Board of Advisors

To ensure excellence in conduct of mission, the management of SharedGeo relies on a volunteer Board of Advisors who help guide development of SharedGeo’s administrative, financial, legal and operational functions.  These advisors have included:

Luke Baer

Mr. Baer was President of Robert Bosch Management Services North America. Previously, he was Senior V.P., General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Robert Bosch LLC. During this combined tenure with the Robert Bosch family of businesses, Mr. Baer’s leadership skills and expertise have substantially contributed to Bosch becoming a leading global supplier of technology and services. In fiscal year 2011, over 300,000 associates generated sales of $71.5 billion in the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology.  Bosch spent more than $5.5 billion for research and development in 2011, and applied for over 4,100 patents worldwide.

Prior to employment with Bosch, Mr. Baer was General Counsel for Porsche Cars North America.

Mr. Baer was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He was also an Honorary Director of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest and graduate of the FBI’s Citizen Academy.

Dr. William Craig

Dr. Craig is currently the Associate Director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) where he is the principal investigator on numerous CURA projects.  He is also an adjunct faculty member of the Master of Geographic Information Science and Master’s Urban and Regional Planning programs.  He holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Craig is a well-known leader in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and continues to serve on many local, state, and national GIS organizations. His outstanding contributions to GIS have been recognized with numerous awards and honors.

He has been inducted into the URISA GIS Hall of Fame (2009) where he was said to be “one of the pioneers of urban and regional information systems and GIS” and as a Fellow of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (2011).  He is also the recipient of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Lifetime Achievement Award (1995), MetroGIS Certificate of Appreciation, and the University of Minnesota Academic Staff Award (1998).

Dr. Craig’s impressive list of appointments and contributions includes: President of URISA (1986-87); President of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (1997); President of the National States Geographic Information Council (2009-10); Chair the inaugural national GIS/LIS Conference (1988); Chair of the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Geographic Information (1992-93); Chair of the MetroGIS Coordinating Committee (2000-02); member of the Mapping Science Committee of the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies (2000-2005); and member of the NRC Committee on Land Parcel Databases (2006-07).

Randall (Randy) Johnson

Prior to his retirement from government service in 2012, Mr. Johnson was founder and visionary leader of MetroGIS, an award-winning, regional geographic information systems initiative serving the seven-county Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.  As one of the nation’s first efforts to coordinate exchange and use of geospatial information across numerous government and administrative boundaries,  Mr. Johnson managed an extremely diverse range of responsibilities including: managing strategic and on-going business planning and performance measure activities; providing support to the MetroGIS Policy Board, Coordinating Committee, and special workgroups; coordinating efforts to secure and sustain political support and financing; securing and maintaining key stakeholder participation; securing and administering data and cost sharing agreements; overseeing support for outreach and communications activities; and serving as liaison between MetroGIS and state and national initiatives with similar objectives.  Based on his MetroGIS experience, and experiences of other geospatial collaboratives, in 2001 Mr. Johnson published the benchmark report “Lessons from Practice – A Guidebook to Organizing and Sustaining Geodata Collaboratives.”

Mr. Johnson has been recognized by local, national and international GIS communities for his significant contributions.  He is recipient of both major awards bestowed by the MN GIS/LIS Consortium; the Polaris Award (2007), and Lifetime Achievement Award (2012).  He was also key to MetroGIS being awarded the URISA Exemplary Systems in Government Award (2002).  In 2008, Department of the Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne appointed Mr. Johnson as a charter member of the National Geospatial Advisory Council, where he served until 2010.

Mr. Johnson holds a Masters in Urban Geography – City Planning Methods, from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, and has attended the Seminar for Executive Leadership, Innovations in Governance, at the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government.