WISRD Technical and Financial Lead. Prior to co-founding WISRD, Mark was a founding Principal and CEO of Symbiotic Engineering in Boulder, Colorado, a GIS based, utility data tracking and life-cycle assessment based company that was acquired in September of 2012. Mark received his PhD in Civil Engineering at the Urban Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering Program (USIEP) at the University of Colorado Denver in 2007. There he focused on the life-cycle energy and GHG emission impacts associated with many of the primary sectors of urban infrastructure (e.g. building energy use, transportation, water/wastewater, and materials). Prior to starting Symbiotic, Mark served as an engineer with an international engineering firm where he had dual roles as co-lead for the infrastructure assessment for the Master Plan of Kigali, Rwanda, while also serving as the Projects Director for Engineers Without Borders USA. Mark is also currently a Research Faculty for the University of Minnesota in the Center for Environment Policy and Technology in the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, focusing on sustainable infrastructure for India and the United States.
WISRD Management Lead. Prior to co-founding WISRD, Lisa spent many years as an internal and external organizational change and development consultant, executive coach, and professor, opening her first consulting business in Hawaii (1999). She founded Business Transformation Consulting in Colorado (2006), focusing on organizational systems analysis, human performance drivers, business strategy, and organizational design in order to improve performance, increase innovation, and create healthy, collaborative work environments. She has worked with clients from many different types of organizations and industries, the majority of which operate in the GIS/geospatial industry. Dr. McElvaney recently held an executive position on the program management team overseeing the Masdar City development effort in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Masdar City was part of a $22 Billion investment in sustainability by the government of Abu Dhabi who attempted to create the world’s first zero carbon, zero waste city, integrating renewable energy technologies and green building design on a citywide level. This international experience highlighted the challenge of integrating competing cultural values and norms, and the effect these have on planning, design, collaboration, innovation adoption, and community change. Lisa has co-authored a newly published chapter for geodesign professionals on applying organizational change principles to community change efforts for enhanced stakeholder engagement. She holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Systems, M.A. in Organizational Change, and B.A. in Communication Studies.
WISRD Chief Technology Officer. Prior to joining WISRD, Shilo owned her own software development and consulting firm (SpatialViz) based in Colorado. She specializes in the visual presentation and analysis of GIS/geospatial data using both commercial and open source software. Shilo also has a strong background in systems integrations, DevOps, and Agile software development practices. Shilo graduated with honors with a degree in Computer Science from Colorado State University in 2004. Since then, she has worked as a software developer and consultant for various engineering and IT organizations where she gained expertise in infrastructure and asset management systems.