American Red Cross

GIS at American Red Cross International Services

Who we are

Dale Kunce Global Lead, ICT and Analytics

Dale Kunce leads the international ICT and Analytics teams. He is responsible for the adoption of open source software, open data standards and crowd sourcing to supercharge the international work at the American Red Cross.

Kunce is a geospatial engineer and urban planner with more than 10 years of experience. He and his team support programs and projects for both international disaster response and long-term programs. His recent projects include founding Missing Maps, a project to map the world’s vulnerable people, and leading the global Red Cross network’s GIS analysis and coordination for the Typhoon Haiyan, West Africa Ebola, and Nepal Earthquake response.

Kunce’s past work has taken him from community organizing in the California Central Valley and developing analytics for pandemic response in Uganda to helping astronauts capture high-resolution imagery from the International Space Station. He is a proud alumnus of the University of California, Davis.

Emily Eros GIS Team Lead

Emily is an urban planner with a background in geospatial analysis and international development. As the GIS Team Lead, she manages the team’s international programs and disaster response activities, and advocates for open data within the humanitarian community. Her recent projects include launching the Missing Maps West Africa efforts and deploying to support the European migration crisis. Before joining the Red Cross, Emily worked on open transport data projects for the World Bank, consulted on renewable energy projects in New England, and worked with Syrian farmers to better manage local water resources. She holds a Master’s in City Planning from MIT and spends her free time rock climbing and mountain biking.

Ashley Schmeltzer GIS Officer

Ashley started as a GIS Reservist providing support during major disasters and field projects. She has a background as a technical GIS and remote sensing specialist, as well as previous experience working with her local Red Cross chapter in California and as a GIS Officer based in Turkey to support the Syrian crisis.

Dan Joseph GIS Officer

Dan assists with disaster response and provides support to the long term recovery programs in Nepal and the Philippines. In addition to remotely supporting numerous disasters, he has deployed to the Philippines, Vanuatu, and Canada. Specializing in tools to improve data management and program implementation, he builds everything from websites featuring interactive analytic tools to forms for mobile data collection. Prior to the Red Cross Dan was a Peace Corps volunteer working with a rural, municipal government in the Philippines on environmental and planning projects.

Matt Gibb GIS Analyst

In addition to disaster response assistance, Matt provides GIS support to the Haiti and Africa programming teams at the American Red Cross. His recent projects include mapping a water pipeline in rural Zimbabwe and training volunteers in a drought-affected area of Colombia. Prior to joining the American Red Cross, Matt was a GIS Specialist with FEMA, responding to hurricanes in the northeast and the Caribbean. He also has experience in both conservation and municipal GIS. Matt studied Geography and GIS at the University at Buffalo, and received his Master’s in GIS at Clark University. Matt enjoys traveling with the Red Cross, but loves coming home to his daughter when she asks, “Did you find all the missing maps?”

Rachel Levine GIS Training and Operations Coordinator

As a Program Associate with the GIS team, Rachel handles operational needs and keeps the team on track and in line. Before joining the Red Cross, she completed a master’s degree in Activism and Social Change at the University of Leeds’ geography department and handled operations at other non-profit organizations. She is also a UMaryland alumna and a huge fan of parks. When not attending mapathons, Rachel likes to travel and wander new cities.

Max Grossman GIS Intern

Max is an undergraduate at George Washington University majoring in Geography & International Affairs. As a GIS Intern, he helps the team clean, find, and collate data, make cartographic products, and create and validate tasks for the Missing Maps project. In his spare time Max is either surfing, or thinking about surfing.