2017 CIO Summit Featured Speakers

Jack Dangermond

Founder and President, Esri

Jack Dangermond

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.

Education

  • 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

Chris Cappelli

Corporate Director, Esri

Chris Cappelli

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.

Christian Carlson

Director of State and Government Sales, Esri

Christian Carlson

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.

Art Haddad

Chief Technology Officer, Esri

Art Haddad

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 as worked at Esri for more then 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.

Andrew Turner

Director and CTO of the Esri R&D Center, Washington, DC

Andrew Turner

Andrew Turner is the Director and CTO of the Esri R&D Center in Washington, DC developing new technology for open data sharing and geospatial web collaboration. His work enables over 5,000 governments to provide public digital infrastructure for citizen and community engagement. This includes global organizations such as World Resources Institute, World Bank, and NOAA, to Department of Homeland Security and many counties, cities, provinces, and local government.

Andrew was the CTO of GeoIQ, which was acquired by Esri in 2012. He is a member of the The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Geographic Sciences Committee, was recognized by GovTech as a Top 25 Doer & Driver of Government, and wrote the industry changing book “Introduction to Neogeography” and the “Trends in Where2.0” business report.

Andrew received his B.S in Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Virginia and a Masters in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech.”

Adam Mollenkopf

Real-Time & Big Data GIS Capability Lead, Esri

Adam Mollenkopf

Adam Mollenkopf is responsible for the strategic direction Esri takes towards enabling real-time & big data GIS capabilities in the ArcGIS platform. This includes having the ability to ingest real-time data streams from a wide variety of sources, performing continuous processing and analysis on real-time data as it is received, and disseminating analytic results to communities of interest.

He leads a team of experienced individuals in the area of geospatial and temporal stream processing. Prior to joining Esri, Adam worked as a Strategic Technologist at FedEx implementing a variety of critical real-time tracking systems.

He holds a BS in Computer Science, and a BBA in Management Information Systems from Southern Methodist University.

Joseph Peters

Solution Engineer, Esri Denver, CO

Joseph Peters

Joseph Peters is a Solution Engineer supporting local governments for Esri. He works in the Denver regional office. Joseph holds a B.S. in Environmental Science/Geology from the University of Vermont and a M.E. in GIS from the University of Colorado Denver.

Joseph has a special interest in bringing the value of GIS to all areas of an organization using the latest in web-based technology.

Jake Williams

Manager of Strategic Initiatives, StateScoop

Jake Williams

Jake Williams is the Manager of Strategic Initiatives for StateScoop, where he focuses on IT initiatives and policies across the state and local government community. As a reporter, Williams previously covered the federal government, including the White House, Congress and several cabinet-level departments. Williams has also covered the emerging technology beat focusing on the integration issues surrounding unmanned aircraft systems.

In addition to StateScoop and other Scoop News Group properties, Williams has had bylines published in The Huffington Post, Campaigns & Elections magazine, PoliticsPA.com and several local and regional newspapers in his native Pennsylvania. Williams graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in May 2014 with a major in journalism and a minor in political science.

When he isn’t reporting, Williams is probably reading the news, checking Twitter, drinking coffee and trying to think of how he can change the world. But mostly, he’s just drinking a lot of coffee. He is interested in the intersection of generations, politics and media. Williams lives in Washington, D.C.

Mark W. Taylor

Chief of Staff, Office of Mayor Robert Garcia, Long Beach, California

Mark Taylor

Mark W. Taylor serves as the Chief of Staff to Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. Mark brings more than 15 years of government leadership, strategic communications and public affairs experience to the role. As Chief of Staff, Mark has helped make significant accomplishments in the Mayor’s first term including:

  • Passage of Measures A & MA – the first two municipal sales tax increases adopted by Long Beach voters in a generation;
  • Creation of a $1 billion Public-Private-Partnership to rebuild the Civic Center with a new City Hall, Port Headquarters, Main Library and Lincoln Park in Downtown Long Beach; and
  • Securing a $3 million investment from Bloomberg Philanthropies for an Innovation Team to support economic development & public safety.

