John Brakebill



BS: Geography and Environmental Planning, Towson State University, 1988.

Professional Experience, Current Positions.

Supervisory Geographer

Supervise diverse team members with responsibility for the administrative, scientific, and technical direction and support of complex local, regional, and national multidisciplinary studies. Prepare and manage budgets between $1 and $3 million annually. Prepare and execute staff performance and career development plans, individual performance appraisals, and team capability assessments. Evaluate, propose, and develop scientific studies and cooperative agreements with federal, state, and local partners. As a Water Science Center (WSC) Leadership Team member, develop and administer overall water programs and WSC strategic vision, plans, goals, priorities, policies, and operations.

GIS Coordinator - National Water Quality Assessment Project (NAWQA)

Provide leadership, technical skills, and coordination for geospatial data and analysis activities supporting the USGS NAWQA project. Prepare technical workplans and assignments for nationally distributed staff members. Develop and analyze complex geospatial data. Evaluate and communicate routinely both orally and in writing geospatial needs and activities to a wide variety of personnel including USGS and NAWQA Leadership, USGS mission area coordinators, USGS Program leads, and other federal agency department heads.

Brief History

John has been with the U.S. Geological Survey in the Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Water Science Center, Baltimore, Maryland since January, 1988. He started his career as a technical illustrator. In 1991, John became a GIS/data base manager for the USGS National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA), evaluating the trends, conditions, and the natural and human conditions that affect water quality in the Potomac River watershed. In 1994, his work involved USGS Chesapeake Bay restoration activities, where he developed GIS applications and spatial data supporting regional and national water-quality surface-water transport models (SPARROW). 

Research / Professional Focus / Current Projects

John's current position with the USGS NAWQA project involves regular oral and written communications in a variety of formats for a wide range of audiences, developing technical workplans, providing and coordinating an overall vision for geospatial data and analysis activities supporting the mission of the NAWQA project in conjunction with the overall mission of the Water Quality Program. His current supervisory role within the WSC includes proposal and budget development, staff and project management, cooperator interactions, staff capability assessments, and providing a collaborative environment for personal and professional growth. As a member of the leadership staff within the WSC, he positively promotes tools and concepts for complex problem solving, vision and goal setting, team leadership, meeting and operational efficiencies, workforce and strategic planning.

Other Interest and activities

USGS Leadership Intensive facilitator.

Coaching youth recreational lacrosse, soccer, and softball (retired).

I enjoy family and friends, playing tennis, walking the dogs, grilling, and cheering for the Ravens and Orioles.