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February 12, 2024

Esri’s 2024 Federal GIS Conference to Spotlight Geospatial Tech’s Role in Climate Policy and Intelligence

REDLANDS, Calif., Feb. 12, 2024 — On February 14, 2024, Esri, a global leader in geographic information system (GIS) technology, is hosting the Federal GIS Conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C.

At this year’s conference, John Podesta, the Senior Adviser to the President for International Climate Policy, The White House, and Tonya Wilkerson, Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, will deliver the keynote address on Wednesday, February 14, 2024.

Recently, John Podesta was named senior adviser to the president for international climate policy replacing outgoing U.S. special climate envoy John F. Kerry. Currently, Podesta oversees implementation of Biden’s signature climate law, the Inflation Reduction Act. The law devoted billions of dollars to accelerating the nation’s transition to wind, solar, and other sources of clean energy.

Podesta also played a critical role in brokering the 2015 Paris climate agreement as a counselor to President Barack Obama and helped steer President Bill Clinton’s environmental policies while serving as White House chief of staff.

Also keynoting on Wednesday, February 14 is Deputy Director Tonya P. Wilkerson, the ninth deputy director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Having worked more than thirty years in the Intelligence Community, Wilkerson has experience across multiple mission areas and deep expertise in the space sector.

From February to November 2021, Ms. Wilkerson served as the Associate Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency for Science and Technology/Strategy. She has held multiple prominent positions within the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) spanning a range of activities, including research and development, acquisitions, and operations, as well as simultaneous leadership roles in the NRO and CIA’s Directorate of Science & Technology (DS&T).

  • WHAT: Esri Federal GIS Conference
  • WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C.
  • WHEN: Wednesday, February 14, 2024, 9:45 – 11:00 a.m. ET

For more information on the event, click here.

About Esri

Esri, a global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, location intelligence, and mapping, helps customers unlock the full potential of data to improve operational and business results. Founded in 1969 in Redlands, California, USA, Esri software is deployed in hundreds of thousands of organizations globally, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, nonprofit institutions, and universities. Esri has regional offices, international distributors, and partners providing local support in over 100 countries on six continents. With its pioneering commitment to geospatial technology and analytics, Esri engineers the most innovative solutions that leverage a geographic approach to solving some of the world’s most complex problems by placing them in the crucial context of location. Visit us at

Source: Esri