Executive Mosaic is honored to announce Letitia “Tish” Long, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, as the latest government official to be inducted into the Washington 100, the premier group of leaders who execute strategic vision and create value for the American public at the intersection of the public and private sectors.
The 36-year public service veteran is regarded by many in government and industry as a trailblazer due to her distinction of being the first-ever woman to lead a major agency in the U.S. intelligence community.
NGA’s workforce is headquartered in Springfield, Va., and has two major locations in St. Louis and Arnold, Mo.
Long has served as director for three-and-a-half-years. She joined NGA following a four-year term as deputy directorfor the Defense Intelligence Agency, and prior to that, the agency’s first chief information officer.
Upon her arrival at NGA, she took responsibility for the approximately 14,500 government civilians, military members and contractors and sought to continue the agency’s push for new ways to use geospatial intelligence through integrating multiple sources and technologies.
“NGA needs a diverse, agile workforce of world-class experts in geomatics, emerging technologies and advanced analytic techniques,” Long told GovCon Exec.
NGA works with international partners in military and humanitarian operations across the globe. Examples include the typhoon in the Philippines; the natural and nuclear disasters in Japan; and coalition operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.
Much like its counterpart organizations in the private sector, NGA is aggressively pursuing the next generation of workers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and cultivating that talent to become future innovators, or even potential leaders like Long herself.
“If we are going to keep up with the rest of the world we need the expertise that can design and develop the next smartphone, the next geospatial information system and the next set of algorithms,” Long added.