You can find him teaching Introduction to GIS 630, Ethics 500, or helping as a guest lecturer in Risk Communications, Research Methods, or as a Capstone Advisor
Erik has experience with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, grant writing, and 20+ years experience in private and public sector project management. He completed his BS at California Polytechnic University at Pomona in Environmental Science and has a landscape architecture license in the State of Washington (#735). He has completed various FEMA certifications and several continuing studies certificate programs on global disaster management from Harvard. Erik was the CEO of a social justice software start-up which included lobbying for policy change at the state level, public speaking, and forging safety and business partnerships. He volunteers for various crisis mapping entities that are mobilized during disasters.
Erik’s first experience with GIS dates back to the early 1990’s and he completed several projects using early ESRI software. Erik's research has been published four times in 2020 and he has multiple peer-reviewed papers involving GIS-based vulnerability assessments, hazard economics, disaster ethics, and adaptive capacity due out in 2021. Erik enjoys the DC area whenever he can but currently lives near Seattle and is also a proud graduate of the Emergency and Disaster Management Master’s Program at Georgetown University. You can connect with him on Twitter @erikxwood