Ms. Cummens joined Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) in 1998 where she provides senior-level management and guidance on state and federal government initiatives.  Prior to that she spent 15 years in state government; serving as the GIS Director for the NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection for 11 years and 4 years with the State of Minnesota.  Ms. Cummens has been active in NASCIO for 7 years, and has also been active in several other professional organizations and committees including; US EPA’s National Advisory Committee on Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT), the National Governors’ Association IT Task Force and the National States Geographic Information Council.  She holds a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota.