WRA GIS Expert Elected to URISA’s GISCorps Core Committee

WRA’s Chris Zumwalt, GISP was recently elected to serve on the Core Committee of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association’s (URISA) GISCorps.

The Core Committee is a group of nine members that run the GISCorps through a purely volunteer effort outside of their daily domestic and work responsibilities.  Chris has been a volunteer and project manager with the GISCorps since 2008. Since the completion of his team’s project to map the infrastructure of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in its entirety, Chris has attended GISCorps meetings and stayed involved whenever possible.  His continued involvement and dedication to this humanitarian organization has granted him a nomination and acceptance to help lead the Corps forward with their ongoing and future missions.

The GISCorps is a passionate team of volunteers and leaders in the geospatial industry who are dedicated to serving the global community.  There are 5,600+ volunteers from 133 countries ready to respond to requests for technical assistance. The Core Committee vets new project requests to make sure they are truly humanitarian in nature and follow the Corps’ mission statement.  Once a project is accepted and launched, committee leaders organize and assign volunteers based on need and individual skill set. Using tools such as OpenStreetMap and Esri’s ArcGIS and ArcGIS Online, volunteers respond to natural and man-made disasters, assist in community building, and support sustainability for underserved and underdeveloped communities.  So far, the GISCorps has completed or is currently serving 254 projects worldwide.

Visit the GISCorps website to learn more.