During the GEOINT 2013* Symposium, USGIF’s first chairman of the board, Stu Shea, announced he was stepping down from the Foundation. One of the founders of USGIF, Shea was also the Foundation’s first president and CEO.
The vision shared by Shea and others in the Community helped create USGIF and steer its direction during the organization’s first decade. Shea poured his personal energy and dedication into the Foundation during its formative years, and his leadership has brought together a wide variety of Intelligence Community experts on USGIF’s volunteer Board of Directors. In May, Shea was recognized by the Washington Business Journal with a 2014 Outstanding Director Award for his decade of dedication to the GEOINT Community.
The Honorable Jeffrey K. Harris was elected Shea’s successor by the USGIF Board of Directors and assumed duties April 15. Former director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and undersecretary of the Air Force, Harris has contributed to U.S. national security in both government and industry for 35 years.
In 2014, the Foundation celebrates its 10th anniversary and recently marked its 10th GEOINT Symposium. The organization is going strong into its next decade with new initiatives, while not losing sight of the original trajectory set by Shea.