Nigel Jacob of the City of Boston's Office of New Urban Mechanics joins Living Cities as Urban Technologist in Residence.

Living Cities is excited to welcome Nigel Jacob (@nsjacob) to our staff in the newly created position of Urban Technologist in Residence. He will be officially joining the Public Sector Innovation team next week. As we ramp up efforts to support municipal governments across the country as they modernize and innovate to produce better outcomes for their residents, Jacob’s wealth of experience and leadership as a municipal innovator will add great capacity and talent to our team.

The public sector is a critical player in creating opportunity in cities. As the complexity and urgency of challenges continues to grow in cities, municipal governments must lead towards better solutions and improved results. Our team’s work is focused on supporting this leadership by fostering greater innovation at the local level. More specifically, we are invested in the co-creation of solutions that allow the public sector to operate in more innovative ways, better collaborate across agencies and sectors, and more effectively allocate resources towards results. Our belief is that these levers are critical to producing the kind of public sector that can help bring about cities that create economic opportunity, and prepare city residents for and connect them to that opportunity.

With his background as founding co-chair of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics in Boston, and national recognition as a municipal innovator (including by the White House as a Champion of Change), Jacob will be a terrific addition to our team as we continue to pursue these goals. We very much look forward to his arrival. Learn more about Jacob and his new role with us here