John Jordan
Executive Director


Mr. John S. Jordan, CAE, is the Executive Director for the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC).

Mr. Jordan received his MA in Management Information Systems from the George Washington University, Washington, DC, and his MPA in Health Care Administration and a BS in Medical Technology from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. Mr. Jordan served on two non-profit boards, the Cumberland Valley School District where he served as President and Board Director of the Cumberland & Perry Vocational Technical School. He also served for six years as a Board Trustee at the Harrisburg Area Community College.

He lives in Myrtle Beach, SC with his wife Bonnie. They have two grown children, Bryan and Ashley who both graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in State College.

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Amy Holmes
Operations Manager


As a dedicated professional, Amy serves as Operations Manager for NSGIC. She supports the Executive Director and staff by demonstrating her skills in hospitality and customer service. Amy graduated with a BA in Geography from Kennesaw State University. Passionate about sustainability and conservation, she co-founded a multi-campus environmental club with her fellow classmates, Owl Swap, at her alma mater focusing on ethical and sustainable fashion. Amy currently resides in Myrtle Beach, SC, but she is a native of Atlanta, Ga.

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Lindsey Peña
Director, Grant Administration


For over 20 years, Lindsey has worked in and consulted nonprofit organizations worldwide to help organizations further community impact and provide solutions to the challenges associated with funding, mission-driven results, infrastructure, and strategic innovation for sustainability. Lindsey holds a bachelor’s degree in French with a minor in English, a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), a Master of Philosophy in Management, and a Ph.D. in Management with a focus on Leadership and Organizational Change. As an academic at heart, Lindsey enjoys researching and writing, and she is happy to be using her knowledge and expertise to help NSGIC advance its mission and meet the needs of its members.

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Emily Ruetz
Senior Manager, Applications and Technology


Emily Ruetz comes from a computer science and GIS background, and she is happy to bring those skills to the NSGIC staff. She enjoys working collaboratively to achieve goals, build connections, and promote sustainability. Minnesota is her home, even when she’s off traveling elsewhere.

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Ashley Sievert
Director of Conferences and Communications


Based in Northern Virginia, Ashley brings years of experience in event planning and management within the geospatial community. She spent eight years with the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) working to bring industry, academia and government together to develop a stronger geospatial ecosystem. Ashley is excited to be with NSGIC helping to promote and facilitate connections with geospatial leaders across the nation. Her passion for horses and world travel keep her busy and on-the-go in her spare time.