Featured Speakers

Nina D'Amato,

Chief of Staff, Department of Technology, City of San Francisco

Nina D’Amato is the Chief of Staff at the San Francisco Department of Technology, The San Francisco Department of Technology is an enterprise information and technology services organization that supports approximately 35,000 employees and 56 departments of the City and County of San Francisco. With an estimated operating budget of $120 million, the department’s portfolio includes the operations and maintenance of IT services essential for City operations through its management of City data centers, telecommunications, Fiber WAN, SFGovTV, cybersecurity, web services, public safety radio systems, application support for citywide services such as email and telephone services, and installation and maintenance of over 240 miles of underground fiber-more underground fiber than any city in the country or private sector organization. Nina directly oversees the Project Management Office, Geographic Information Systems group, and the applications team. She is responsible for strategic plan development, implementation, and performance of the department. She is a Lieutenant Colonel in US Marine Corps (Reserve) with combat service in Afghanistan and Iraq. Upon return from the conflict, she was selected as a Singularity University Fellow during the 2011 summer. Following Singularity, she served as a US Department of Defense Congressional Fellow with Senator Robert Casey of Pennsylvania where she managed a $100M defense appropriations portfolio; centered on research, development, testing, and evaluation of defense focused emerging technologies in defense. She serves on the Board of the San Francisco Fleet Week Association. In her spare time, she is completing her dissertation at UC Berkeley, focused on innovation and designing interventions that increase the capacity and technical fluency of the organization’s workforce. She lives in San Francisco, CA and is a native of Santa Rosa, graduating from Santa Rosa High School in 1991.

Jennifer Belissent, Ph.D

Principal Analyst, Forrester

Jennifer serves business insights professionals and their partners with research that examines the tools and services that help organizations better use and share data.

Jennifer is particularly interested in the data economy. Her research focuses on strategies for developing and delivering data products and services; the emergence of alternative data sources and marketplaces; and the rise of insights services providers to help companies leverage complex data and analytics technologies and methodologies. Jennifer is also interested in the role of data and technology in transforming government. She has written and spoken extensively on smart cities, spanning open data initiatives, citizen engagement, the internet of things, and connected urban infrastructure.

Jennifer's research and analysis have appeared in media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Time, Computer Weekly, and CIO Magazine. She has also published in numerous academic journals and spoken widely at academic and business events.

Therese Empie

Strategy Advisor, Governor’s Office, State of Michigan.

Therese Empie is a Strategy Advisor for Governor Rick Snyder focusing on 21st Century Infrastructure and Smart State policies. She has staffed Michigan’s 21st Century Infrastructure Commission, Asset Management Pilot, and is helping to create the Michigan Infrastructure Council which will look at coordinating infrastructure investment and planning statewide. Ms. Empie has a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan.

Cory Fleming

Senior Technical Specialist/Program Director, ICMA

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.

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.

James Killick

Global Partnership Manager, Maps, Apple

James is a global partnership manager on the Maps team, working to make finding and getting to your destination faster and easier thanever.

Tyler Kleykamp

Chief Data Officer, State of Connecticut

Tyler Kleykamp is the State of Connecticut’s Chief Data Officer, within the Office of Policy and Management (OPM); and is responsible for directing, managing, and overseeing staff and activities related to the collection, analysis, and dissemination of the State's enterprise information assets. In doing so, he leads the State’s efforts to use data to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of state programs and policies.

Tyler has previously served as Chair of the Connecticut Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) Council as well as the State GIS Coordinator. In addition, he has led numerous initiatives to improve data and information sharing including; emergency management and disaster response, transparency and accountability during the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; and land use and economic development activities.

In 2016, Tyler was the recipient of the U.S. Open Data Institutes’ “Open Data Pioneer” award and was named a “Data and IT Innovator” by the Atlantic Media Group’s Route Fifty.

Phillip Leclair

Chief Information Officer,City of Pasadena, California.

