Breece Robertson

Vice President and Director of Planning and GIS

Breece Robertson is Vice President and Director of Planning and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for The Trust for Public Land. Robertson joined The Trust for Public land in 2001 to create a comprehensive, coordinated planning and GIS program for the national land conservation organization. Today she provides leadership for the trust's Enterprise GIS program that is the leading provider of "Land for People" science in the country.

The Planning and GIS programs work on projects ranging from city and county open space plans to multi-jurisdictional modeling efforts that cover a wide range of "Land for People" issues like park and recreation access, health disparities, making cities "climate-smart", protecting clean drinking water and connecting communities.

Esri, the world's leader in developing geographic information system (GIS) technology, has honored Robertson's GIS program for innovation in helping communities meet park and conservation goals multiple times. In 2006, The Trust for Public Land was awarded the Esri Special Achievement in GIS award and in 2012, the "Making a Difference" award – a prestigious presidential award. In both 2016 and 2017 Esri recognized story maps from the GIS team in the Conservation, Environment, and Sustainability Story map category.

Robertson regularly presents at conferences around the country and is featured in and has authored many publications. She was the Keynote speaker at the GeoDesign Summit (2018) and has been a Conservation Strategies course speaker at the Yale School of Forestry since 2013 among many others. In 2011, she received a Planning and Urban Form Research Fellowship from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Prior to working at The Trust for Public Land Robertson was an Instructor and Course Developer for AllpointsGIS, Inc. where she developed and taught GIS software classes for local and federal government employees. She also worked to develop and implement projects focusing on sustainable rural economic development through the natural resource base as a Project Manager at Yadkin Pee-Dee Lakes Project.

Robertson continues to dedicate herself to the creation of healthy human and natural communities through conservation planning, Geographic Information Systems, education and collaborative partnerships.

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