Board Members

Kumar Navulur

President, DigitalGlobe Foundation

Kumar has been in the geospatial industry for more than 25 years. He is an advocate of location intelligence to further understanding of Earth and of geospatial technologies to support sustainable use of the planet’s finite resources. He currently serves as Senior Director, Strategic Business Development at DigitalGlobe.

He is a member of United Nations initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), which promotes the use of global geospatial information to address key global challenges. He has shared his expertise on satellite technologies with the team that created the Sustainable Destination Norway 2025 mapping project, and has also advised the World Bank, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and other international organizations and governments. Kumar is a frequent speaker at international geospatial events, including the Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty, the Cambridge Conference and Esri events. He is the author of the book, “Multispectral Image Analysis Using Object-Oriented Paradigm,” and is an adjunct professor working with graduate students at Denver University and the University of Colorado. Kumar has a PhD in engineering and geographic information systems (GIS) from Purdue University.

Mark Brender

Strategic Communications and Business Development Consultant for the Geospatial Industry

Mark served as the executive director of the DigitalGlobe Foundation from March 2007, when the foundation was established, until December 2015. He served as the Vice President of Communications for GeoEye, Inc. from January 2006 through October 2010. In January 2013, DigitalGlobe combined with GeoEye and Mark remained as a consultant until the end of 2015. He is currently an independent consultant in the geospatial industry helping with business development and strategic communications.

Previously, Mark was Vice President of Communications and Washington Operations at Space Imaging. Prior to joining Space Imaging, he was a broadcast journalist for ABC News, spending 16 years at the network as an assignment editor, national security editorial producer and radio correspondent. He also served in the U.S. Navy as a public affairs officer and is a retired Naval Reserve commander. Mark began writing and speaking about high-resolution commercial Earth observation in 1985 when he established the Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) Remote Sensing Task Force, which helped clear the way for high-resolution imagery to move from the defense and intelligence sector to the commercial sector. Mark has an undergraduate degree from Miami University in Ohio and a Master’s degree in public relations from the Kogod School of Business at American University in Washington, D.C.

Nancy Colleton

President, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

Nancy is a leader in environmental communication and information. At IGES, she leads numerous initiatives that promote better understanding of the changing planet. She has worked with senior-level government and industry executives to increase the awareness, value and use of Earth observations and to emphasize the need for a comprehensive strategy to ensure that citizens, business and government have environmental intelligence for improved decision making.

Nancy serves as the deputy chair of the Commission on Education and Communication (CEC) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). She leads the Alliance for Earth Observations, and also co-chairs the Environmental Information Services Working Group (EISWG) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Science Advisory Board. She founded the IGES Thacher Environmental Research Contest, which provides monetary awards to high school students using space-based Earth observations. Among Nancy’s other affiliations are Deputy Chair, CEC, IUCN; Co-Chair, EISWG, NOAA Science Advisory Board; Fellow, Council of Fellows, Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS); Steering Committee Member, Commission on the Weather and Climate Enterprise, American Meteorological Society (AMS) and participant in the Climate and Security Working Group.

John F. Regni

Lt General, USAF (retired)

General Regni is a strategic planning consultant and founder of the JFR Group, LLC. His consulting work includes as Director, Aerospace and Defense Initiative, Science Foundation Arizona and technical adviser for Defense and National Security, Arizona Commerce Authority. He serves on the board overseeing the Arizona Laboratories for Defense and Security Research, and as chairman of the Southwest Defense Alliance, a six-state regional board that supports the military bases/posts, and previously on the board for Vantage Mobility International, an automobile company that converts Toyota, Honda and Chrysler vans into wheelchair accessible vans for disabled veterans and people with spinal cord injuries.

General Regni served 40 years active duty in the Air Force, four as a cadet at the Air Force Academy and 36 years of commissioned service. His military assignments spanned Personnel, Training, Education and Command positions. His key headquarter staff assignments included Director, Manpower, Personnel and Support, U.S. Pacific Command from 1991-94; Director of Personnel for the Air Mobility Command from 1994-96; Director of Personnel Plans 1996-98 and Director, Personnel Resources 1998-2000 at Headquarters, United States Air Force, the Pentagon. He served as Base Commander, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea from 1990-1991, and commanded the Second Air Force from 2000-2004, commanded the Air University from 2004-2005. The culmination of his career was as Commander and Superintendent of his alma mater, the United States Air Force Academy from 2005 through 2009. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a bachelor’s degree in biology, and received a Master of Science in Systems Management from Saint Mary’s University.

