Person Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Jessica Huey 

Jessica Huey is a MPP candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Person Living Cities

Elizabeth Vargas 

Elizabeth Vargas managed Living Cities’ social media and web strategies. She brings an enthusiasm for integrating digital media and traditional communications to drive social change.

Person Code for America

Christopher Whitaker 

Christopher Whitaker serves as the Brigade Program Manager for Code for America.

Person Living Cities

Ben Hecht 

Ben Hecht is the President and CEO of Living Cities, a collaborative of 18 of the world’s leading foundations and financial institutions who work together to boldly fight poverty in America’s cities.

Person Living Cities

Steven Bosacker 

Steven Bosacker was the Principal of Public Sector and Partnerships at Living Cities. Steven served as the City Coordinator for the City of Minneapolis for six years alongside Mayor Rybak, where he championed accountability and transparency in servi…

Person Civic Tech and Data Collaborative

Alex Torpey 

Alex Torpey is a Consultant to the Civic Tech and Data Collaborative.

Person Living Cities

Nadia Owusu 

Nadia leads Living Cities' racial equity and inclusion, knowledge management, and research portfolios.

Person Standard Treasury

Zac Townsend 

Zac Townsend is interested in technology, statistics, civic innovation, finance and financial technology, cities, positive disruption, and books. He is a co-founder of an early stage financial technology company called Standard Treasury. He is also…

Person City of Syracuse

Sam Edelstein 

Sam Edelstein serves as the Analytics Coordinator for the City of Syracuse Office of Innovation.

Person UC Berkeley

Juan Sebastian Arias 

Juan Sebastian is a Graduate Student Researcher at Government Alliance on Race and Equity. He formerly led the field building and knowledge work for Collective Impact and supports meaning making across the portfolio.

Person Living Cities

Nigel Jacob 

Nigel Jacob is Living Cities' Urban Technologist in Residence and Founder and Co-Chair for the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics in Boston, Massachusetts.

Person Center for Urban Poverty and Community Development, Case Western Reserve University

April Urban 

April is a research associate specializing in property research and consultation.

Person Harvard Business School

Needham Hurst 

Needham Hurst is a joint MPP/MBA candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School.

Person Esri

Jack Dangermond 

A landscape architect by training, Jack Dangermond founded Esri in 1969 with a vision that a mapping and analysis framework could provide a deeper understanding of our world and help us design a better future.

Person Living Cities

Brittany Ramos DeBarros 

Brittany provides programmatic support to the external field building work of the Collective Impact team at Living Cities. She also supports the Working Cities Challenge.

Person Center For American Progress

Tracey Ross 

Tracey Ross is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Poverty and Prosperity Program at American Progress. In this role, she focuses on place-based responses to fighting poverty. Prior to joining American Progress, she was a program associate at Living Ci…

Person National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership

Kathryn Pettit 

Person Congressional Research Service

Arthur Burris 

Arthur formerly led the Public Sector Innovation work at Living Cities, which includes the City Accelerator and the Project on Municipal Innovation. He is a frequent public speaker on budget and policy topics. He is now leads a team of researchers a…

Person Boston Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Alicia Rouault 

Alicia Rouault leads the Digital Services Group at Boston's Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), a public agency that serves 101 cities and towns in Massachusetts.

Person Living Cities

Elizabeth Reynoso 

Elizabeth is Associate Director of Public Sector Innovation. She works on the development of public sector strategies to foster promising public practices and accelerate the uptake of innovation across the country.

Person Louisville Metro Government

Ed Blayney 

Ed Blayney is an Innovation Project Manager in the Office of Performance Improvement and Innovation for Louisville Metro Government (KY).

Person Governing Institute

Ron Littlefield 

Ron Littlefield, a former mayor of Chattanooga, Tenn., is a senior fellow with the Governing Institute and its lead analyst on the City Accelerator initiative.