Prior to his role in the Mayor’s Office, Mark served Long Beach City College as the Director of College Advancement, Public Affairs, and Governmental Relations. Mark represented the college in Sacramento, Washington DC, and worked to support the success of LBCC students through innovative policies at the local and state levels. Mark led the effort to pass three pieces of legislation at LBCC, all of which were signed into law, including one to allow a pilot for community colleges to offer extension courses for the first time in state history. He also helped lead the development of the Long Beach College Promise partnership and the Promise Pathways initiative which have significantly increased college access and success for local students.

Mark is southern California native who graduated from Whitney High School, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Economics at Whittier College and a Master’s Degree in the History of American Civilization at Brandeis University. He and his family live in downtown Long Beach.

Kim Nelson

Executive Director, U.S. Public Sector’s State and Local Government Solutions

Kim Nelson

After 26 years in state and federal government, Kimberly Nelson joined Microsoft Corporation in 2006 and now serves as Executive Director of the U.S. Public Sector’s State and Local Government Solutions team. In this capacity she leads a team covering Justice and Public Safety, Health and Human Services and Modern Government.

Her role also includes serving as the U.S. CityNext Lead and working in collaboration with Microsoft’s vast partner ecosystem to develop repeatable solutions that will ensure the predictable delivery of improved online services while helping to reduce the cost, risk and deployment time associated with sophisticated systems.

Lia Lazar

Global Partnerships, Waze Connected Citizens Program

Lia Lazar

Lia leads global partnerships for the Waze Connected Citizens Program, a free, two-way data exchange between Waze and government partners around the world.

Prior to Waze, Lia invested in emerging market infrastructure projects with the International Finance Corporation and advised on M&A and capital market transactions as an investment banker with Citigroup.

She has a B.S. in Economics from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Alan Shark

Executive Director, Public Technology Institute(PTI)

Alan Shark

Dr. Alan Shark has been the Executive director of the Public Technology Institute (PTI) since 2004. His career has spanned over 30 years as a highly-recognized leader in public management field, with an emphasis on technology applications for business and government. He is an associate professor of practice at Rutgers University where he teaches a master’s level course on technology and public administration.

He is the author or editor for over 12 books including, Technology & Public Management, and 7 Trends That Will Transform Local Government Through Technology, and Executive Editor and author of the book CIO Leadership for Cities and Counties: Emerging Trends and Practices, and author and Executive Editor Smarter Cities for a Bright Sustainable Future – A Global Perspective.

Dr. Shark has been instrumental in developing one of the first national certification programs for local government CIOs that PTI is offering in partnership with Rutgers University’s School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA).

Dr. Shark was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and received a doctorate in public administration from the University of Southern California.

Cory Fleming

Senior Technical Specialist/Program Director, ICMA

Cory Fleming

Cory Fleming has written about the use of data for improved local government service delivery and performance measurement in various capacities. She currently directs the #LocalGov Technology Alliance, an initiative started with Esri, the premiere geographic information system (GIS) software solution, to explore the world of big data, open data, apps and dashboards, and what it all means for local governments.

She served as the editor of The GIS Guide for Local Government Officials, a joint publication produced by Esri and ICMA released in 2005. A subsequent joint publication, The GIS Guide for Elected Officials, was released by Esri Press in January 2014.

Doug Robinson

Executive Director, NASCIO

Doug Robinson

Doug Robinson has served as Executive Director of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) since 2004. Founded in 1969, NASCIO is the only national organization representing state chief information officers of the fifty states and territories. Doug is responsible for the overall executive leadership of the association including strategic plan and policy execution, government affairs, strategic alliances, emerging issues and board and committee oversight. He also provides strategic direction for NASCIO’s initiatives and advocacy positions on issues such as cybersecurity, enterprise architecture, IT governance, information sharing and business innovation.

Doug is a frequent speaker, panelist, author and recognized national expert representing state CIOs, policy issues, priorities and trends in state government IT. In addition, he represents NASCIO on several national councils, boards and advisory committees. Notably, he is a longstanding member of the Executive Council for Information and Technology Management of the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Among his recognitions, Doug recently received the Advocacy for Archives award presented by the Council of State Archivists. In 2012, he was elected as a Fellow of the prestigious National Academy of Public Administration. In 2006, he was named to Government Technology magazine’s top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers in public sector information technology.

