Speaker Bios

Presenters
 Raleigh Seamster             Program Manager, Google Earth Outreach
  Raleigh helps nonprofits use Google's mapping tools through organizing trainings like the Geo for Good User Summit, figuring out how to bring our program to new countries like Canada & Australia, and other projects. She has been with the Google Earth Outreach team for 3 years and at Google for a total of 6 years. Before Google, Raleigh served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine, worked at the nonprofit American Councils for International Education, and studied cultural anthropology at James Madison University.
Karin Tuxen-BettmanGeo Specialist, Google Earth Outreach
Karin helps nonprofits use Google's mapping tools for their work, focusing much of her work on helping them with visualization GIS data in the tools, as well as getting better imagery for the areas where they work, including high-resolution aerial and satellite imagery and ground-level Street View imagery.
Tanya BirchProgram Manager, Google Earth Outreach
Tanya Birch is a Program Manager at Google Earth Outreach. With an academic background in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, she has been part of Google Earth Outreach for years and at Google for 10 years. Prior to Google, she researched human elephant conflict in Sri Lanka with the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society. At Google, she's applied her experience working with mapping for the non-profit sector to helping public benefit organizations learn to use Google's powerful mapping tools and Android mobile technology to further their missions.

Sean AskayDeveloper Advocate and KML Tech Lead, Google Earth Outreach
Sean has been on the Google Earth Outreach team since 2007. He specializes in geo-spatial data visualization and has a keen interest in geo-storytelling. He has extensive experience creating complex KMLs maps, Google Earth tours and is a co-author of Spreadsheet Mapper.
Christiaan AdamsDeveloper Advocate, Google Earth Outreach
Christiaan is a Developer Advocate, GIS specialist, and KML designer with the Google Earth Outreach team, where he helps nonprofits to use Google's online mapping tools to tell their stories, visualize their data, and share their work work with the world. Christiaan focuses on working with Crisis Response and Conservation organizations. His background is in Environmental Engineering, Technology Policy, GIS and international development. When he's not playing with digital maps, Christiaan can be found mountain biking, hiking, or "fixing" things in his workshop.
 Allie Lieber Program Manager, Google Earth Outreach
Allie Lieber is the new grants program manager on the Google Earth Outreach team.  She has been on the team for almost a year and has helped many nonprofits use maps as a platform to share their story with the world.  Before Allie joined Google Earth Outreach, she was on the AdWords team, helping small and medium sized business optimize their online advertising.
David ThauSenior Developer Advocate, Google Earth Engine
Dave Thau helps scientists, NGOs, and other partners build software and algorithms that run on Earth Engine, Google's geo analysis platform. Prior to joining Google, Dave worked for many years helping ecologists and biodiversity researchers integrate their systems into distributed collaborative networks.
 Tyler Erickson Senior Developer Advocate, Google Earth Engine
  Tyler is a developer advocate working on the Earth Engine geospatial analysis platform. In this roll he helps institutions and individual partners understand and utilize the capabilities of Earth Engine and related geospatial tools. Prior to joining Google, Tyler worked in academia leading projects on geospatial analysis, visualization, and the design of geospatial data systems. He is also the former technical committee chair of AmericaView, a non-profit consortium of remote sensing scientists that support applied research, higher education, and technology transfer.
 Brian Sullivan Project Manager, Google Earth Outreach
  Brian Sullivan is a member of Earth Outreach and the Oceans teams. This is a very good fit because he is a sucker for environmental issues and an avid scuba diver for fun, research, and food. Before joining Google in 2007 he managing digital divide programs in West Africa, some technical positions, and a few years of strategy consulting for financial services. Various attempts to forage and live off the land in survival situations have been met with mixed success but were always enlightening. Nothing beats a Buttered Porcupine Fajita Ash Cake when you are hungry! 
Kurt Schwehr Software Engineer, Google Ocean 

