Dr. Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg is an author, educator and advocate for the applied use of GIS across disciplines. Dr. Steinberg is President for the Southern California Chapter of URISA 2023. Sheila leads the integration of innovative geospatial concepts and curriculum design into micro-credentials, certificates and programs at UMass Global. She is a co-author of Resilient Communities Across Geographies Esri Press (2021) and GIS Research Methods for Esri Press (2015); Extreme Weather, Health and Communities: Interdisciplinary Engagement Strategies for Springer Press (Springer Press 2016). Steinberg is a keynote speaker at professional conferences and international meetings and creates partnerships for how to use GIS to solve problems. Her research focuses on the connection between people, places and environments considering local knowledge, networks and the power of community engagement using GIS.