2018 SCGIS 21st Annual Conference

Jul 16, 2018 to Jul 18, 2018, Asilomar Conference Center, Monterey CA

Pre-Conference workshops: Sunday July 15, 2018

Keynote Speakers

Keynote speaker

Dr. Lilian Pintea & Jaime Pinkham

Jane Goodall Institute & Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

Our keynote speakers, Dr. Lilian Pintea and Jaime Pinkham, will join us at the 2018 SCGIS conference to share their experiences on working with local communities and traditional knowledge.

We plan to livestream the keynote sessions via our Facebook page and will make recordings available afterwards. Watch this space for more details.


Vice President, Conservation Science, the Jane Goodall Institute

Lilian Pintea brings more than twenty five years of experience in using satellite imagery and GIS to the job of conserving chimpanzees and their vanishing habitats in Africa. As vice president of conservation science at the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), Dr. Pintea directs the scientific department at the Institute and conducts applied conservation research. This includes one of the first applications of very high resolution satellite imagery for community mapping, innovative use of geospatial technologies to develop and implement conservation and participatory village land use plans, and the use of mobile technologies to empower local communities to monitor their forests and be better stewards of their natural resources and custodians of chimpanzees.

Dr. Pintea holds a Ph.D. in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota and a M.S. in Zoology from Moscow State University, Russia. He is a former MacArthur Scholar of the MacArthur Interdisciplinary Program on Global Change, Sustainability, and Justice at the University of Minnesota and a former Fulbright Scholar at the Center for Remote Sensing at the University of Delaware. With frequent trips to the field in Sub-Saharan Africa, Dr. Pintea lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.



Executive Director, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

Jaime A. Pinkham is a citizen of the Nez Perce Tribe and has spent most of his career advocating for tribal sovereignty, self-determination and treaty rights. In April 2017 he returned to the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission as its Executive Director. The Commission was established by four treaty tribes: Yakama, Warm Springs, Umatilla and Nez Perce. Combined, the ancestral homelands of these tribes cover roughly 25% of the entire Columbia River Basin. The Commission provides the tribes with science, management, enforcement, litigation, policy, marketing and operational support. He also worked for the Commission from 2004 to 2009 handling regional coordination and Congressional affairs.

From 2009 to 2017, he was Vice President of the Bush Foundation, a private foundation started in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush in St. Paul, MN. He led the Foundation’s Native nations program working with tribes across North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota as they redesigned their governing systems. His work led to the creation of the Native Governance Center, a native led non-profit delivering technical support to tribes in government redesign. In early 2016 he was a loaned executive to the Center as a Senior Advisor to assist in their startup.

In 1990 to 2002 he worked for the Nez Perce Tribe where he was elected twice to the Nez Perce Tribe’s governing body successfully retaining the position of Treasurer as the tribe was launching into gaming. He also led the tribe’s natural resource programs and was involved in salmon restoration, water rights negotiations, wolf recovery and land acquisition.

Jaime has a passion for “wildness” which started with childhood experiences hunting and fishing in the backcountry with his father and grandfather. That love has landed him on various conservation boards and he currently serves on the Governing Council of The Wilderness Society, American Rivers Board of Directors, and Alaska Region Advisory Committee for the Yukon River Intertribal Watershed Council. He also serves on the Board of Trustees at Northland College, a private liberal arts college in Ashland, WI with a focus on the environment and sustainability. He has served on Defenders of Wildlife Board of Directors, is Chairman Emeritus for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, past President of the Intertribal Timber Council, and former member of the Advisory Council for the Udall Center’s Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management and Policy at the University of Arizona.

He received a forestry degree from Oregon State University and is a graduate of the Washington State Agriculture and Forestry Leadership Foundation’s leadership program. In 2007 he was honored as an OSU Alumni Fellow and also received an Outstanding Alumnus Award from OSU’s College of Forestry. He is a recipient of national awards from the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society and the Intertribal Timber Council for his service to tribal communities.