I am a GIS practioner, educator, and champion. I use enterprise scale systems to perform powerful geospatial analyses, enable beautiful data visualizations, and empower users to share their insights.


  • Software: ArcGIS Enterprise, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, Microsoft Office
  • GIS Methods: Portal administration, Data engineering, Spatial analysis, Cartography
  • ArcGIS App Builders Experience Builder, Dashboards, StoryMaps, Instant Apps
  • Automation Languages: Python, Arcade, PowerShell, Bash, YAML
  • Automation Tools: Jupyter Notebooks, VS Code, Git, GitHub Actions
  • Environments: Windows, Linux, Virtualized, Azure Cloud, Docker, Kubernetes



Principal Technical Lead (2022 - Current)
Senior Instructor (2022)
Instructor (2020 - 2022)
  • Reduced cloud costs 70% for Kubernetes training by leading a migration to new infrastructure
  • Rated 4.8/5.0 by over 1,000 students in courses for ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Enterprise, and Python scripting
  • Engaged underrepresented students in GIS by co-leading the Esri mentoring initiative
  • Trained and mentored Esri colleagues to help them stay current on changing ArcGIS technologies
  • Led troubleshooting efforts in Esri's most complex ArcGIS Enterprise trainings
  • Designed and documented complex virtual machine builds for ArcGIS Enterprise
  • Authored spatial analysis courses for Esri Academy and Hands-on Learning Lab
  • Developed and delivered live training seminars to over 6,000 participants


Research Assistant (2019 - 2020)
  • Created the Transportation Happiness web app for the Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Created the Heat Vulnerability web app for the Minnesota Department of Health
  • Managed users, groups, and content as an administrator for the University of Minnesota's ArcGIS Online organization
  • Served as a GIS expert to support spatial research at the University of Minnesota
  • Awarded Esri Development Center Student of the Year
  • Twice awarded the U-Spatial Mapping Prize for best cartography

South St. Paul Public Schools

Teacher (2017 - 2018)
  • Increased enrollment in advanced classes for underrepresented students
  • Trained students to use ArcGIS Online to map human population and migration patterns

Minnesota Urban Debate League

Program Director (2015 - 2017)
Program Associate (2015)
  • Planned and executed over 50 events, involving hundreds of participants each
  • Increased program participation by 20% using a data-driven approach
  • Coordinated with a diverse group of stakeholders across Minnesota to overhaul curriculum
  • Mentored a cohort of 12 coaches

St. Paul Public Schools

Teacher (2006 - 2015)
Debate Coach (2014 - 2015 & 2017 - 2019)
  • Taught classes in Human Geography, History, Economics, and Government to a diverse student body
  • Trained students to use spatial analysis across multiple disciplines to understand immigration, trade, and urbanization
  • Twice recognized as MN Urban Debate League Teacher-Coach of the year


Master of Geographic Information Science

University of Minnesota (MN)

Master of Arts in Secondary Education

University of St. Thomas (MN)

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

Grinnell College (IA)


Community Involvement

  • Vice-chair, Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium K-12 Education Committee
  • Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium Workshop Committee member
  • Mapping Justice Volunteer
  • Code Switch Civic Hackathon
  • Treasurer, University of Minnesota GIS Student Organization
  • Girl Scout Troop Leader

Publications, Presentations, Workshops, and Seminars

  • Derek Nelson and Travis Ormsby. "Python Tips and Tricks for ArcGIS" . Esri Live Training Seminar (2024)
  • Travis Ormsby and Kevin Priestley. "ArcGIS Arcade Essentials" . Esri Live Training Seminar (2024)
  • Travis Ormsby. "I Got 968,039 Problems but a Dashboard Ain't One". Presented at the Minnesota GIS/LIS Workshops (Fall 2023)
  • Travis Ormsby. "OK, but like, what's a web service?". Presented at the Minnesota GIS/LIS Workshops (Spring & Fall 2023)
  • Travis Ormsby. "Introduction to Arcade Expressions". Presented at the Minnesota GIS/LIS Workshops (Spring & Fall 2022)
  • Travis Ormsby. "Introduction to Python for Geospatial Professionals". Presented at the Minnesota GIS/LIS Workshops (Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023)
  • Travis Ormsby and Zachary Vavra. "Notebooks! An Introduction to ArcGIS Notebooks". Presented at the Minnesota GIS/LIS Workshops (Spring 2021)
  • Brittany Krzyzanowski and Travis Ormsby. "Thinking Spatially" Presented at the Annual University of Minnesota Day of Data. (2020)
  • Travis Ormsby. "Choosing Fairness: Promoting Service Equity Analysis in Transit Planning". Presented at the Annual Center for Transportation Studies meeting, Minneapolis. (2019)
  • Bradley W. Russell and Travis Ormsby. "Settlement Patterns Outside of the City Wall of Mayapán, Yucatan, Mexico." Paper presented at the 69th Annual Meetings of the Society for American Archaeology, Montreal, Canada. (2004)
  • Travis Ormsby and Timothy S. Hare. "Within the Walls: Exploring Settlement Structure at Mayapan". Presented at the Annual Midwest Mesoamericanist Meeting, Ann Arbor. (2003)
  • Timothy S. Hare, Travis Ormsby, and C. Scott Speal. "GPS Mapping of Features within the Muralla" In Foundations of Economic Power of Mayapan: Mayapan Project—2002 Season, edited by Marilyn A. Masson, Carlos Peraza Lope and Timothy S. Hare. Institute of Mesoamerican Studies, SUNY-University at Albany. (2002)