Amber Knapp innovates state government agencies through the use of smart government and geospatial technologies at Esri. Before joining Esri, Knapp was the GIS director for Cook County where she managed one of the largest GIS enterprises in local government from procurement to staff. Prior to this, Knapp was the GIS manager of Montgomery County, Texas, where some of her duties included providing 24-hour support during Hurricane Ike and the infamous Tri-County Wildfire of 2011. She also worked with law enforcement agencies using GIS to catch criminals and help with the Opioid Crisis. Knapp graduated from Central Michigan University in 2001 with a triple major: geospatial science, Earth science, and environmental analysis land planning. In her spare time, she participates in endurance sports such as hiking 14ers, marathons, and Ironman.