Meet the New Director of GIS and Technology: Q&A with Chuck Conley

We are thrilled to welcome Chuck Conley to the Cadasta team as the Director of GIS and Technology. In this role, Chuck will serve as Cadasta’s technology solution lead and will work alongside senior leadership to lead, analyze, develop, and implement innovative technical strategies that will optimize the Cadasta Platform to document the land and resource rights of vulnerable communities. 

Chuck comes to Cadasta with more than 20 years of professional GIS technology experience. Prior to joining us at Cadasta, Chuck worked on projects that utilized geography, GIS technology, and sound information management practices across several humanitarian clusters and development sectors including mine action, health, search and rescue, needs assessment, operational coordination, physical security, environment, conservation, and food security to name a few.

Read through the questions and answers below to learn more about Chuck and his ideas for Cadasta: 

What excites you most about joining the Cadasta team?

I have spent my entire career helping international nonprofit organizations explore how they can leverage data and technology to help advance their humanitarian and development objectives. I’m very excited to join Cadasta, this is a great opportunity to bring my skills and experience to a young and growing nonprofit organization that is having a positive impact in the development sector. I’m looking forward to working with Cadasta’s many partners to document the land, property, and resource rights of marginalized communities and the individuals they support. I’m looking forward to working with Cadatsa’s partners to develop effective data and technology strategies and solutions that support making well informed data-driven decisions to best support the vulnerable communities they work with.

What do you think are the biggest challenges and opportunities for Cadasta’s technology strategy?

Keeping up with the rapid pace of change in technology is a big challenge for most organizations and this is especially true of organizations like Cadasta that are focused on leveraging data and technology to advance the agenda of the development sector.

The other big challenge I see for Cadasta is scale. Cadasta has set a target of having 8 million people on its platform in three years. The question is how does Cadasta build simple digital tools and technology that meet partner needs while at the same time ensuring that these tools can scale to serve the needs of individuals, organizations, and governments we partner with.

When you are not in the office using technology to secure land rights, what do you like to do with your free time?

First and foremost, I enjoy spending time outdoors hiking with my family. I also enjoy riding my motorcycle on off-road trails in the National Forests that are located in the mid-atlantic region where I live.

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