His career spans over thirty-eight years in public sector information technology including positions in state government, higher education and IT consulting. Prior to joining NASCIO he served as Executive Director in the Governor's Office for Technology, Commonwealth of Kentucky. As a senior IT executive in the state CIO office, he led IT strategic planning, enterprise architecture, policy and research initiatives for state government. Specific areas of responsibility included developing and advancing the enterprise architecture, digital government, security policy, privacy issues and emerging technologies. During this tenure, he served as the lead executive for numerous enterprise IT initiatives, projects and business process improvement efforts.

His previous leadership positions in state government include Executive Director of the Kentucky Information Resources Management Commission and Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Geographic Information. For fifteen years, he served in a university public service and technical assistance role with NASA's Technology Applications Center at the University of Kentucky.

Stu Davis

CIO, State of Ohio

Stu Davis

Stu Davis currently serves as the State Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Assistant Director for the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS), Office of Information Technology (OIT). Stu has a varied background in IT leadership and management, including infrastructure, enterprise shared services, and spatial technologies. Prior to his appointment as State CIO, Stu served as the State Chief Operating Officer and deputy director of the Infrastructure Services Division within DAS/OIT.

As the State Chief Information Officer, Stu leads, oversees and directs over a $1 billion IT spend for 26 state agencies and over 80 boards and commissions. As Assistant Director of DAS, Stu oversees the Office of Information Technology (OIT) which delivers statewide information technology and telecommunication services to state government agencies, boards and commissions as well as manages IT procurement, policy and standards development, lifecycle investment planning and privacy and security management.

Stu serves as Chair of the Multi-Agency Radio Communications System (MARCS) Steering Committee that supports voice and data communications for statewide public safety and emergency management. He also chairs the Ohio Geographically Referenced Information Program (OGRIP) Council that provides geographic information systems (GIS) coordination across the state between all levels of government and chairs the Emergency Services IP Network (ESINet) Steering Committee that focuses on Ohio’s Next Generation 911 solution.

Stu is a 16 year member and past president of the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC). He is a 6+ year member and past president of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). Stu has served in various NASCIO leadership roles and was recently honored with NASCIO’s Meritorious Service Award. Stu has also been recognized through Government Technology's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers and State Scoop’s State Executive of the Year awards for 2014.

Stu’s career spans 37 years focused on state and local government with 12 years of hands on experience in local government, 20 years in state government and 5 years in the private sector consulting to state and local government on IT/GIS initiatives.

Alan Howze

Chief Knowledge Officer, Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS

Alan Howze

Alan Howze is working to advance innovation, open government, and operational improvement as the Chief Knowledge Officer of the Unified Government.

As CKO, Alan leads the Information Technology, 311 Call Center, and Geospatial Services, and is standing up two new Divisions - a Data and Performance group and an Innovation Group. Working across teams, the Knowledge Department brings together analytic and data management capabilities to make a smarter government. He also works across Unified Government departments to implement an open data plan that makes meaningful data available to the public and that helps residents, businesses, and nonprofit organizations address community challenges. He is also focused on using data to create greater efficiencies, improve employee satisfaction, deliver improved services.

Prior to joining the Unified Government, Alan was a Fellow with the IBM Center for the Business of Government where he focused on research designed to promote effective government management at the Federal, State and Local level.

Alan served as Communications Leader for the IBM Global Business Services North America Public Sector and Consulting Services business units. He worked directly with the Senior Leadership teams on communications strategy and execution. He is known for his ability to make high performing teams work even better through an open, collaborative and results driven approach.

Mr. Howze has helped federal, state, and local government clients use innovation to drive improved performance and lower costs, and supported development of strategic initiatives such as smarter cities, mobility, analytics, and cloud. He has contributed to thought leadership in innovation, performance management, benchmarking, and smarter government.

Anthony Myers

Solutions Engineer, Esri

Anthony Myers

Anthony Myers is a Solutions Engineer for the Esri Local Government team and is located in the Charlotte, NC office. Anthony has extensive experience in both Government and Private Sector focused on System Architecture Design, ArcGIS server, real-time data, mobile data acquisition, Database Management, and geoenabling organizations.

