NSGIC Staff 

Molly Schar
Executive Director


As Executive Director, Molly Schar serves as a strategic partner to the NSGIC Board of Directors and leads the organization's operations. Calling on nearly two decades of experience in nonprofit management, growth and impact, Molly works to foster coordination and collaboration with volunteer leaders, members, organizational partners and other stakeholders across the geospatial space. Molly grew up in a family of public servants - teachers, law enforcement and federal government careerists - in the Washington, DC area. She has lived on boats on both the East and West coasts and now resides "on the hard" near the Gulf Coast in her adopted hometown of New Orleans.




Jamie Chesser
Geospatial Programs Manager

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Jamie Chesser is excited to join the NSGIC team as the Geospatial Programs Manager. As a longtime enthusiast of the geospatial sciences, Jamie appreciates the power of geographic information systems technology and its certain impact on leaders and decision makers in society. Jamie looks forward to working with membership and staff to move the mission and vision of NSGIC forward. Having recently found the art of meditation, Jamie strives to bring kindness and courage to all aspects of her personal and professional life. Outside of NSGIC, Jamie loves to spend time exploring nature, hiking, riding bikes, and spending time with her husband Will, kiddos Hank and Vera, and pooch Buttercup. 




Bridget Nolan
Membership & Meetings Coordinator

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Based in New Orleans, Bridget Nolan has recently taken the position of Membership and Meetings Coordinator with NSGIC. She has demonstrated success in event planning, membership engagement, and has a deep passion for advocacy and social change. She is excited to help facilitate a community and space in which important and necessary conversations can be had. Bridget is interested in the role GIS and other geospatial technologies have in creating equitable economies which also support a balanced and healthy planet.




Bronwyn Walls
Communications Coordinator

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As NSGIC's Communications Coordinator, Bronwyn Walls works with committees, staff, and leaders within the organization to provide valuable resources to NSGIC members and to GIS professionals as a whole. Bronwyn believes in the power of community to educate, create positive change, and influence individual empowerment. She strives to work with a wholehearted, creative, and open-minded attitude from her home office in New Orleans, LA. Bronwyn graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas, Austin and draws from a range of experiences within arts, business, and administration.



Lynda Wayne
Project Manager

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Lynda Wayne brings 3 decades of geospatial data management and coordination experience to the position of 3DEP Project Manager. A long-time metadata advocate, Lynda thrives on creating practical approaches to complex issues. She is a Landscape Architect by training and spent her early career in the marshes of coastal Louisiana applying GIS and image processing to the mitigation of land loss, hurricanes, and oil spills. She is a former NSGIC alternate for the State of Louisiana but left for the mountains of western North Carolina before the NSGIC staff coalesced in New Orleans.