2016 CIO Summit Featured Speakers
Chief Information Officer, California Governor's Office
Carla Simmons is the Chief Information Officer for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. Prior to Cal OES, Carla served as Application Services Manager for the California Highway Patrol, and as an application developer and project manager for the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Before joining state service, Carla worked as an independent consultant in private industry providing services in project management, systems integration, application development, deployment, and implementation along with staff development.
John M. Bertsch
Director of Public Safety Emergency Management, Ironman Triathlon World Championships
John M. Bertsch is the Director of Public Safety Emergency Management for the Ironman Triathlon World Championships. An Ironman finisher himself in 2006, John graduated from the University of Las Vegas Nevada where he received a BA in Communications and Public Relations.
Beginning 2001, John was appointed as the Police Commissioner for Hawaii County Police Department and reappointed again in 2013. He is a licensed Fire Captain EMS/Firefighter II, a 20yr member of Department of Homeland Security-USCG Aux, Hawaii State Law Enforcement Officials Association, Federal Law Enforcement Foundation, Hawaii Fire Chiefs Association and the National Volunteer Firefighters Association. In 2012 John attended the FBI Citizen’s Academy. John is an advisor to the University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) and sits on the NCS4 Certified Sport Security Professional advisory panel, The Marathon Events Safety and Security Committee and the NCS4 Recognition Awards Committee. John is also a presenting author of the Best Practices for Safety and Security Open Air Endurance Events.
Bertsch is President of OnPoint Global, LLC a GIS based public safety event management start-up firm out of Kailua Kona, Hawaii.
Senior Technical Specialist and Program Director, International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
Cory Fleming writes about the use of data for improved local government service delivery and performance measurement. She served as editor for The GIS Guide for Local Government Officials (Esri 2005) and The GIS Guide for Elected Officials (Esri 2014). She currently directs the Esri-ICMA #LocalGov Technology Alliance and ICMA’s 311/CRM Consulting Services.
Chief Information Officer, Riverside County Information Technology, County of Riverside
Steve Reneker is the Chief Information Officer for the County of Riverside. Prior to Riverside County, he served under Mayor Eric Garcetti, as General Manager for the Information Technology Agency and Chief Technology Officer for the City of Los Angeles. Prior to LA, he served as Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) for the City of Riverside and Executive Director for SmartRiverside, a non-profit organization since 2005. Prior to Riverside he worked for Dell as a business Development Manager for their Public Safety and Criminal Justice vertical, and has worked in IT for over 30 years including CIO roles at the County of Riverside, City of Aurora in Colorado, and the Eastern Municipal Water District.
Founder and President, GovLoop.com
Steve Ressler is the Founder and President of GovLoop.com, the “Knowledge Network for Government” which connects and fosters collaboration among over 250,000+ members of the government community. On GovLoop, members learn and discuss best practices on key topics in governments through blogs, forums, free online trainings, and research guides.
Mr. Ressler is a 3rd generation public sector leader and spent 6 years in roles at Social Security Administration, Department of Education, Department of Homeland Security Inspector General, and DHS Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. He is a 2015 Presidential Leadership Scholar, has won the 2010 GovTech Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers Award, as well as the 2007 and 2009 Federal 100 Award. Additionally, he has been featured in many publications and conferences including the Washington Post, Harvard Kennedy School, World Economic Forum, Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Huffington Post, among others.
Mr. Ressler is also the co-founder of Young Government Leaders (YGL), a professional organization of over 9,000 government employees across 12 local chapters in the U.S. He is a Master's graduate from the University of Pennsylvania where he received the Department of Homeland Security Fellowship. Outside of work, he spends his time with his wife, his sons, and two cats.
Founder and President, Esri
Jack Dangermond is the founder and president of Esri, the world's sixth-largest privately held software company. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Redlands, California, Esri is widely recognized as the technical and market leader in geographic information systems, or GIS, pioneering innovative solutions for working with spatial data.
Esri has more than one million users in over 350,000 organizations representing government; nongovernmental organizations (NGOs); academia; and industries such as utilities, health care, transportation, telecommunications, homeland security, retail, and agriculture.
Dangermond is recognized not only as a pioneer in spatial analysis methods but also as one of the most influential people in GIS. He actively manages Esri and is closely connected to projects, clients, and company vision. He takes a leadership role in national and global initiatives to facilitate standards for data access and sharing across agencies and organizations. He is personally committed to applying GIS methods for environmental stewardship and sustainable communities.
