Jill Saligoe-Simmel, Ph.D.

Jill Saligoe-Simmel is Product Manager for Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) and INSPIRE on Esri’s Open Platform Team. She is a professional geographer passionate about enabling vibrant, healthy, and sustainable communities by putting integrated location data to work.

Worldwide, Geospatial Collaboratives are working to interconnect organizations across borders, jurisdictions, and sectors, to address our most significant social and environmental challenges through integrated Spatial Data Infrastructure. As a 20+ year leader of statewide and national GIS initiatives and a champion for FAIR and open data, Jill has served as a trusted advisor on numerous boards and projects. Her independent research is on pedestrian connectivity. In 2008, she co-founded Mapdiva, LLC, makers of Ortelius and Artboard graphic design software for macOS. Dr. Saligoe is a dual US-Italian citizen and holds degrees in Geography from Oregon State University, Indiana State University, and Ball State University.