Geoff Maas is the MetroGIS Coordinator at the Metropolitan Council. MetroGIS is an award-winning, inter-agency initiative which brings together partners in local, regional, state and federal government as well as interests from the non-profit, utilities, real estate and academic interests to maximize their investments in GIS through sharing data, defining needed datasets and data standards. He has 20+ years of experience in planning, GIS, cartography and information design having worked in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. His research and professional interests are in environmental justice, political ecology, urban history, information policy and cartography. He holds a BA in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a MURP from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota as well as 15 credits of graduate-level study in GIS at the University of Oklahoma.