Person Communities Count

Louise Carter 

Working out of Public Health – Seattle & King County, Louise Carter leads data and communications for Communities Count.

Person TechTown Detroit

Leslie Lynn Smith 

Leslie Lynn Smith is President and CEO of TechTown Detroit. Smith joined TechTown in 2010 to be on the ground floor of economic development in Detroit. Under her leadership, TechTown launched Venture Accelerator, a boot camp-style program for entrep…

Person Louisville Metro Government

Ted Smith 

Ted Smith was appointed by Mayor Greg Fischer as the Chief of Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Economic Growth & Innovation. Ted’s efforts include the 2012 IBM Smarter City Challenge-winning adoption of Asthmapolis sensor inhalers across Loui…

Person Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center

Bob Gradeck 

Bob Gradeck manages the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center at the University of Pittsburgh’s University Center for Urban and Social Research.

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Carmen Rojas 

Person MacArthur Foundation

Alaina Harkness 

Alaina Harkness is a Program Officer for Community & Economic Development in U.S. Programs at the MacArthur Foundation.

Person Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy

Tamir Novotny 

Tamir has developed, project-managed and supported programs that have influenced practitioners and policymakers in fields including civic technology, local governance, housing and community development, regional planning and economic development, wi…

Person New America Foundation

Alissa Black 

Alissa Black directs the New America Foundation's California Civic Innovation Project, which aims to diffuse innovation in local governments through researching and recommending organizational and emerging practices that enable the creation and adop…

Person Union Square Ventures

Nick Grossman 

Nick Grossman is a technologist and entrepreneur working at the intersection of the web and urban, social and civic systems. He was a visiting scholar at the MIT Media Lab (in the Center for Civic Media) and "Activist in Residence" at Union Square V…

Person Bloomberg Philanthropies

James Anderson 

James Anderson leads the government innovation portfolio at Bloomberg Philanthropies. This includes the Mayors Project, a multi-tiered effort to spread effective strategies between cities.

Person Boston Office of New Urban Mechanics

Chris Osgood 

Person Code For America

Abhi Nemani 

Abhi Nemani is the Co-Executive Director of Code for America, a national nonprofit that believes that government of the people, by the people, can work in the 21st century.

Person Harvard Kennedy School

Steve Goldsmith 

Stephen Goldsmith is the Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and the Director of the Innovations in Government Program at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Person Tumml

Clara Brenner 

Clara Brenner is a co-founder of Tumml, an urban ventures accelerator with the mission of empowering entrepreneurs to solve urban problems. Clara is responsible for Tumml’s partnership development, marketing, and fundraising and has a background in …

Person Parsons the New School for Design

Dave Seliger 

Dave Seliger is the founder of Civic Service with Parsons the New School for Design. He also works in external affairs for the NYC Mayor's Office of Housing Recovery Operations. Dave recently completed a fellowship with the NYC Office of Emergency M…

Person Living Cities

Ronda Jackson 

Ronda led the Project on Municipal Innovation, a network of 35+ Chiefs of Staff and Policy Directors Living Cities convenes with the Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center.

Person

Sara Draper-Zivetz 

Sara was a former Program Assistant for Public Sector Innovation cluster at Living Cities. She is currently a student at UC Berkeley where she is pursuing a Masters in Urban Planning degree.

Person IBM

John Kamensky 

John M. Kamensky is a senior fellow with the IBM Center for the Business of Government. He also is an associate partner with IBM Global Business Services and a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Person

Will Cook 

Person Walk Denver

Jill Locantore 

As the Policy and Program Director, Jill Locantore supports WalkDenver’s mission through education, research, and advocacy for policies and practices that lead to a more walkable Denver. Jill brings more than 10 years of experience in community pla…

Person Data-Smart City Solutions

Sean Thornton 

Sean Thornton is a Research Fellow for Data-Smart City Solutions. Based in Chicago, Sean serves as a researcher, archivist, and documentarian of the Chicago Department of Innovations and Technology’s efforts to build a smarter, more efficient city g…

