Evari GIS is a highly effective team of GIS Professionals, Systems Architects, Cloud Computing Specialists, GIS Analysts, Field Managers and GIS Technicians.
Ari Isaak, GISP
Founder and CEO
Mr. Isaak helped build the Evari GIS team from one (himself) in 2009 to its current size of 20 employees. He has worked with the ESRI technology stack and related technologies for more than 15 years . His interests include cloud architecture, web server administration, municipal street and roadway lighting, driving a common operating picture and streamlining access to enterprise geographic data in diverse and dynamic organizations. With his real-world knowledge, Ari has proven his ability to align GIS technologies with a business’ unique needs. He has comprehensive experience creating data, presenting compelling cartographic documents, and developing enterprise scale solutions applicable to a wide range of disciplines.
Eva Friedberg, Ph.D
Director of Finance and Human Resources
As the business manager, Eva manages finances, hiring, and daily logistics coordination. Her organizational and business skills and her passion for spatial analysis have helped make Evari a successful company. Before joining Evari's team she worked as an adjunct faculty at the University of San Diego and Woodbury University teaching courses in architecture history, urban studies, and landscape theory. She has published and lectured on the history and politics of urban design and architecture. Eva holds a B.A. from University of California Berkeley, and she earned an M.A. (2004) and Ph.D. (2009) in visual studies from the University of California, Irvine.
Director of Information Technology
Tyler Packett leads the Technical team and works to ensure that Evari continues to provide innovative and advanced technical solutions to meet its clients' needs. Tyler has a undergraduate degree in Geography from the University of Hawaiʻi Hilo and a masters degree in Homeland Security focusing on GIS and its role in disaster management/response. With a background in humanitarian disaster GIS as well as low cost open source GIS solutions, Tyler is able to rapidly adapt to changing technology and situations. In addition to his humanitarian experience, he has worked in the administration of large city level GIS systems via his work as a subcontractor for the city of San Diego.
Director of Operations
Kevin manages Evari’s operations to ensure Evari successfully delivers on all work under contract in an effective and efficient manner. He focuses on client satisfaction, process improvement, performance, data quality, and staff development to prepare his team to meet both current and future challenges. He is a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) with extensive enterprise GIS development and support experience. Kevin leads Evari’s team of Project Managers, GIS Analysts, and GIS Technicians. He aspires to motivate and develop Evari’s staff in support of their individual growth and the Operations Team’s ability to provide excellent work products for the businesses and government agencies with whom Evari works.
Director of Business Development
Brian has worked in the transportation planning and engineering field since 2007, with an emphasis on walking and biking. In this time, he has managed projects in both the private and non-profit sectors, with an emphasis on developing active transportation master plans, programs, and facilities for people of all ages and abilities. GIS and the clear presentation of spatial information and relationships has always been a passion of his, and he followed his passion to Evari GIS in the summer of 2019, where he serves as the Director of Business Development, helping clients throughout the country solve complex geospatial problems through custom GIS applications and analysis. In his spare time, he enjoys surfing, tending his plumeria plants, and otherwise enjoying the quintessential San Diego lifestyle.
GIS Administration Team
Evari’s GIS Administration team handles Systems Architecture and Deployment, Custom Development efforts, and ongoing Systems Support.
Senior GIS Administrator
Tim brings experience managing many of Evari’s projects working alongside valued clients including Ameresco and PG&E. He holds a BA in Geography with a specialization in GIS as well as a minor in Business Management from Central Connecticut State University. Tim is interested in developing apps and other methods to simplify GIS and empower end users to better understand and use GIS data. He has also contributed to the GIS world as a presenter at the annual NEURISA conference in Sturbridge, MA. Tim greatly enjoys travelling and staying active, whether it be skiing, basketball, or exercising in the gym.
Evari’s Operations Team executes work, conducts GIS Analysis, manages projects, and interfaces with clients.
Project Manager and GIS Analyst
Josh has considerable experience on electrical auditing projects, both as a manager and field technician. He has worked on Evari Projects for important clients like Ameresco and Lumen Light Solutions, in Phoenix, AZ and Westchester, NY. Josh holds a B.A. in Geography with an emphasis in GIS from University of California, Santa Barbara. He is interested in utilizing GIS tools for transportation planning to generate an approach towards more efficient and sustainable methods. In his free time, he enjoys solving puzzles, photography, and staying active.
Project Manager and GIS Analyst
Seth gained extensive experience auditing streetlights in both rural and densely populated cities before taking on a project management role. His experience managing field crews in high crime areas around the city of Chicago has proven his ability to approach projects which have increased safety concerns. Seth holds a B.S. from Indiana University in Geological Sciences with a minor in Physics. He enjoys exploring new cities, spicy foods, and is interested in how GIS can help support our energy infrastructure as it undergoes changes to accommodate population growth.
Project Manager and GIS Analyst
Michael is interested in using GIS to support the conservation of a variety of natural resources. His interests range from landscapes and vegetative communities to water management and dark skies (particularly those impacted by the growing need for outdoor lighting). He holds a B.S. in Ecological Restoration from Humboldt State University with a minor in Wildland Soil Science and a certificate in Geospatial Analysis. His experience includes supporting multiple large-scale street lighting audits for Phoenix, AZ and PG&E. Michael is involved in a variety of analyses including lighting design and stormwater infrastructure cataloging. In his free time he enjoys fishing, biking, and traveling.
Jessica is a University of California, Los Angeles graduate with a B.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies and a minor in GIS. Jessica is interested in effectively using GIS tools to support urban planning and environmental management. Any type of development needs to take into consideration the ramifications of their projects and she hopes to use GIS to inform both decision-makers and the public to help find the most efficient and sustainable action plan. She enjoys solving jigsaw and sudoku puzzles, hiking to waterfalls, and painting.
Business Development and GIS Analyst
Payton Gilchrist is a University of North Alabama graduate with a B.S. in Geographic Information Systems. Payton has many interests that include analyzing complex social issues, history, and real estate. In her spare time, Payton likes to stay active, enjoy live music, and travel.
Evari’s financial team handles invoicing, insurance, human resources, and business management.
Accounting Administrative Assistant
As the Accounting Administrative Assistant, Colleen works with Evari GIS’ Business Manager to ensure the smooth operation of the finance and human resources sides of Evari. Her love of numbers and working with people offer a unique skill set to help facilitate the continued growth of the company. She is always looking for new ways to streamline processes and enhance the employee experience. Colleen holds a B.A. in Psychology from University of California, San Diego. In her free time she enjoys staying active and spending time with her family and friends.