Vice President and Director of Planning and GIS
The Trust for Public Land
Breece Robertson is Vice President and Director of Planning and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for The Trust for Public Land. Robertson joined The Trust for Public land in 2001 to create a comprehensive, coordinated planning and GIS program for the national land conservation organization. Today she provides leadership for the trust’s Enterprise GIS program that is the leading provider of “Land for People” science in the country.
The Planning and GIS programs work on projects ranging from city and county open space plans to multi-jurisdictional modeling efforts that cover a wide range of “Land for People” issues like park and recreation access, health disparities, making cities “climate-smart”, protecting clean drinking water and connecting communities.
Esri, the world’s leader in developing geographic information system (GIS) technology, twice has honored Robertson’s GIS program for innovation in helping communities meet park and conservation goals. In 2006, The Trust for Public Land was awarded the Esri Special Achievement in GIS award and in 2012, the “Making a Difference” award –a prestigious presidential award.
Robertson regularly presents at conferences around the country and is featured in and has authored many publications. She was the Keynote speaker at the Southwest GIS User Conference (2015) and at the WA URISA conference (2014) and was the Conservation Strategies course speaker at the Yale School of Forestry since 2013 among many others. In 2011, she received a Planning and Urban Form Research Fellowship from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.
Prior to working at The Trust for Public Land Robertson was an Instructor and Course Developer for AllpointsGIS, Inc. where she developed and taught GIS software classes for local and federal government employees. She also worked to develop and implement projects focusing on sustainable rural economic development through the natural resource base as a Project Manager at Yadkin Pee-Dee Lakes Project.
Robertson continues to dedicate herself to the creation of healthy human and natural communities through conservation planning, Geographic Information Systems, education and collaborative partnerships.
Global Business Development 3D Geodesign
Dominik is the Director for global business development 3D Geodesign at EsriInc. in Redlands (CA), where innovative 3D GIS / Geodesign solutions for Esri’s customers are developed. He is instrumental in Esri's efforts for Geodesign and works with companies all over the world. Previously he was a co-founder of Procedural Inc., themaker of the modeling software for 3D urban environments CityEngine, which was acquired in 2011 by Esri.
Savannah College of Art and Design
Christine Wacta is an African born, French Architect D.P.L.G. from Paris La-Défense School of Architecture (France). She also holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Minnesota (2001).
Christine worked as intern Architect in Dresden (Germany), Paris France and Ellerbe Becket Architects in Minneapolis. MN, before deciding to go into teaching in 2002. She taught Interior Design at the Art institutes international MN for two years, then accepted a job at SCAD Savannah as a professor of Architecture where she has taught for the last 13 years.
In the fall of 2013, Christine started a PhD. In advance GeoSpatial Sciences for Architecture, Urban Design and History preservation at the University of Paris Sorbonne-Paris Cité & Paris Diderot [expected graduation 12/2018]. Her interest for intelligent city and resilience for future city planning has grown to where she recently started a GeoDesign student Chapter at SCAD.
Christine believes that there is an emerging NEW discipline alongside Architecture and Urban Design, a discipline that emerges as a STRONG LINK to all other disciplines on a single, collaborative TRANS/CROSS-disciplinary platform. The GeoDesign concept and its broad application, its use of BIG DATA, Science and algorithm seems to provide a platform that augments Architects, Planners and Stake holders ability to make better decisions in the creation of more RESILEINT future Cities.
Christine was recently tasked by the architecture department’s Dean and Chair at SCAD to develop a new Minor in GeoDesign/GeoBIM. Her vision is one of the city as research and testing laboratory for simulating scenarios using real data in form of a game with Geolocation and temporal component. Gamifying the city? AR/VR becomes an important part of intelligent urban planning for RESILIENCE.