Phillip Leclair is the CIO for the City of Pasadena and is responsible for leading the City’s technology strategy and managing overall IT operations and customer service. His initiatives include improving service delivery through embracing effective and efficient use of technology, creating new online and mobile service delivery models, exploring City data as a strategic asset, and leading strategic initiatives to be flexible, adaptable and responsive to customer needs.

Prior to the City, Phillip held positions as a consultant for an IT Management and Strategy consulting firm and with the City of New York. He holds a BA degree in Economics from the University of California Berkeley and a MBA from New York University Stern School of Business.

David Maloney

Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development,National League of Cities (NLC)

David Maloney is the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development at the National League of Cities. In this capacity, David leads a comprehensive development program that collaborates with private sector partners and philanthropies, connecting NLC’s mission and programs to a broader audience. For the past 15 years, David has worked across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, as well as within many different cultures and environments. David received his BA from Pace University in New York City, and his MPA from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL.

Kim Nelson

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

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 of subject matter experts 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.

Prior to joining Microsoft Ms. Nelson served in management and executive roles at both the state and federal levels of government. Her last two government roles were Assistant Administrator of the Office of Environmental Information, US EPA and Executive Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Ms. Nelson has a Bachelor’s Degree in degree in Political Science (Shippensburg University) and a and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (University of Pennsylvania).

Nick O'Day

Chief Data Officer,City of Johns Creek, Georgia

Nick is the Chief Data Officer for the City of Johns Creek, Georgia and manages the open data and analytics strategy for the City, in addition to managing the GIS. Johns Creek is an Atlanta suburb of nearly 85,000 people, which affords Nick and his team the latitude to tackle big city initiatives and tailor them to a small city. Recently, Nick and his team have launched the first open data-powered Alexa skill, the first city open data portal in the region, and the first city smartphone app with push notifications in the region. In 2017, the team won a SAG award from Esri for their work on the City’s DataHub and GIS in general. Nick’s primary focus is on leveraging consumer apps, technologies, and public-private partnerships in ways that create understanding through data.

Prior to his work with Johns Creek, Nick worked as a GIS and IT consultant, with Fulton County government helping in their enterprise GIS deployment project, and with the University of Georgia in their Geospatial Technologies Laboratory with joint UGA-USDA environmental research projects.

Greg Smiley

Chief Information Officer, Florida Department of Transportation

Greg Smiley is the Chief Information Officer for the Florida Department of Transportation and is a technology leader in Florida’s public sector. Leveraging 300 staff members and a $50 million annual budget, he is responsible for the strategic direction and execution of the agency’s Information Technology initiatives.

Greg's career with the State of Florida began in 2006 where he was first hired by the Florida Department of Transportation as an entry level software developer. After multiple promotions and several years later, he moved on to the private sector to deliver solutions in digital media, finance, health care, and transportation. He then returned to the Florida Department of Transportation for a few more years and was named Chief Information Officer in January 2017.

Greg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from Florida State University. He has been spotlighted in various publications and his articles have been published in magazines such as Gov CIO Outlook and Logistics Tech Outlook. He is married to his college sweetheart, Tabitha, and together they have two daughters, Savannah and Emma.

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.

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

Tom Brennenman

Solution Engineer, Esri

Tom Brenneman is a Solution Engineer on Esri Transportation Practice. His focus is on making DOTs successful with spatial technology.

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.

Dan Henderson

Business Development Team Lead, Esri

Dan Henderson is Team Lead for local government in northern California and the Pacific Northwest for Esri. He has worked in and around the GIS profession for the majority of his 20+ year career. He holds a Bachelors in Geography from Oregon State University and a Masters in Geography from San Diego State University. He has worked for a variety of public, private and academic organizations and enjoys helping agencies transform how they do business through the power of geographic technology.

His interests outside of work include snowboarding, hiking, surfing, travel, and working on classic cars.

Lee Johnston Jr.

