George Dailey is a demographer and rural sociologist by training and an educator and information
specialist by trade.
Since late 1993, George has been part of Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) of
Redlands, California, as a member of ESRI’s Education Program team. ESRI is a world leader in the
development and delivery of GIS (geographic information system) technology and solutions, and the
company has had a long-standing commitment to GIS education. Within ESRI, George and several
colleagues are working to bring GIS technology into K-16 education and areas of public access and
informal education in an effort to bolster such things as critical thinking, spatial literacy,
interdisciplinary learning, community involvement, and workforce development.
Prior to coming to ESRI, George was in the public sector. At the US Census Bureau in Washington,
DC (1985-1993), he created and coordinated the agency’s K-12 education program, worked on the
1990 census, and helped data users around the country learn about and use a broad range of census
and other federal information. Before his tenure at the Bureau, he was City Demographer for the
City of Oklahoma City (1979-1984) working on numerous governmental, business, and citizen data
He holds an MS in Rural Sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a BA in
environmental studies and sociology from the University of Illinois-Springfield. He lives in Dallas,
Texas with his wife, Kate (school principal and early GIS education adopter, www.bdhs.org/gis),
and their three cats.