Conservation GIS Manager
The Land Trust for Tennessee
Luke Iverson is the Conservation GIS Manager for The Land Trust for Tennessee, an accredited non-profit land conservation organization with offices in both Nashville and Chattanooga. Over the past 18 years, The Land Trust has protected over 120,000 acres through more than 350 diverse conservation projects. Luke joined The Land Trust in 2013 and supports the organization’s statewide work with his research, geospatial analysis, and cartography skills. Luke grew up working on a cattle ranch in central Montana, where his experiences in the vast, untouched spaces gave him a love for nature, agriculture, and open lands. He is a graduate of Belmont University.
Interdisciplinary Geospatial Technology Lab (IGTLab.)
Charlie Mix is the GIS Manager at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga’s Interdisciplinary Geospatial Technologies Lab (IGTLab.) He earned his BS in Geography from Jacksonville State University. Prior to working at UTC he worked in government and non-profit organizations including the National Park Service and Chattanooga area land trusts. When he is not in the GIS lab, he can be found exploring single-track on his mountain bike or chasing whitewater in his kayak.
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.
Director, Infrastructure Industry Strategy and Marketing
Mr. Agelopoulos is responsible for leading Autodesk’s infrastructure business line. In this role he oversees industry strategy, marketing, go-to-market, and sales enablement for infrastructure. Mr. Agelopoulos reports directly to the Vice President of AEC Industry Strategy and Marketing. The organization he leads interfaces closely with product development inside Autodesk that develops BIM solutions to service the infrastructure industry.
Mr. Agelopoulos is responsible for developing growth strategies enhancing Autodesk’s long-term competitive position in infrastructure, including M&A and partnerships. He also leads industry and thought leadership engagement in driving the industry to BIM through various innovation platforms.
He has over 20 years of experience in engineering, geospatial and remote sensing technologies serving the transportation, land and water industries. Prior to joining Autodesk, Mr. Agelopoulos spent 13 years at Intergraph Corporation in various Technical, Senior Sales and Business Development roles. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Monash University in Melbourne Australia and is based in Denver Colorado.
Brooks Patrick is an Account Executive for Geodesign Markets at Esri helping individuals, teams, and organizations take advantage of Geodesign and the power of 3D GIS for comprehensive community planning, urban design, architecture, and game development. Brooks is also a Landscape Architect with a focus in sustainable urban planning and a frequent presenter at international conferences and workshops. As part of a team working with Esri CityEngine software, he designs solutions able to simulate the impact of planning and urban design alternatives in near real-time. He is responsible for further services and consulting in 3D city modeling and advanced visualization.
Keith Cooke is a Local Government Account Executive for Esri. A graduate of Auburn University, he has been a GIS professionalsince 1994 and has worked for planning and community development agencies at the regional and local level in Alabama and North Carolina. In addition to his local government duties at Esri, Keith is the Business Development Specialist on both the Planningand Economic Development teams.He is an active member in the American Planning Association, where he has conducted over 50 hands-on GIS workshops for planners since 2004.
Eric Wittner is the CityEngine and Procedural Technology Product Manager at Esri. He works to expand public understanding of how Esri's 3D products can enhance an organizations products and process, and help bring them success. Having spent six years as part of the 3D software development team, he has an intimate understanding of Esri’s 3D technology. From his time as the product engineering lead for geodesign he understands how Esri's tools can be used to support interdisciplinary decision making in a variety of fields. As a thought leader at Esri, he helps shapes the vision and direction of Esri's software, data models, and solutions development through interaction with customers and the translation of their requirements into useful technology.
Rob Stauder is an Esri Product Manager focused on helping organizations leverage the power of GeoPlanner and Geodesignto improve decision making in planning. Rob works with software development teams and clients to fuse analytics with visualization to create easily-understood and defensible information products that can help improve our communities.
