Board of Directors from 2001 to 2005. In 2001, he was selected to participate in the prestigious “LeadAR” program that grooms outstanding adults in Arkansas for future leadership roles. He was also selected to serve on a research committee of the National Academy of Science in developing a national vision for a landownership database of the United States. In 2007, he was honored with a Life Time Achievement Award by the Arkansas GIS Users Forum for his contribution to the GIS community.
Shelby, his lovely wife Belinda, and their son Luke live in Little Rock, Arkansas. In his spare time, Shelby’s love for the outdoors takes over. This is when he enjoys riding his bike, racing his motorcycles, and kayaking.