Ginny Mason

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QUALIFICATIONS SUMMARY

  • Master’s degree in Geography with emphases in GIS and cartographic design
  • Over 15 years experience in cartographic and GIS project management, working in a deadline and creative oriented work environment
  • Ability to mine complex and technical datasets and prepare for cartographic presentation
  • Recipient of many national and international awards for cartographic and information design
  • Knowledge of and experience in implementing advanced geoprocessing operations using ESRI ArcGIS
  • Experience with budgeting and financial management in publishing industry

EDUCATION

Master of Science, Geography, May 2002;  University of Wisconsin – Madison, Department of Geography, Madison, WI

Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Management Information Systems, May 1993; The American University, Kogod School of Business, Washington, DC

EMPLOYMENT

Senior Graphics Editor – Maps, December 2007 – present     National Geographic Magazine, 1145 17th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036 

  • Develop concepts, design, research, and produce original cartographic content in multiple mediums: mobile, web and print for National Geographic Magazine (monthly) and NG News (daily)
  • Compile and analyze spatial data to determine patterns and significance in order to show a unique perspective related to feature content, and a cohesive graphical narrative
  • Manage and oversee feature story projects from conception to completion with freelance contractors, artists and cartographers, researchers, text editors, writers, photo editors, production personnel, and interns
  • Served as content co-lead for the Magazine's environment beat, with the responsibility of determining best stories for NGM content
  • Consult and collaborate with academic and scientific specialists to determine editorial direction
  • Create and manage financial budgets 

Cartographer, June 2003 – December 2007    The Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division, 101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20540

  • Managed the Congressional Cartography Program and served as agency point of contact for GIS and cartographic interests
  • Designed and implemented cartographic or geographic projects, operations, and studies in support of Members of Congress and staff, Committees, and Congressional Research Service initiatives
  • Provided direction for geospatial data acquisition policy and cartographic content in Congressional Research Service publications
  • Gave oral briefings on GIS services to Congressional staff and Library stakeholders; Created printed and digital static maps for House and Senate floor testimony and digital maps for Congressional websites
  • Investigated and recommended modifications and enhancements to existing GIS, cartographic, and geographic methodology, tools, and equipment to improve quality and effectiveness of Library of Congress products, projects and services
  • Served on the LC strategic planning committee for the Library's data services

 Cartographer, February 2003 – June 2003     The Nature Conservancy, 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203

  • Designed and distributed standard maps, map symbols, and templates for Conservancy staff; distributed ESRI software to GIS managers, analysts, and specialists for the Conservancy worldwide

Full-time graduate student, January 2000 – May 2002      University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Geography, Science Hall, 550 Park Street, Madison, WI 53706

  • Graduate Assistantships: GIS Distance Education Project; Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Cartography; Wisconsin State Cartographer’s Office

Publications Specialist, March 1998 – August 1999     American Psychological Association, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

  • Provided statistical and substantive analysis of trends in member subscriptions, quarterly inventory reports, and the quality of abstract records
  • Managed the technical production of 8 academic publications

Mailing Coordinator, May 1995 – September 1996;   Mailing and Distribution Analyst (promotion), September 1996 – September 1997

U.S. News and World Report, 450 W 33rd St Fl 11, New York, NY 10001

  • Served as primary contact with the USPS to ensure that U.S. News and World Report prepared and entered mail for efficient handling by evaluating postal operations, transportation networks, and delivery time requirements
  • Overhauled the structure of delivery statistics reports, through the design of delivery performance maps and other graphic aids, thus improving USPS responsiveness. 

Operations Analyst, April 1994 – May 1995     U.S. News and World Report, 450 W 33rd St Fl 11, New York, NY 10001

  • Analyzed a billion-dollar annual manufacturing and distribution budget and accounted for significant variances on a monthly and quarterly basis
  • Reviewed contract pricing to ensure competitiveness and make recommendations for improved pricing

INDUSTRY SPECIFIC SOFTWARE SKILLS 

  • Mastered proficiency: ESRI Products: ArcGIS Desktop 10.x; 3D, Spatial, and Geostatistical Analyst and Model Builder
  • Mastered proficiency: Adobe CS: Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign; familiarity with Adobe tools for interactive graphics and maps
  • Proficiency: Natural Scene Designer; Terrain Bender
  • Some proficiency: 3DS Studio Max and Adobe After Effects
  • Familiarity: ArcSDE; Avenza MapPublisher; HTML
  • Learning: Javascript

TRAINING

  • ESRI In-classroom Training: Advanced Analysis in ArcGIS, Geodatabase Design Concepts, ArcSDE Administration for Oracle, Administration and Configuration for PLTS Atlas
  • HTML, CSS, and Javascript, ongoing
  • D3 (Data Driven Documents), Summer 2014
  • Adobe After Effects, Fall 2014
  • Autodesk 3DS Max (modeling and 3D rendering), Fall 2014

MEMBERSHIPS AND LEADERSHIP

  • North American Cartographic Information Society Atlas of Design, Assistant Editor for Volume 3, 2015-2016
  • North American Cartographic Information Society; Director, Term 2006 – 2011; Secretary, Term 2009 - 2011
  • American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, Cartography and Geographic Information Science; Judge, ACSM Map Design Competition 2004 – 2007
  • Washington Map Society; Membership Chair, Term 2005-2007; Director, Term 2005 – 2009
  • Association of American Geographers

SELECTED BOOKS AND COMPILATIONS

  • "Vanishing Languages" in Understanding the World: The Atlas of Infographics. Julius Wiedermann, editor. Taschen, 2014.
  • “Perilous Journeys” in The Best American Infographics 2014. Gareth Cook, editor. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 2014. 
  • “Defining an Empire” in A Map of the World: The World According to Illustrators and Storytellers. Antonis Antoniou, R. Klanten, S. Ehmann, H. Hellige, editors. Gestalten, January 2013.
  • Wheel of Fortune: The Battle for Oil and Power in Russia. Thane Gustafson. Harvard University Press, 2012. Three maps for the book.
  • The Quest: Energy, Security and the Remaking of the Modern World. Daniel Yergin. The Penguin Press, 2011. Ten maps for the book.
  • “U.S. Change in Unemployment.” In Designed Maps, A Sourcebook for GIS Users, Cynthia A. Brewer, ESRI Press 2008.
  • Mapping for Congress, Supporting Public Policy with the Congressional Cartography Program, Library of Congress. ESRI Press, 2006.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

  • Visual Storytelling at National Geographic, NACIS, October 2014
  • Keynote speaker for New Mexico Geographic Information Council Annual meeting, May 2014
  • Mapping the North Dakota Oil Boom, NACIS, October 2013
  • Malofiej 20: Society for News Design, Pamplona, Spain; Selected Jury member; Cartography at National Geographic Magazine, March 2012
  • Mapping the Paris Underground. NACIS, October 1010
  • Data Needs and Requirements of the Congressional Cartography Program. National States Geographic Information Council, Congressional Breakfast. March 2006