Manager, Planning and Community Health Center
Anna Ricklin, AICP is manager of APA's Planning and Community Health Center, where sheoversees applied research and place-based initiatives to advance health-oriented planning practice. She has a background in health impact assessment, active transportation planning, and cross-sector collaboration, as well as recent work in healthy planning metrics and comprehensive planning for health. Anna holds an MHS from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is based in Washington, DC.
Founder and President, Esri
A landscape architect by training, Jack Dangermond founded Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) in 1969 with a vision that computer mapping and analysis could help us design a better future. Under Dangermond's leadership, that vision has continued to guide Esri in creating cutting-edge GIS and GeoDesign technologies used in every industry to make a difference worldwide.
Dangermond fostered the growth of Esri from a small research group to an organization recognized as the world leader in GIS software development. Esri employs 2,700 people in the U.S.; many who shared his passion for GIS in the early days are still with the company and remain dedicated to helping our users be successful.
Product Manager 3D, Esri
Chris Andrews is the lead Product Manager for 3D across the Esri ArcGIS platform. During his 20-year career, Chris has focused on exposing the value of GIS throughout organizations by combining cutting edge technology with ease of use to put the most capability in the user’s hand with the least amount of specialized technology expertise required. Early in his career, Chris taught the first GIS classes at the University of Rochester and then began a software career by joining startups to work on digital mapping products for law enforcement and real estate professionals. An interest in web technology and multi-tier systems took Chris to the Kennedy Space Center for a Center-wide GIS requirements and architecture project which launched him into Enterprise consulting where he worked with law enforcement, local government, telecommunications, utilities, and commercial customers.
Chris’ interest in 3D began in college, but took off when he joined Autodesk in 2007. As the first technical product manager for Autodesk’s 3D digital cities effort, Chris led pilot studies with three globally distributed cities, Vancouver, Salzburg, and Incheon, to gather requirements and evaluate technology. Chris led the development of a 3D engineering preliminary design product that is now widely used in the AEC industry. Joining Esri in 2014 allowed Chris to begin exploring the use of 3D across multiple domains including defense, intelligence, commercial industries, and the sciences. At Esri, Chris remains focused on distributing high value GIS more broadly within organizations, initiated the ArcGIS Earth product effort, and is now focused on BIM-GIS integration.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology-Biology and a Master of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Rochester where he concentrated on spatial clustering analysis and spatial population simulation modeling.
Director, Global Business Development, Esri
Christopher Cappelli is the corporate director responsible for leading Esri’s global sales and business development activities. A computational geographer with a passion for science and technology, he has worked for Esri for 25 years in a variety of key roles.
A native of Pennsylvania and graduate of Penn State University, Christopher joined Esri as a consultative GIS technician, assisting numerous organizations in the eastern US with the planning, implementation, and maintenance of their geospatial systems. Over the next four years, he developed GIS analytical models and applications to improve operational processes, site new facilities, optimize supply chains, and support strategic decision making.
In 1995, Christopher opened the Esri Pennsylvania regional office. There, he built a team to support users and win new customers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. While cultivating business partnerships throughout the region, he conducted planning and design workshops to help people get the most out of their Esri investments.
In 2004, Christopher moved to Redlands, California, to work closely with Esri President Jack Dangermond and assume leadership of the Esri sales group. Since then, his role has expanded to guide Esri’s broader business development activities. He’s been instrumental in evangelizing GIS across the globe and championing the mission and core values of Jack and Laura Dangermond.
Christopher and his wife Dawn live in Redlands and have four children. An avid woodworker, amateur astronomer, and triathlete, Christopher refuses to depart from his technical roots; he still programs in Python and uses ArcGIS daily.
Applications Prototype Lab
Employed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the late 70’s, I was introduced there to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) concepts and software.
I trained at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in Landscape Architecture under Carl Steinitz, Dave Sinton and Dana Tomlin, and worked at the Harvard Lab for Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis for several years after graduation.
I joined ESRI in the early 80’s and helped form the Applications Prototype Lab, managing it for most of my career at ESRI.
