NSS Speaker

nss speaker

Chi Smith

Chief, GIS Division

What keeps me up at night motivates me at work. Every day I’m excited to solve the next geospatial challenge to support future emergencies and make a difference in the lives of Californians. I’m passionate about emergency management and the geospatial tools that provide us real or near real-time intelligence for emergency situational awareness. Prior to joining State services, I honed my GIS skills in the private sector as a GIS analyst at Ch2m-Hill, HDR GIS consultant, and CAD/GIS manager for Wallace-Kuhl and Associates for five years. It was the best day of my career when I joined the Cal OES family in November 2013 as a GIS Research Analyst and served as one of the Incident Support Team Leads. Since January 2015, I have had the privilege of leading the rock star GIS team of highly dedicated professionals who are flexible to the ever changing environment of technologies and ongoing demanding activations.