Patricia Cummens is the Director of Government Strategy and Policy Solutions at Esri and provides guidance on state and national government initiatives and emerging policy issues. The digital divide has been an area of focus for her for some time. She works with executives including Governor's offices, the White House, and US congress, and has experience as GIS Director for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection after launching her career with State of Minnesota. Her skills bridge the gap between policy and technology, helping governments understand the value of geospatial data and GIS technology for efficient, smart government. In 2018, she was named a Top Woman in Tech, by StateScoop. She serves on the National Geospatial Advisory Committee, the National Governors' Association Smart States Advisory Board and has served as chair of both the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) and the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) corporate advisory councils.