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Mary Hurley wins 2011 CGIA Chairman’s Award

Mary Hurley
Promoting GIS and Collaboration for GIS in California

Mary has supported GIS and the GIS community in California for more than 30 years.  In addition she has supported the states of Arizona, Nevada, and Florida, and worked on Federal and military projects.  She has worked in the private sector and participating in non-profit GIS groups to promote Geoliteracy and advocate for statewide spatial policies to improve the knowledge and availability of spatial data.  Over the years Mary has been a part of the growing awareness of GIS:

  • Member of CIRGIS and served on the board for 8 years
  • Member of NSGIC for 8 years and has served on the Outreach Committee
  • Member of SoCal URISA
  • Chairperson for CalGIS in 2006 in Santa Barbara
  • Has served many years on the CalGIS Planning Committee
  • Participated in GIS Day events at colleges, various cities, and counties around California
  • Served on the CGIA Board (and continues to do so)
  • Served as CGIA Chairperson for two years and currently serves as Treasurer
  • Planning Committee for the State Executive GIS Event in Sacramento in 2008

Most recently she served on the Governor’s Task Force for GIS for the Office of the Chief Information Officer in 2008-09 resulting in the document:  Visualizing California – A Strategy for Enhanced Decision-making Tools for Public Policy Makers and the Public.  This document provided guidance for Policy Makers and a strong recommendation for establishing the Geographic Information Officer position in California.

She has certainly been a driving force promoting spatial awareness, collaboration, and Geoliteracy to all of California.