GHLiaisons Water Resources Planner and Spatial Analyst
Scott Kaiser, MUEP
He is an experienced urban and environmental planner with a background in applied applications of GIS technologies to advance sustainable community development and public health initiatives. Mr. Kaiser brings a context-driven approach to solving complex environmental problems. He has 10 years of experience working on sustainable community development and natural resource management programs across the U.S., Guinea, Mozambique, and South Africa where he deployed GIS technologies to inform policy and programmatic initiatives. His work includes policy analysis and research, remote sensing, suitability modeling, watershed modeling, accessibility analysis, scenario modeling and comparisons, geodesign, web map design and storytelling, and stakeholder engagement and participatory mapping.
Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Mr. Kaiser led multi-sector spatial development projects across 70,000 square kilometers in Mozambique as a Regional Development Planner and GIS Analyst with Dobbin International. As project manager and GIS co-lead, Scott was responsible for managing the spatial development planning process, data acquisition, data QA/QC, geospatial analysis, and policy and programmatic development. He directed multi-disciplinary field staff during field missions and facilitated stakeholder engagement workshops with private, government, and non-government organizations. He has presented project findings to program managers at the World Bank, USAID, IrishAID, TechnoServe, The Nature Conservancy, Rio Tinto and others.
Since September 2017, Mr. Kaiser has been supporting the U.S. Government’s Health and Human Services, Office of Emergency Management, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response’s long-term hurricane recovery missions in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as a senior GIS consultant. Scott has produced more than 3,300 maps, geospatial analyses and research to support and inform a wide range of public health issues including child nutrition, respiratory infections, and community displacement. His work is included in weekly senior leadership briefs and has been presented to agency and community partners and stakeholders to inform decision-making, prioritize resource allocation, and identify vulnerable populations for targeted programming. As one example of the impact of his work, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Education revisited a plan to distribute school lunches during the winter school break, increased the number of meals and expanded distribution to adjacent school districts after reviewing his analysis.
Mr. Kaiser’s experience in the water resources sector includes a year as coordinator of the Potomac Drinking Water Source Protection Partnership—a partnership between drinking water utilities, local, state, and federal agencies to protect metropolitan Washington’s drinking water supply—and assisting the Potomac Conservancy with research and updates to their bi-annual State of the Nation’s River report. Scott has also provided GIS technical services to private and government clients in the natural resource management and renewable energy sectors.
Mr. Kaiser is founder/CEO of Geospatial Planning Advisors, LLC and graduated from the University of Virginia with a master’s in Urban and Environmental Planning where he maintains connections with the university as a GIS adjunct professor.