Jill Saligoe-Simmel, Ph.D.

Jill Saligoe-Simmel is a professional geographer passionate about working on projects that further vibrant, healthy, and sustainable communities.

Principal consultant of Saligoe-Simmel LLC, Jill provides thought leadership, strategic planning, and project management at the intersection of geospatial and urban & regional planning, active transportation, emergency management, and water resources. Her work empowers understanding of issues using spatial analysis, data, and technology. Jill is a 20+ year champion for open data and leader of state and nationwide geospatial coordination initiatives. She is an educator who enables people using GIS data and technology. Frustrated by a lack of geodesign tools, in 2008, she co-founded Mapdiva, LLC, makers of Ortelius map design software for macOS.

Jill understands that decision-making in our rapidly changing world requires strong visual communications and a data-driven approach.