Dangermond is the recipient of numerous fellowships, honorary degrees, and awards. He has authored hundreds of papers on GIS in such diverse fields as photogrammetry, computer science, planning, environmental science, and cartography. He delivers keynote addresses at meetings and conferences around the globe.
Dangermond's current work is focused on helping organizations deploy spatial data in enterprise environments, web-based services, and mobile computing systems as well as enhancing applications, models, and tools that can be used for optimized routing, intelligent site selection, crime and disease analysis, location-based services, infrastructure management, public safety, and homeland security.
- MS (Landscape Architecture), Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Massachusetts, 1969
- M.Arch. (Emphasis: Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning), Institute of Technology, University of Minnesota, 1968
- BS (Landscape Architecture), California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 1967
Director of Education, Esri
David DiBiase leads Esri’s education outreach team. The team promotes and supports GIS use by educators, students, and campus administrators at thousands of higher education institutions, schools, museums and libraries worldwide. Before joining Esri in 2011, David taught cartography and geographic information science at the Pennsylvania State University for 22 years. His research and service focused on the professionalization of the GIS field. He helped design the criteria by which the GIS Certification Institute has awarded its "GIS Professional" credential to over 6,000 practitioners, and served as GISCI president from 2010-11. As chairperson of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science’s (UCGIS) Education Committee, David led the effort to complete the first edition of the GIS&T Body of Knowledge. He also facilitated and edited the U.S. Department of Labor's Geospatial Technology Competency Model. David led the NSF-funded GIS Professional Ethics project, and still teaches professional ethics part-time. He was the UCGIS Educator of the Year in 2005, and earned the Urban and Regional Information Systems’ (URISA) Horwood Distinguished Service Award in 2012.
Developer Outreach Manager, Esri
Jim Barry has been with Esri for 20 years and is currently responsible for strategy and activities related to developer community support and outreach. His passion and mission is to expose the power of the ArcGIS platform to developers around the globe, so that they can deliver the capabilities of GIS to their end-users in a fast, solid, and flexible way. Jim previously served as a US Army infantry officer and holds an M.S. in Geography from Central Connecticut State University and a B.A. from Rutgers University.
Corporate Director, Esri
As corporate director at Esri, Chris Cappelli is responsible for global sales and business development. He is a geographer with a strong passion for computers and information technologies. He takes great pride in working with people to define, build, and deploy practical and sound business solutions applying geographic science and GIS technologies. Cappelli has worked at Esri for more than two decades and possesses deep technical knowledge of the ArcGIS platform.
Director of State and Government Sales, Esri
Christian Carlson has been with Esri for 17 years and currently serves as the director of state and local government sales. He has degrees in economics and geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Senior Project Manager, Esri
Ismael Chivite was born in Cintruenigo, a small town in Northern Spain, but he generally will tell you that he was born in Pamplona which is just close enough to be somewhat accurate, and much easier to pronounce. He soon found more fascination on maps than running the bulls, and moved to the big city. He received a Bachelor of Science in Geography by the Complutense University in Madrid and joined Esri in 1998.
Ismael has worked on innumerable GIS projects ranging from the most mundane to the most exotic (using GIS to find landing sites in Mars). Ismael, now dad of a six year old, works as Senior Product Manager in Esri with a focus on ArcGIS apps.
Chief Technology Officer, Esri
Art Haddad is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Esri in the area of Location Analytics. He has worked in the computer industry for over 30 years with 20 years dedicated to the field of GIS. Art is a Computer Scientist with a strong passion for GIS and all technologies. With over 30 years in the Computer industry, he has worked at Esri for more than 20 years and has a deep technical knowledge of the ArcGIS platform. He takes great pride in working with people to define, build, and deploy practical and sound business solutions applying geographic science and GIS technologies.
Product Marketing Manager, Esri
Richard has worked in Esri’s Product Marketing department for 8 years where he markets ArcGIS Content and Esri’s open technology. Richard is the developer of the open source Esri Geoportal Server LiveDVD. He has also been President of Esri’s Toastmasters club. Richard’s background includes an MBA from Rollins College, a Geology degree from Florida Atlantic University, and researching water quality in the Everglades at the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
Technical Advisor of Enterprise Advantage Program, Esri
Christine White is an Esri Enterprise Advangate Program Technical Advisor, providing technical advice, vision, and advocacy for Esri partners and user organizations in the program. She has managed several spatial data infrastructure-related projects and presented on data formats, interoperability, and open sharing on numerous occasions.
Ms. White also represents Esri to the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), a group of diverse organizations who collaborate on information science sharing and community building to solve challenges in the earth science space. She serves as their current Vice President.