Ryan Lanclos is the director of public safety solutions at Esri where he is responsible for coordinating strategic initiatives across emergency management, fire and EMS, law enforcement, homeland security, and emergency call taking and dispatch. In this role he serves as Esri’s subject matter expert on the use of GIS technology for disaster/emergency management and humanitarian response. Mr. Lanclos also provides program leadership, and serves as an incident manager, for the Esri Disaster Response Program (DRP), a 24×7 GIS support team that provides help to organizations around the world as they respond to crises and disasters of all types and sizes.
Mr. Lanclos begin his work in state government where he built a nationally recognized GIS program focused on planning for, and responding to, bio-security threats on the nation’s agricultural system. He was appointed as the first Geographic Information Officer (GIO) for the State of Missouri where he coordinated GIS technology initiatives across all state agencies and developed the first shared situational awareness tool to support disaster management and homeland security for the State. As GIO, he also served as the principal advisor on the use of geospatial technology for the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisory Council.
In addition to state government, he has worked at the county level to support the implementation of a new county wide computer aided dispatch (CAD) system for Montgomery County, Texas in the Houston area, and provided GIS expertise for the County’s response and recovery from several severe flooding events. He has participated as an innovation team member and expert group member for the United Nations, and most recently worked as the Director of State and Local Government for the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to building the public safety community’s GIS capacity and capability. In this role he provided geospatial mission support to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).