Gary D Latzke


Gary Latzke is the Geographic Information Officer (GIO) for the USGS Upper Midwest Water Science Center.  His interests include, cartographic communication, information management, information delivery systems, high performing team building and management, and shared services design. Gary established the Web Informatics and Mapping program which develops web-based tools that support USGS science and other federal science initiatives. WIM's projects range from full-featured database applications to limited-scope data visualizations.  In his position as GIO, Gary serves as a member of the Senior Management Team for the Upper Midwest Water Science center and oversees the Innovation and Technology lab.

Gary also serves as the Program Manager for the Geospatial Platform cloud Services Program, which supports cloud hosting infrastructures for all federal state and local government for GIS application, data, and services. Responsibilities include on-boarding, education and training for cloud systems, ongoing operational support to customers, and vendor and contract management. The position is part of the Department of Interior, Office of the Chief Information Officer reporting to the DOI Geographic Information Officer. 


B.S. 1984 Cartography, Northern Illinois University


  • Cartographer USGS 1989 to 1994
  • Supervisory Cartographer 1994 to 2008
  • Founder of USGS's Web Informatics and Mapping 2009 to present
  • DOI Geoplatform Cloud Services Manager 2012 to present
  • GIO Upper Midwest Water Science Center 2017 to present