Director, Global Business Development
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.
Dr. Kathryn Sullivan formerly served as Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, and NOAA Administrator. She is currently a Lindbergh fellow in aerospace history at the National Air and Space Museum and a senior fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Sullivan is an authority on the growing role of science in education, weather, ocean economies, homeland security, and public safety.
Before her distinguished career at NOAA, Sullivan was a NASA astronaut, flying three space shuttle missions between 1986 and 1992. During the first mission, on space shuttle Challenger, she performed the first spacewalk by an American woman. In 1990, on space shuttle Discovery, she and her crew deployed the Hubble Space Telescope. Sullivan's last mission was in 1992 on space shuttle Atlantis, logging a total of 532 hours in space.
After leaving the NASA Space Program in 1993, she served as NOAA chief scientist, and in 1996, she became president and CEO of COSI in Columbus, Ohio, a hands-on center of science and industry serving nearly 900,000 people annually throughout Ohio and surrounding states. COSI also operates the largest outreach education program of any science museum in the United States.
In 2006, Sullivan was selected as the inaugural director of the Battelle Center for Mathematics and Science Education Policy at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at Ohio State University. She returned to NOAA in 2011 as deputy administrator, chief scientist in 2012, and administrator in 2014.
Dr. Sandra Whitehouse is a consultant who has served for over twenty-five years as an ocean policy advisor to multiple organizations and institutions, using her marine science expertise to advise clients on a variety of issues including how to advance ocean health and sustainably develop coastal and offshore projects. Her clients have included Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations and other Nonprofit Organizations, a state agency, legislative body and private companies.
Currently she serves as the Senior Policy Advisor to Ocean Conservancy, the Chief Scientific Officer for AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles and as a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council.
She has served on the boards of Save the Bay, the Nature Conservancy’s Rhode Island chapter, the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting, The Aquidneck Island Land Trust, Grow Smart Rhode Island and The Consortium for Ocean Leadership, The Advisory Board for the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island and The National Center for Science Education. Dr. Whitehouse holds a B.S. from Yale University and a Ph.D. in biological oceanography from the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island.