Compton serves as Indiana’s Geographic Information Officer, appointed by Gov. Eric J. Holcomb in April of 2018. In this role, Compton leads the Indiana Geographic Information Office and provides strategic oversight of the State’s GIS technology portfolio, as well as leadership on GIS governance for the State of Indiana.
Compton has more than 13 years of GIS experience, including data integration, coordination, and the application of GIS in research, training and public safety disciplines. Through Compton’s significant experience in planning, coordinating, and integrating, she leads the state on a wide range of projects and activities, including:
- Successful statewide data sharing with all Indiana counties
- Outstanding NSGIC 2019 Geospatial Maturity Assessment
Compton has been involved with GIS projects and applications since earning her MPA from Indiana University in 2008. She later joined IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs as Associate Faculty, instructing students on mapping and analysis for public safety. Compton served as President of the Indiana Geographic Information Council (IGIC) in 2017 and an IGIC Board member (2014-2018) and is the co-chair of Indiana Government Women in Technology (GWIT). On a national level, Compton is the Indiana delegate to the National State’s Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) where she was elected to serve as Director on the Board in 2020. She also supports GeoWomen in Leadership by serving on the steering committee. Compton is also a Certified Law Enforcement Instructor.
When not in front of a computer or teaching a class, Compton enjoys running, on and off-road cycling and adventures with her family.