Persuading people in different agencies to contribute their data to
Virtual Alabama was a critical component of the program’s success. How
do you build consensus, which then turns into action? Hear about the
behind-the-scenes negotiating that made this project successful.
Chris Johnson is Vice President of Geospatial Technologies at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (an agency of the State of Alabama) and is responsible for management and operations associated with GTAC and the Geospatial Technology programs. She has served as Principal Investigator for USDA, NASA, Department of the Army, and Department of Homeland Security grant programs and is the Program Manager for the Virtual Alabama program. Further, on a volunteer basis, she is a member of the Tennessee Valley Corridor Homeland Security Coalition, which works in partnership with various organizations and agencies coordinating Geospatial Technology efforts on both a state and federal level.
Ms. Johnson has over 18 years of experience in systems design; systems development and testing: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) development; Relational database systems development; Network engineering; Global Positioning Systems (GPS) development, Remote Sensing (RS) and communications. She has served as a consultant to the Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Defense Intelligence Agency, Space and Missile Defense Command, NASA, USDA, National Guard Bureau Counter Drug, Criminal Justice Information Center, Homeland Security, and state and local agencies on issues related to system development and the use of GPS, GIS, Remote Sensing and communication systems. Ms. Johnson is a member of the National Guard Bureau Counter Drug Technology Consortium.
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