This group performs applied R&D work, mostly for NGOs, and has developed many hundreds of prototypes and applications for organizations as diverse as the World Health Organization, the Jane Goodall Institute, JPL, and NASA along with collaborating with Richard Saul Wurman on his 192021 and Urban Observatory Projects.
In the spring and summer of 2016 I led an effort to build a national database of all available undisturbed open spaces in the US larger than 100 acres, and to quantify the level of connectivity between them. This was in support of a national Green Infrastructure Planning and GeoDesign initiative. We were guided in this effort by Arancha Criado Munoz a leading proponent of Green Infrastructure planning in the EU and Karen Firehock of the Green Infrastructure Center in Charlottesville, VA.
John P. Wilson
University of Southern California
Dr. John P. Wilson is Professor of Spatial Sciences and Sociology in the University of Southern California Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Science with adjunct appointments as Professor in the School of Architecture and in the Viterbi School of Engineering’s Departments of Computer Science and Civil & Environmental Engineering. He founded and directs the USC Spatial Sciences Institute, its Geographic Information Science & Technology Graduate Programs, and the Wilson Map Lab. He serves as the founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Transactions in GIS (Wiley-Blackwell) and is a Visiting Professor with the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China. His book Environmental Applications of Digital Terrain Modeling: New Analytical Methods in Earth and Environmental Science will be published by Wiley Blackwell in January 2018. Wilson regularly speaks about the power of geodesign at conferences, most recently at the 2017 Geo | Design + BIM conference in Amsterdam.
City of Los Angeles, Planning Department
GIS analyst with the Los Angeles City Planning Department, Master's degree in Geography from Cal State Long Beach, with 15 years of GIS experience, mostly in environmental, Urban, and transportation planning.
Houseal Lavigne Associates
Devin is a Principal and Cofounder of Houseal Lavigne Associates with special expertise in urban design, land-use and planning, 3D and development visualization, and GIS. Devin is an industry leader in graphics, design, visualization, and related emerging technologies. Devin has presented at both national and state planning conferences on a variety of topics, including geodesign, CityEngine, and about the importance and role of graphics and document design and how best to communicate plans and planning concepts. Devin’s achievements and body of work have garnered national attention and helped distinguish the firm, which received the prestigious National Planning Excellence Award in 2014 for an Emerging Planning and Design Firm. In 2012 Devin was hired by the Department of Urban & Regional Planning at the University of Illinois to establish an urban design studio for the program. More recently, Devin has been recognized by Esri as an expert and leading professional in CityEngine and has been a featured speaker at Esri’s GeoDesign Summit, User Conference (UC), and several webinars.
Nik brings over 10 years of professional design and planning experience to Houseal Lavigne Associates and as a Principal he manages much of the firm’s versatile studio work, as well as hones skill specializations in urban design, planning, geodesign, landscape architecture, site plan development, streetscape design, and zoning/code regulations. Nik provides the connection between the planmaking process and document creation, focusing on concept and site design, visualizations, document layout, and urban-form 3D modeling, using a breadth of drafting techniques and software tools. Nik enjoys the challenge of ensuring that plan recommendations and zoning ordinances correlate to what gets built, and therefore works to ensure that community goals and urban design expectations are grounded in reality and site-based limitations. He approaches his role as a problem solver, acting to understand how a community’s local history and current challenges can be improved through technical tools, such as design guidelines, zoning codes, and development regulations.
American Planning Association (APA)
Senior Research Associate
David Morley, AICP, is a Senior Research Associate with the American Planning Association in Chicago, where he manages and contributes to sponsored research projects; manages the development of the Research KnowledgeBase; provides customized research assistance through the Inquiry Answer Service; develops, organizes, and participates in educational sessions and workshops; and writes for APA publications. Mr. Morley also co-edits Zoning Practice, a monthly publication to inform planners about smarter land-use practice, and PAS QuickNotes, a series of briefing papers that explain planning basics for public officials and engaged citizens.
