Shelby Johnson Biography

Shelby Johnson
State Geographic Information Officer, Arkansas Geographic Information Systems

Shelby Johnson

Shelby is a native of Madison County, Arkansas and serves as the State Geographic Information Officer of Arkansas. He directs the Arkansas GIS Office. He previously worked as a Research Specialist at the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies at the University of Arkansas. He has over 25 years of experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

He has served several leadership roles in Arkansas and was instrumental in organizing the State Land Information Board which was later renamed the State GIS Board. Shelby is responsible for assisting the State GIS Board in building a coordinated GIS system to meet the needs of the people of Arkansas.

Shelby has been nationally recognized through serving on the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) Board of Directors from 2001 to 2005. In 2001 he was selected to participate in the prestigious LeadAR program that grooms outstanding adults in Arkansas for future leadership roles. He was selected to serve on a research committee of the National Academy of Science developing a national vision for a landownership database of the United States. In 2007 he was honored with a Life Time Achievement Award by the Arkansas GIS Users Forum for his contribution to the GIS community, and in 2014 Shelby was elected as the NSGIC President. In 2019 he was appointed to the Arkansas 911 Board.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from the University of Arkansas.