Person DonorsChoose.org

Missy Sherburne 

Missy Sherburne is the Chief Partnerships Officer at DonorsChoose.Org. Previously, she served as the founding Executive Director of DonorsChoose.org North Carolina and South Carolina. Prior to joining DonorsChoose.org, she was the North Carolina Exe…

Person Natural Resources Defense Council

Bill Sadler 

Person Harvard Kennedy School

Lyell Sakaue 

Lyell Sakaue is a Master in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. Current research interests include the equity impacts of information technology, public-private partnerships and innovations in governance. Before graduate studies, L…

Person Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School

Charles Chieppo 

Charles Chieppo is a research fellow at the Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School and the principal of Chieppo Strategies, a public policy writing and advocacy firm.

Person Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation

Jake Auchincloss 

Jake Auchincloss is a research assistant at the Ash Center and a dual degree candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Person Kinvolved

Alex Meis 

Alex Meis is the Co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Kinvolved. The Kinvolved App, which Alex helped create, improves student attendance by facilitating real-time communication of data among schools, families, and youth programs serving the most…

Person Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Denise Linn 

Denise Linn is a MPP candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Her professional experience thus far has revolved around closing the digital divide and implementing local Internet access projects.

Person Code For America

Catherine Bracy 

Catherine Bracy, Director of Community Organizing, oversees Code for America's community network-building initiatives, including their citizen volunteer program (the Brigade) and the international partnership program (Code for All).

Person Rise Community Development (Rise)

John Cruz, MUP 

John Cruz is the Data Management Coordinator for Rise Community Development in St. Louis.

Person CI:Now

Laura McKieran 

Laura McKieran is Executive Director of CI:Now and an Associate Professor of Management, Policy, and Community Health at the UTHealth School of Public Health in San Antonio.

Person National Democratic Institute

Sarah Welsh 

Sarah Welsh is a Program Officer for the Governance team at the National Democratic Institute, where she supports global programs dealing with urban governance, civic innovation and distance engagement. Before joining NDI, she worked as an open-gove…

Person NYC Mayor's Office of Contract Services

Trip Carpenter 

Person University of Washington Department of Health Services

Elaine Albertson 

Elaine is a lifelong Washington State resident, and a current data analyst, evaluator, and graduate student in public health at the University of Washington.

Person Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Eleanor Tutt 

Eleanor Tutt is the open data and knowledge manager at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Person

Greta Byrum 

Greta Byrum (gretabyrum.com) is a Senior Field Analyst for the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation, where she works on collaborative technology design strategies. She is currently working with groups in Detroit and New York to bu…

Person Urban Innovation Fund

Julie Lein 

Julie Lein has a background in polling and political consulting. She has co-founded venture capital firm, The Urban Innovation Fund, and urban ventures accelerator, Tumml.

Person Citi Foundation

Brandee McHale 

Brandee joined Citi in 1991 and has a long history in both business management and philanthropy. Before joining the Citi Foundation, she served as the Director of Operations for Citi Community Capital. Earlier assignments included a series of increa…

Person Meeting of the Minds

Jessie Feller Hahn 

Jessie Feller is the Managing Director of Meeting of the Minds. She is an experienced urban planner, specializing in urban-regional policy with a particular focus on sustainability and clean energy. Previously, Jessie launched the successful Regiona…

Person Urban Institute

Sarah Rosen Wartell  

Sarah Rosen Wartell is the third President of the Urban Institute. A public policy executive and housing markets expert, Sarah was formerly deputy assistant to the president for Economic Policy and deputy director of the National Economic Council.

Person CivTech St. Louis

Laura Kinsell-Baer 

CivTech St. Louis is a nonprofit working closely with St. Louis' local government jurisdictions that is focused on introducing technology- and user-based solutions into everyday inefficiencies in government.