Laura and Jack Dangermond are true visionaries and pioneers. In 1969, starting as a small consulting firm with four employees, they founded Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri), in Redlands, California, a supplier of geographic information software, web geographic information system (GIS) software and geodatabase management applications. Today, Esri is widely recognized as a technical and market leader in GIS, pioneering innovative solutions for working with spatial data on the desktop, across the enterprise, in the field, and on the web. With more than 5,000 employees, 40 subsidiaries, more than 80 distributors doing business in more than 200 countries, and 10 regional offices throughout the United States, the company continues to grow at a rapid rate.
Mr. Dangermond has more than 50 years of experience in GIS software – a technology for managing, analyzing, and sharing location-based information for better decision making. He is recognized as a pioneer in spatial analysis methods, but also as one of the most influential people in GIS. He actively manages Esri and is closely connected to projects, clients and the company’s vision. He is personally committed to applying GIS methods for environmental stewardship and sustainable communities. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships, grants, honorary doctorates, and awards. He is highly sought around the world, and has worked on numerous projects in Japan, Venezuela, France, and Australia.
Mrs. Dangermond is responsible for the policy and operational direction that Esri pursues in fulfilling the company’s objectives. She is actively involved in managing the company’s overall operations, domestically and internationally, at both the macro level and the day-to-day level. She performs the duties of controller, oversees personnel recruiting activities and is part of interview processes, manages employee benefits, and administers the company’s profit-sharing plan. In carrying out all her responsibilities, Mrs. Dangermond seeks to ensure the smooth flow of corporate activities. She oversees similar functions for their regional offices as well.
Laura and Jack Dangermond, in addition to their extensive community involvement, national and worldwide influence, have been friends of Loma Linda University Health for over thirty years. The Dangermonds have been significant partners with the Loma Linda University School of Public Health’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Laboratory and the Healthy People in Healthy Communities Conference. During the recent Vision 2020 – The Campaign for a Whole Tomorrow, they provided invaluable input and support to landscape and beautify the new Dennis and Carol Troesh Medical campus. Their latest collaboration with the University is with the GIS Lab to develop and support cutting-edge cancer research.
With their involvement, initiatives, and generosity, the Dangermonds are a living example of stewards of the earth and its resources. Their pro-active commitment to the environment, their passion for creating and enhancing sustainable communities, and their generosity, are an inspiration.
In recognition of their generosity and commitment to the environment and for their passion to better our communities and enhance the lives of those that live in them, and for inspiring and challenging others around them, Loma Linda University Health honors Jack and Laura Dangermond with the DISTINGUISHED HUMANITARIAN AWARD. This award will be presented to them at the Conferring of Degrees for the School of Public HealthWith their involvement, initiatives, and generosity, the Dangermonds are a living example of stewards of the earth and its resources. Their pro-active commitment to the environment, their passion for creating and enhancing sustainable communities, and their generosity, are an inspiration.
DISTINGUISHED HUMANITARIAN AWARD