Kurt Schwehr is a marine geologist and software engineer. He joined Google in 2012 and works on Google Oceans. He is an affiliate professor in at the University of New Hampshire. His personal goal is to make computing more accessible to scientists. He published a class on YouTube for scientists wanting to learn more about how to get computers to do more for them: http://goo.gl/2nZ3mn
 Vanessa Schneider Geo Media Program Manager
  Based in California, Vanessa Schneider's been with Google for almost three years, working on outreach for Google Maps. Before becoming a Googler, Vanessa worked at The New York Times for several years as a community specialist, Time Inc. as a researcher and reporter, and at New York startup Hot Potato, acquired by Facebook in summer 2010.
Josh LivniDeveloper Programs Engineer
Josh is a Senior Developer Programs Engineer at Google, focused on enabling developers to tell compelling stories using the Google Maps API's.  As you read this, he's probably writing code, thinking about snowboarding, or both.  
 
Randy SargentVisiting Scientist, Google Earth Engine | Senior Systems Scientist, Carnegie Mellon University
  As Visiting Scientist in the Earth Engine team, Randy helps research and develop explorable timelapse maps, including a recently-released global timelapse map mosaicked from 29 years of Landsats 4, 5, and 7.  At Carnegie Mellon’s CREATE Lab, Randy helps research and develop ways to explore and understand many types of massive, time-series data.  Prior to CMU and Google, Randy helped develop prototype rovers in NASA Ames’s Intelligent Robotics Group, and has founded/co-founded three successful technology companies.  Randy received his BS in Computer Science from MIT, and his MS from the MIT Media Lab, where he developed the Programmable Brick, a research prototype for LEGO Mindstorms.
 Jessica Pfund     Program Manager, Google Map Maker
 Jessica leads Map Maker Community Development efforts at Google and works with citizen cartographers to get the places they know and love onto Google Maps. Since joining Google over 7 years ago, she has worked with Google's Earth Outreach, Disaster Response, and Emerging Markets teams to ensure that traditionally underrepresented parts of the world get mapped. Jessica received her bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University in Earth & Environmental Sciences.
Evan Rappaport
Product Manager, Google Maps

Evan is a Product Manager for Google Maps, including several photography products such as Street View, Views, Panoramio, and Photo Sphere. He loves photography and creating products that help people share their stories through pictures and maps. Before joining Google, he lived in Honolulu, Hawaii where he worked on projects sponsored by DARPA, NSF, and NOAA. This included storytelling products for outdoor adventurers, K-12 educational tools for oceanography and environmental stewardship, and brain-computer interfaces for severely disabled people. Evan also loves hiking, standup paddling, and the ocean.

Google Geo Leadership
Brian McClendonVice President of Engineering, Geo at Google
Brian McClendon is an electrical engineer, a software architect and an avid photographer. He built computer graphics software and hardware at Silicon Graphics before co-founding Keyhole in 2000. Keyhole was purchased by Google in 2004, and later became known as Google Earth. Brian is currently a Google Vice President of Engineering, responsible for geo-products including Google Maps, Google Earth, and Street View.
 
 Rebecca Moore Engineering Manager, Google Earth Outreach and Earth Engine
 Rebecca Moore is a computer scientist and longtime software professional. At Google, she conceived and leads the Google Earth Outreach program, which supports nonprofits, communities and indigenous peoples around the world in applying Google's mapping tools to the world's pressing problems in areas such as environmental conservation, human rights and cultural preservation. Rebecca also initiated and leads the development of Google Earth Engine, a new technology platform which supports global-scale monitoring and protection of the earth’s environment. Rebecca received a bachelor’s degree with honors from Brown University in Artificial Intelligence and a master’s degree from Stanford University. Her personal work using Google Earth was instrumental in stopping the logging of more than a thousand acres of redwoods in her Santa Cruz Mountain community
  
Louis PerrochonEngineering Director
Louis Perrochon is an Engineering Director at Google and he currently leads the team that builds Google's geospatial products for businesses, governments and non-profits. These products enable you to put "your data on the Google map" and include Google Earth, Google Maps Engine and Google Earth Engine. His team also processes all aerial and satellite imagery for Google Earth and Google Maps. Previously, he has been leading Engineering for YouTube, which processes over 72 hours of video per minute and serves over 4 billion videos a day. His academic credentials include a PhD in Computer Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and 3 years post-doctoral research at Stanford University.
 
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