SharedGeo is a Minnesota 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to helping government, nonprofit, education, and corporate entities use mapping technologies and share geographic data for the public good. Past and current collaborative partners include federal, state, tribal, county, municipal, nonprofit, and corporate entities.

SharedGeo Representatives:

Steve Swazee | Executive Director

Steve Swazee is a retired Navy Captain and former Delta Air Lines 747 pilot who serves as Executive Director of geospatial nonprofit SharedGeo and Chairs the Minnesota Geospatial Advisory Council’s Emergency Preparedness Committee. He is a nationally recognized expert on USNG implementation and leading advocate for USNG adoption by the Emergency Services Sector.  During Hurricanes Katrina, Ophelia, Rita and Wilma in 2005, he served as the senior Department of Defense (DoD) Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer at the Pentagon.

BJ Kohlstedt | USNG Instructor

BJ Kohlstedt became involved with SharedGeo’s Emergency Location Marker (ELM) development in 2010 through her role as the Emergency Management Director for Lake County, MN. Serving for 18 years on the Sheriff’s Rescue Squad, she understood the need for accurate geolocation when responding to those lost or injured in Lake County’s 3,000 square miles of woods and waters. With degrees in Education and Biology, and practice in Incident Management, she is not a GIS professional, but a user and promoter of US National Grid. In 2020, BJ was awarded the Minnesota Emergency Management Director of the Year Award by the Association Minnesota Emergency Managers. BJ likes playing in the woods and knowing where she is.

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