Azavea Founder & CEO
Robert Cheetham is the founder and CEO of Azavea, a B Corporation that applies geospatial technology for civic impact while advancing the state-of-the-art through research. Azavea create software tools for climate change, watersheds, urban ecosystems, elections, transit, public safety and human services. The firm’s public service mission and research focus are at the heart of its work, including the Summer of Maps program, the OpenDataPhilly project, R&D partnerships with universities and donating a portion of its profits to charitable organizations.
Prior to founding Azavea, he served as a software developer and GIS analyst for the University of Pennsylvania, the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Police Department and as a civil servant in Japan. He has an MLA in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Japanese Studies from the University of Michigan.