Video of Esri National Security and Public Safety Summit 2019
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About the Event
In our New Normal, collaboration has never been more important. The National Security and Public Safety Summit is where collaboration begins.
Learn how national security and public safety professionals use GIS to build resilience for individuals, communities, and nations.
Discover how Esri software, services, and partner agencies help you understand risk and plan effective mitigation strategies that maximize available resources.
Fontes received a Ph.D. in Mass Media/Telecommunications from Michigan State University's Department of Telecommunications.
Prior to joining ESRI I spent 30 years in public safety the Federal Governement. Upon retiring I was Chief of Fire Operations for the San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California and was heavilty invovled in the Firescope program. Prior to retiring I was a Type I National Incident Commander and spent many years working in and with the Incident Command System. My role at ESRI is to coordinate with public safety users and our software development staff to assure we are providing tools and services based on user needs, and requirements. We frequently are involved in supporting our users and other organizations for local, regional and national exercises.
My career began in state government building a nationally recognized GIS program focused on planning for, and responding to, bio-security threats on the nation’s agricultural system. I was appointed the first Geographic Information Officer (GIO) for the State of Missouri to coordinate GIS technology initiatives across all state agencies and serve as GIS advisor for the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisory Council. This led to the development of the first shared situational awareness application for the State.
Additionally, I worked at the local government level to support strategic planning, system implementation, and migration to a new computer aided dispatch (CAD) system for Montgomery County, Texas. I've participated as an innovation and expert group member for the United Nations related to GIS, and most recently worked as the Director of State and Local Government for the NAPSG Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to building the public safety community’s GIS capacity and capability.
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