Jon Breece was a graduate student pursuing dual master's degrees in library science and public administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In August 2009, Breece was named an “Educating Stewards of Public Information in the 21 st Century” (ESOPI-21) fellow as part of a new collaboration between the School of Information and Library Science and School of Government. Interested in geospatial analysis, he received the Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Sciences from the UNC Department of Geography in May 2010. Breece graduated from the University of Virginia in 2005 with a B.A. in English.