"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed. It is the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Mead

Board of Directors

Jerry Johnston

Jerry Johnston

Board Chair Location Intelligence Practice Deloitte

Anne Hale Miglarese

Anne Hale Miglarese

Board Treasurer Program Executive Officer, Saildrone & Founder, Radiant Earth Foundation

Hamed Alemohammad

Hamed Alemohammad

Advisor Radiant Earth Foundation

Claudia Juech

Board Secretary Vice President of Data and Society Patrick J. McGovern Foundation

Sives Govender

Research Group Leader, Spatial Information Systems CSIR South Africa

Jed Sundwall

Executive Director Radiant Earth Foundation


Our team

Jed Sundwall

Executive Director

About Jed Sundwall

Executive Director

Jed Sundwall is passionate about using the Internet and shared data to improve the quality of governance throughout the world. Jed has over 15 years of experience working at the intersection of data, product development, cloud computing, economics, and policy. Before joining Radiant Earth, he created various data sharing and sustainability initiatives at Amazon, including the Amazon Web Services Open Data Program, which makes over 100 petabytes of data available for analysis in the cloud. He has helped create patterns of efficient data sharing that have been adopted by USGS, NASA, Geosciences Australia, Esri, and the Brazilian Space Agency. He serves on the Board of Directors of NatureServe and has a master’s degree in foreign policy from the University of California in San Diego.

Louisa Nakanuku-Diggs

Marketing & Communications Manager

About Louisa Nakanuku-Diggs

Marketing & Communications Manager

Louisa Nakanuku-Diggs is enthusiastic about storytelling and visualization and their possibilities to transform complex topics into simple, yet engaging and effective narratives. Louisa has helped governments, development organizations and NGOs focusing on environmental issues in Africa with approaches to convert data to information, and information to knowledge and attitudinal changes. Before joining Radiant Earth Foundation, she served as an international communication consultant, working with conservation organizations to develop behavior change strategies, incorporating digital communications channels, and generating science information products for laypersons. 

Kevin Booth

Engineering Manager

About Kevin Booth

Engineering Manager

Kevin Booth is passionate about using technology to leave a positive impact on the world. Kevin is the lead maintainer of the STAC QGIS plugin and is an active contributor to various open-source projects. Before joining Radiant Earth Foundation, Kevin taught students GIS and Geoprogramming, wrote software for NASA's Orion Spacecraft program, and developed Android applications for Fortune 100 companies. Kevin received his B.S. in Geographic Information Science from Texas State University in 2018 and is working on his M.S. in Geography.

Magdalena Benza

Lead Geospatial Data Scientist

About Magdalena Benza

Lead Geospatial Data Scientist

Magdalena Benza is passionate about using remote sensing and geospatial analysis to understand how human-environment interactions transform the Earth's surface. Having worked with Geospatial Data for over a decade, she has focused on different approaches combining raster and vector data for geospatial modeling applications in demographics and digital agriculture. Prior to joining Radiant Earth Foundation, Magdalena was a Geospatial Scientist at The Climate Corporation, a postdoctoral research scientist at San Diego State University, and a research assistant at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Magdalena holds a Ph.D. from the joint doctoral program in Geography at San Diego State University and The University of California Santa Barbara.

Alex Rice

Full Stack Developer

About Alex Rice

Full Stack Developer

Alex Rice is interested in all kinds of maps and geospatial data, especially for Environmental, Ecological, and Sustainability applications. Alex has been a developer and open source software enthusiast since 1995. Prior to joining Radiant Earth Foundation in 2021, he worked at Development Seed, Descartes Labs, and National Center for Genome Resources. Alex received his Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems and Science (GIS) from Pennsylvania State University in 2016, and his Bachelor’s in Linguistic Anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 1994.

Daniel Nwaeze

Data Scientist

About Daniel Nwaeze

Data Scientist

Daniel Nwaeze (currently on sabbatical) is passionate about helping organizations uncover and develop data patterns, allowing them to make better decisions. He has previously worked with Humanity Data Systems, developing machine learning models responsible for capturing operational data to monitor aid delivery for the Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Fund (YRRF) to enhancing performance. Daniel has also led a team of tutors at Efico Resources, where he advised and mentored West African students on state-of-the-art data science tools for analysis.

Renee Pieschke

Technical Project Manager

About Renee Pieschke

Technical Project Manager

Renee Pieschke likes to take a proactive approach toward problem-solving to mitigate risks. She is a passionate advocate for developers, enabling them to do their best work while making sure projects stay on track. Her background in geography and information science help her understand and organize the work around her. Before joining Radiant Earth Foundation, she spent five years working as a contractor in the geospatial industry for government and commercial partners through Development Seed, KBR, and Innovate! Inc.

Kendall Lee Smith

Geospatial Data Engineer

About Kendall Lee Smith

Geospatial Data Engineer

Kendall Smith is passionate about the possible solutions to climate change and sustainable global development found at the intersection of state-of-the-art deep learning algorithms and Earth observation data. Prior to joining Radiant Earth Foundation in October 2021, he served as data engineer for six months at the George Kostas Research Institute developing scalable machine learning pipelines to serve inference for multimodal object detection. Kendall also worked in business intelligence for over ten years at several Fortune 100 companies and startups automating operational workflows and improving customer experience. Kendall received his B.A. in International Political Economy from the University of Washington and his M.S. in Computer Science (specializing in Artificial Intelligence) from Northeastern University.

Gregory Essuman

Geospatial Data Engineer

About Gregory Essuman

Geospatial Data Engineer

Gregory Amponsah Essuman is a goal-oriented individual passionate about leveraging the power of geospatial technologies and Earth observation to drive organizational policy and business decisions. Gregory has helped companies fast-track their operations by providing geospatial and training services. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography and an MSc in Geo-information Science, Gregory applies spatial thinking in all his professional works. Before joining Radiant Earth Foundation, he worked as a Geospatial Backend Developer at Where Geospatial. Gregory has also worked as a Geospatial Consultant for several Ghana and the United States companies for over four years.

Michelle Roby

Geospatial Software Engineer

About Michelle Roby

Geospatial Software Engineer

Michelle Roby is a passionate individual with a drive to provide quality open Earth observation data and machine learning models to aid those working to address environmental and global development challenges. She is particularly enthusiastic about agricultural efficiency, soil health, and how these topics relate to each other and to combating climate change. Michelle received her B.A. in Environmental Studies and Spanish Language & Literature and a Geographical Information Systems & Computational Science Certificate from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2019. After her graduation, she volunteered in Morelos, Mexico, on a team that implemented ecological WASH projects in rural communities. Before joining Radiant Earth Foundation, Michelle worked at Ocean Imaging, mapping ocean and coastal habitats for partners such as The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Navy, and The City of San Diego.

Emmanuel Siaw-Darko

Machine Learning Intern

About Emmanuel Siaw-Darko

Machine Learning Intern

Emmanuel completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Ghana in Economics and Linguistics. His interest in EO was sparked as he got enthusiastic about the many uses of data science and machine learning. Emmanuel now strives to explore the many possibilities that EO data holds to solve both environmental issues within and out of his reach.

Megan Cole

Science & Tech Communications Intern

About Megan Cole

Science & Tech Communications Intern

Megan Cole is a Junior at Michigan Technological University, majoring in Scientific and Technical communications and minoring in Art. She is passionate about communicating information to try and help others gain access to information they may not have had access to before. Megan is an enthusiastic writer, photographer, and loves to create graphics to help communicate stories to the world.

Fellows

Chris Holmes

Technology Fellow Planet Labs

Matthias Mohr

Technology Fellow University of Münster | OpenEO