Anthony has certifications from Esri for System Design, Enterprise Geodatabase Management, Enterprise Administration, and ArcGIS Desktop. In addition to certifications Anthony is pursuing a Masters of Geospatial Information Science & Technology at North Carolina State University.

Mark Greninger

Chief Data Officer, County of Los Angeles

Mark Greninger

Mark Greninger is the Chief Data Officer for the County of Los Angeles.

He graduated from Stanford University in 1996, and became passionate about Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the value of data in general, especially the power of collaboration and sharing.

He began his career by building an Enterprise GIS System for the Environmental Protection Agency in San Francisco. After the EPA, he moved to Los Angeles County, where he became the County's first Geographic Information Officer, where he oversaw the development, governance, and activities of the County Enterprise GIS Program and Enterprise GIS infrastructure.

Since 2016, as the County’s Chief Data Officer, Mark’s goal is to facilitate countywide information sharing and management, support data driven decision making, and provide a 360 degree view of county residents. This will help ensure the County provides the right service at the right time to ensure the best outcomes for its residents.

Jim Ollerton

Jim Ollerton

Director of Information Technology, Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District

Mr. Ollerton is a highly accomplished, results oriented leader with deep experience in nearly every aspect of technology in water/wastewater. A critical thinker, offering a rare blend of technical and creative expertise and proven success in implementing and integrating IT systems across the utility enterprise.

Michele Ludeen

Michele Ludeen

Solutions Engineer, Esri

As an Esri Solution Engineer, Michele Lundeen helps local governments from Florida to Virginia utilize GIS analysis, maps, and apps for the benefit of their communities.

She has a Masters’ in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida.

On weekends, she’s often underwater - SCUBA diving near her home in North Palm Beach.

Colleen Miller

Chief Data Officer, City of Bend, OR

Colleen Miller

Colleen Miller recently became the City of Bend’s first Data Officer, demonstrating that even in a city of under 90,000 in the high desert of central Oregon, data is recognized as a valuable organizational asset.

Colleen has an extensive background in both GIS and information technology in the public sector, both at the state and local level. She served as the City of Bend’s first GIS coordinator from 2007 to 2014 before broadening her scope to manage the City’s IT Applications and Data team.

In her newest role, Colleen is bridging the gap between business and technology through the effective use and management of data. She envisions having quality data and tools at the fingertips of both internal and external customers alike in order to make smart decisions that benefit her community.

John Thomas

Chief Performance Officer, DC Department of Transportation

John Thomas

John Thomas is the Chief Performance Officer for District Department of Transportation and is managing DDOT offices responsible for performance management, customer service, community engagement, information technology, and fleet, facilities, and warehouse services. The department has over 900 employees and overseas 65 square miles of transportation assets within District of Columbia. Mr. Thomas has more than 12 years’ experience managing operations and programs within the agency.

Since 2005, Mr. Thomas was the Associate Director for DDOT’s Urban Forestry Administration, which manages 140,000 street trees citywide, 11 miles of bike trails, low impact development sites and all street scape reviews. Mr. Thomas brings more than 20 years of experience in the field of plant science. He has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University. John has worked at the U.S. Botanic Garden, U.S. National Arboretum, Wave Hill, the Monrovia Nursery Company in Oregon and other public horticultural institutions.

Catherine Geanuracos

Chief Operating Officer, CityGrows

Catherine Geanuracos

Catherine Geanuracos builds community engagement through civic technology. She is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of CityGrows, a transparency-first workflow, forms, permitting, and open data platform for local governments. For many years her social impact marketing agency, New Economy Campaigns, provided digital strategy and campaign implementation to private and public sector clients, from cities to global retail and entertainment brands. While serving as a Commissioner for Innovation and Performance for the City of Los Angeles, she helped launch the city's first internal innovation fund; she has been a technology adviser to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti since he was a City Council member. She's used GIS-driven analysis to guide public health interventions at UCSF and political activities for national political campaigns. She has launched civic and public sector initiatives including Hack for LA, Silver Lake Forward, and CicLAvia. She received her undergraduate degree from Columbia Columbia, Columbia University, and her Master's in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.

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