Keith Masback

Chief Executive Officer, USGIF

Keith is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), carrying out its mission of promoting the geospatial intelligence tradecraft and developing a GEOINT Community among government, industry, academic, professional organizations and individuals who develop and use geospatial intelligence to address national security objectives. Previously, Keith spent 20 years as an officer in the U.S. Army and in the government civilian service, eventually as a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).

He held a variety of positions at NGA primarily focused on strategic planning and programming. Most recently, he served as the Director, Source Operations Group where he was responsible for tasking the nation’s overhead GEOINT collection assets. Prior to NGA, he was a senior executive civilian on the Army Staff, responsible for planning the future of Army Intelligence and serving as the Army’s first Director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Integration. Keith served in the U.S. Army, as an Infantry officer in the Berlin Brigade, as a Military Intelligence officer at XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C., and on the Army Staff at the Pentagon. Keith has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Gettysburg College, and completed the Postgraduate Intelligence Program at the National Defense Intelligence College and executive education at the Kellogg School, Northwestern University and the Elliott School, George Washington University.

Michele R. Weslander-Quaid

President, Sunesis Nexus

Michele is the founder and president of Sunesis Nexus, an independent consulting company. Previously, Michele served as Google’s Chief Technology Officer for the Public Sector and Chief Innovation Evangelist. She started her career as an image scientist and systems engineer. After 9/11, Michele was recruited into public service and served in senior leadership positions, including Deputy Technical Executive for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Intelligence Community Deputy Chief Information Officer for the Director of National Intelligence, Chief Technology Officer for the National Reconnaissance Office, and as DNI’s senior representative to the Secretary of Defense’s Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) Task Force. She has received numerous honors including National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Meritorious Civilian Service Medal and Seattle Pacific University Medallion Award. She has a bachelor’s degree in physics and engineering science from Seattle Pacific University, and a master’s degree in optics from the University of Rochester. She is a graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government program for Senior Managers in Government, and a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff CAPSTONE Fellow. She also serves in many nonprofit roles, including National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Advisory Committee for Commercial Remote Sensing, DHS Blue Ribbon Panel (cyber security) and AFCEA Intelligence Committee. She is active in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and leadership outreach for students in K-12 and at universities.

Albert Yu-Min Lin, Ph.D.

Research Scientist, University of California at San Diego

Albert is a pioneer in the field of digital exploration and crowdsourced remote sensing. As a research scientist at the University of California San Diego and an Explorer of the National Geographic Society, Albert leads numerous international initiatives to advance the way people participate in science, exploration and discovery. As creator and principal investigator of the Valley of the Khans Project, a noninvasive technology-based search for the tomb of Genghis Khan, he has led multiple high-tech expeditions in the most remote parts of the world, developing new methods for satellite, aerial and subsurface remote sensing in exploration.

Empowered with an initial DigitalGlobe Foundation grant, his work on massive data analysis through crowdsourcing earned him 2011 USGIS Academic Achievement award, and resulted in the founding of Tomnod, Inc., which he led until its acquisition by DigitalGlobe in 2013. At UC San Diego he directs multiple research programs including the National Geographic Engineers for Exploration Program, the Distributed Health Labs, the Exploration Lab and serves on the Executive Council of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. His work has been featured in Newsweek, the Washington Post, BBC, NPR, ABC news, TEDx, Wired Magazine, al Jazeera, and a National Geographic documentary “The Forbidden Tomb of Genghis Khan.” Albert advocates for science education through public engagement, working within organizations including the National Geographic Speakers Bureau and the U.S. State Department as well as programs such as the Google Science Fair and SciFest Africa to expand the scope of curiosity worldwide. His Chinese name (Yu-Min) roughly translates to “Citizen of the Universe.”

Nancy Coleman

Vice President, Corporate Communications, DigitalGlobe

Nancy leads DigitalGlobe’s public relations and social media programs, corporate social responsibility strategy, and team member communications programs driving high rates of engagement. In addition, she oversees the DigitalGlobe Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to developing the next generation of geospatial professionals, as corporate sponsor and board member. Nancy is driven by DigitalGlobe’s Purpose—Seeing a Better World®—which aligns team members behind the principle that by giving their customers the power to see the Earth clearly and in new ways, they enable them to make the world a better place.

She received a bachelor’s degree in public communications from American University in Washington D.C. Prior to DigitalGlobe, Nancy held corporate marketing and corporate communications positions at leading technology and information businesses including SGI and High Performance Technologies, Inc. (now part of Engility). She has a track record of success navigating internal and external communication challenges across global audiences with thought leadership, executive communications, communications and marketing campaigns, and directing demand generation programs to support revenue goals.