NGA Center for Best Practices’ Environment, Energy and Transportation Division
Garrett Eucalitto serves as Program Director for the NGA Center for Best Practices’ Environment, Energy and Transportation Division, where he focuses on issues related transportation and infrastructure.
Prior to joining NGA, Garrett served as Undersecretary for Transportation, Conservation and Development in Governor Dannel Malloy’s (CT) Office of Policy and Management. In that role, he was responsible for researching, evaluating, and developing transportation policy and finance, environmental, regional planning, disaster resilience, and development-related initiatives for Governor Malloy’s administration, while also serving as the administration’s point of contact for the state’s Special Transportation Fund and transportation capital program. During his time in Connecticut, he served as Chair of the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, was a member of the state’s Water Planning Council, and served on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Port Authority.
Previously, Garrett served as Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut. In that capacity, he advised Senator Lieberman on appropriations, transportation, infrastructure, and energy and the environment.
Garrett holds a master’s degree in international relations from Boston University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of the Holy Cross, and originally hails from Connecticut.
Regional Planner Specialist
Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)
Kimberly Clark is an Urban Planner at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), and specializes in regional data science, geographic information systems (GIS), and interactive data visualization. As a public agency, SCAG works with various regional partners to develop long-range transportation, housing, and sustainability plans that transcend jurisdictional boundaries and improve the quality of life for Southern Californians. In her current work, Ms. Clark will is leading the Bottom-Up Local Input and Envisioning Process for SCAG’s 2020 Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS), which involves the development and refinement of the base socioeconomic and geographic datasets for the upcoming Plan. Kimberly also serves as the technical lead for SCAG’s Environmental Justice Program (EJ), which features state-of-the-practice analysis that has been presented at the Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Exposition, the American Planning Association National Conference, and the ESRI Worldwide User Conference. Ms. Clark holds an undergraduate degree in political science from University of California, Riverside and a Master’s degree in urban planning from UCLA.
Professor in the School of Architecture
University of Minnesota
Thomas Fisher is a Professor in the School of Architecture, the Dayton Hudson Chair in Urban Design at the University of Minnesota, and the Director of the Minnesota Design Center. Recognized in 2005 as the fifth most published writer about architecture in the United States, he has written 9 books, over 60 book chapters or introductions, and over 400 articles.
Deputy Director of Conservation GIS
The Trust for Public Land
Fred Gifford is the Deputy Director of Conservation GIS for The Trust for Public Land. In this rolehe manages and leads teams using cutting-edge GIS methodologies, tools, and frameworks for trail planning, land conservation, and green infrastructure projects across the U.S. Fred is also the Technical Lead for the TPL GIS Team and leads application development, web development, and system design and implementation efforts. Fred is an environmental management and geographic information system (GIS) professional with over 25 years experience. He has worked in a wide array of environmental management and GIS service areas including: business development, client management, staffing, project management, and technical oversight. Fred specializes in managing data intensive, multi-disciplinary studies and computer application development projects that utilize GIS technology. His primary application expertise relates to environmental and natural resource studies (20 years) but also includes local government, transportation, and utilities applications. His expertise includes project management, requirements analysis, system design, programming, and system implementation. Fred has designed and implemented multi-agency, multi-application GIS projects; large GIS data conversion projects; and focused single-application systems.
Director of Asset Management
David Totman is the Director of Asset Management for Innovyze, providing strategic direction for water infrastructure business analytics software solutions. He has been in the water industry for 36 years, using geospatial technology for 30 years in business process optimization, project analytics, and infrastructure management. Prior to Innovyze he provided thought leadership and market direction for Esri in multiple industry sectors including Public Works, AEC, and Water. His municipal experience included serving as the Asset Manager for Colorado Springs Utilities and started his career as a hydrologist in state government managing water quality and water rights adjudications. He is the current President-Elect for the Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers.