2018 CIO Summit Featured Speakers

Teri Takai

Executive Director,Center for Digital Government

Teri Takai is the Executive Director of the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. She worked for Ford Motor Company for 30 years in global application development and information technology strategic planning. From Ford, she moved to EDS in support of General Motors. A long-time interest in public service led her to the government sector, first as CIO of the State of Michigan, then as CIO of the State of California, and subsequently the CIO of the U.S. Department of Defense, the first woman appointed to this role. She then served as the CIO for Meridian Health Plan. She is a member of the FirstNet Board and several industry advisory boards. Teri has won numerous awards including Governing Magazine’s Public Official of the Year, CIO Magazine’s CIO Hall of Fame, Government Technology Magazine’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers, the Women in Defense Excellence in Leadership Award, and the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.

Stephen Goldsmith

Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and the Director of the Innovations in American Government Program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Stephen Goldsmith is the Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and the Director of the Innovations in American Government Program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He previously served as Deputy Mayor of New York where he started the country’s first data analytics unit and Mayor of Indianapolis, where he earned a reputation as one of the country's leaders in public-private partnerships Stephen recently co-authored The Responsive City, and has written The Power of Social Innovation; Governing by Network: The New Shape of the Public Sector; and The Twenty-First Century City: Resurrecting Urban America. He currently provides advice to cities, states and non-profits on the strategic use of data analytics as well as advising technology companies on how to utilize the data in their products to provide better solutions to cities and states. He writes on applied use of technology to drive innovation for Government Technology and Governing magazines.

Jack Dangermond

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

Chris Cappelli

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.

Christian Carlson

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.

Christie Pleiss

Manager, Services Programs, Esri

Christie manages Esri’s Services Programs Department, which includes business and delivery management of the Esri Enterprise Advantage Program (EEAP), Business Partner Advantage Program and technical & business consulting programs. She also supports cross-cutting organizational initiatives including location strategy and customer & partner enablement. Christie has been with Esri for over 16 years in a variety of roles ranging from solution product development, implementation services & technical advocacy for Esri partners. In more recent years, she established and evolved Esri’s Technical Advisor practice and led the growth of the EEAP as Program Manager. Prior to Esri, Christie worked as a Remote Sensing/GIS Specialist at the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center in Boulder, Colorado. Christie holds a BA in Geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Brenda Wolfe

Product Manager for Community Analyst, Esri

Brenda Wolfe serves as product manager for Esri Community Analyst where she is responsible for understanding customer needs and researching market requirements. She also works closely with software development and user interface design teams to prioritize requirements and ensure the software is meeting customers’ needs. Prior to joining ESRI in 2007, Brenda was a product manager at SAS Institute, Inc. for eight years. There she was responsible for advancing SAS forecasting, econometrics, and demand planning software products. Brenda has a bachelor’s degree in Statistics and Economics, and a master’s degree in Applied Economics.

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