Western US Local Government Sales Manager, Esri

Lee is the Western US Local Government Sales Manager for Esri. He and his teams are responsible for the sales, business development, and outreach to all local governments in the Western U.S. and ensuring their success through successful GIS implementation and adoption. Prior to his time at Esri, Lee has over a decade of experience in the wireless/mobile technology space as well as education and training business development. He is a Political Science graduate of Cal Poly and earned his MBA from the University of Colorado. He is a long-time member of the Colorado Technology Association and resides in Denver.

Follow and connect with Lee on Twitter @LeeJohnstonJr and LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/leejohnstonjr

Philip Mielke

Industry Patterns Lead, Esri

Philip Mielke is an Industry Patterns Lead with Esri and a local government specialist working to establish patterns of inter-departmental coordination for public-facing initiatives. Prior to joining Esri, Philip has 15 years of experience building, administering and teaching GIS for state and local government agencies.

Harry Moore

Solution Engineer, Esri

Harry Moore IV is a solution engineer at Esri who specializes in deploying enterprise level technology to organizations of all sizes. He does this by focusing on people, presenting the value of technology, and by telling compelling stories. He also enjoys working on his Corvairs and backyard orchard, raising chickens, and having dance parties with his family.

Chris Nickola

State Sales Team Lead, Esri

Chris Nickola leads the State Sales team practice at Esri and enjoys helping State Government leverage the science of where to make better decisions and improve workflows. Based in Boston, she has held many roles at Esri over 25 years, and has spent most of her career in the industry, gaining experiences in areas of government, public safety, and channel partners. While leading the state government team is her primary job function by day, Chris also enjoys spending time with her family, golfing and going to the beach (whenever the Northeast weather allows).

Joseph Peters

Solution Engineer, Esri

Joseph Peters is a Solution Engineer supporting local governments for Esri. He works out of the Denver regional office. He 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. He has a special interest in bringing the value of GIS to all areas of an organization using the latest in web-based technology.

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.

Christopher Thomas

Director of Government Markets, Esri

Christopher Thomas is the Director of Government Markets for Esri. Christopher has over 30 years of experience working in and with governments around the world in integrating technology into government business processes. Christopher is most noted for his pioneering work in the areas of the adoption and adaptation of technology by governments and citizens alike. He is viewed as a pioneer and thought leader in the field of GIS with credits ranging from the first documentation of the business value of GIS in government to some of the world’s first implementations of enterprise systems, mobile government, e-government, the use of 3D statistical modeling for decision support, and public access governance. Today Christopher’s work extends to open government, mentoring tech start-ups through accelerators, and executive outreach.

He has been an active member of dozens of professional associations including the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, the National Governors Association, a founding member of the California Geographic Information Association, the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties, and the International City and County Management Association. Christopher helped found the University of California, Riverside GIS Certificate Program and continued to support the program as an instructor and board advisor.

Christopher is a regular author on the topic of technology in government and has written articles on Governing and Government Technology, blogs on Govloop, and books including Measuring Up: The Business Case for GIS, Mapping for Congress, Tribal GIS, Standards for Success, and Decision Support: The Business Case for GIS in Public Policy.

Brenda Wolfe

Senior Product Manager for ArcGIS Hub, Esri

As ArcGIS Hub Product Manager, Brenda is working with federal, state and local governments to apply and organize GIS apps, data and tools around the initiatives they care about, and to help them create a platform for two-way engagement with the community members they serve.

Brenda works directly with government customers to understand their needs and ensure ArcGIS Hub supports their goals and workflows. In her 10+ years at Esri, Brenda has helped create software products that are used by the Government, Commercial, and NGO sectors for economic development, community outreach, and internal decision-making, including ArcGIS Business Analyst and ArcGIS Community Analyst.

Brenda has an analytical background. Prior to joining Esri, she helped create statistical forecasting products for SAS Institute, Inc, and has degrees in Statistics and Applied Economics.

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