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Sam Liccardo

Mayor

City of San José, CA

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Sam Liccardo

Mayor

City of San José, CA

Mayor Liccardo is a long-time San Josean, and the 65th Mayor of our city. Since taking office in 2015, he has worked diligently to build a safer, stronger, and more prosperous city.

In 2018, San Jose residents re-elected Sam to serve a second term as Mayor. 

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Jorge Elorza

Mayor

City of Providence, RI

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Jorge Elorza

Mayor

City of Providence, RI

As Providence’s 38th Mayor, Jorge O. Elorza is driven by the belief that the strength of a community lies in the ability of its residents to share equally in its growth and progress. Since taking office in January 2015, Mayor Elorza has prioritized social, economic, educational, financial, and health equity and opportunities for Providence neighbors and businesses.

Understanding that our society benefits when every person can rise, succeed, and be heard, Mayor Elorza is confident there is no better investment Providence can make than in the future of its youth. By making long-term investments in Providence’s schools and students, Mayor Elorza is inspiring the next generation to learn and empowering them to succeed by supporting them inside the classroom and outside.

Mayor Elorza believes in empowering the voices of residents to ensure that the City’s investments should support our businesses and residents with resources to grow and advance, so they can face new challenges. This requires a thoughtful approach that fosters integrity and equity across all departments and work. Through innovative workforce development programs and public-private partnerships, Mayor Elorza is preparing Providence’s workforce to meet the changing demands of our 21st-century economy while creating equitable and sustainable employment opportunities for all residents.

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Chasity Wells-Armstrong

Mayor

City of Kankakee, IL

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Chasity Wells-Armstrong

Mayor

City of Kankakee, IL

On April 4, 2017, she was elected Mayor of the City of Kankakee, becoming the city’s first African-American mayor and only the second woman elected to serve the city of Kankakee in the Mayor’s office. Since becoming Mayor, Chasity initiated the Kankakee Forward agenda which consists of a comprehensive plan to foster transformational change by creating operational efficiencies to improve services, enhancing public safety, fostering a business-friendly environment and addressing racial inequity.

Having worked for two Members of Congress, Chasity realized that developing best practices and expanding networks outside her city would serve Kankakee well in expanding opportunities for its residents. As a result, she joined the National League of Cities and serves on the Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee and Small Cities Council. Additionally, she has raised the platform of Kankakee to serve as the pilot for small cities within the Cities United initiative which is a coalition of mayors across the country working to reduce gun violence among African-American males. Prior to being elected Mayor, Chasity served two years on the City Council on the economic development, community development agency, and license/franchise committees. During her tenure, she was able to identify resources and best practices that addressed the needs of her constituents.

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Eric Garcetti

Mayor

City of Los Angeles, CA

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Eric Garcetti

Mayor

City of Los Angeles, CA

Eric Garcetti is a fourth-generation Angeleno and the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley — the son of public servants and the grandson and great-grandson of immigrants from Mexico and Eastern Europe — Mayor Garcetti’s life has been shaped by a deep commitment to the core values of justice, dignity, and equality for all people.

These ideals have fueled the Mayor’s relentless drive to fulfill our common obligation: to give children and families of every race, faith, background, and income the chance to get a good education, live on safe streets, earn a decent wage, breathe clean air and drink clean water, receive affordable medical and child care, and build a future of their own choosing.

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Marty Walsh

Mayor

City of Boston, MA

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Marty Walsh

Mayor

City of Boston, MA

Martin J. Walsh, a lifelong champion of working people and a proud product of the City of Boston, is the City’s 54th mayor. Mayor Walsh was sworn in to serve a second term on January 1, 2018.

Mayor Walsh’s vision is of a thriving, healthy, and innovative Boston — a City with equality and opportunity for all, where a revolutionary history inspires creative solutions to the challenges of the 21st century.

Since taking office, Mayor Walsh has focused on strengthening Boston’s schools, adding hundreds of high-quality pre-kindergarten seats, funding extended learning time and advanced curriculum at more schools, and securing tuition-free community college for Boston Public Schools graduates.

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Nan Whaley

Mayor

City of Dayton, OH

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Nan Whaley

Mayor

City of Dayton, OH

Nan Whaley is proud to choose Dayton as her home. Originally from Indiana, Nan attended the University of Dayton where she graduated in 1998 and soon settled in the Five Oaks neighborhood where she and her husband Sam reside today.

Her career is distinguished by her commitment to public service, civic involvement and interest in local government. First elected to the Dayton City Commission in 2005, Nan was the youngest women ever chosen for a commission seat. She was proud to be elected as Dayton’s mayor in 2013 by a double-digit majority. As mayor, she has focused on the areas of community development, manufacturing, and women and children.

Nan is a national leader among her peers serving as the Second Vice President for the US Conference of Mayors as well as the Chair of the International Committee for the conference. Nan is also a founding board member for the Ohio’s Mayor Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of Ohio’s 30 largest cities.

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Nellie M. Gorbea

Secretary of State

RI Department of State

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Nellie M. Gorbea

Secretary of State

RI Department of State

Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea made history when she was sworn in on January 6, 2015, becoming the first Hispanic elected to statewide office in New England. A proven leader who is taking on some of the toughest issues and getting results, she was re-elected to serve a second term in office on November 6, 2018. Secretary Gorbea believes government should work for people. As Secretary of State she has promoted increased civic engagement and government accessibility.

In 2017, she worked to pass automated voter registration, making Rhode Island the ninth state in the country to do so. She also improved Rhode Island’s elections infrastructure by implementing online voter registration and securing funding for modern voting technologies like electronic poll books. She has positioned the state as a national leader in elections cybersecurity. Her work to increase voter engagement, especially among new and young voters, is already seeing results. Rhode Island saw a 64 percent increase from 2014 to 2018 in the number of voters ages 18-20 voting in the general election.

Understanding the importance of preserving and highlighting Rhode Island’s rich and diverse history, Secretary Gorbea has initiated the development of a new State Archives to help Rhode Islanders understand and appreciate their state’s great history. She has also developed civics and history resources for teachers to use in the classroom, including collections of primary source archival documents, a Rhode Island historical timeline, and infographics about how government works in Rhode Island. These efforts are complemented by experiential learning offerings such as the High School Elections program, which offers schools the opportunity to hold their student government elections with real ballots and voting machines.

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Eric Boyette

Secretary of Transportation

North Carolina

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Eric Boyette

Secretary of Transportation

North Carolina

Eric Boyette was appointed secretary of the N.C. Department of Transportation in February 2020.

With more than 20 years of experience in state government, Boyette began his career with NCDOT and served in several leadership roles, including chief information officer, inspector general and Division of Motor Vehicles commissioner.

In April 2017, Boyette was appointed as secretary and state chief information officer at the N.C. Department of Information Technology. In this role, he led the state department responsible for all IT procurement, state cybersecurity, operational services, broadband infrastructure, solutions division, data analytics center, the N.C. 911 Board and strategic IT planning. He previously served as the deputy state chief information officer for solution delivery for NCDIT.

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Trevor Timmons

IT Director

State of Colorado

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Trevor Timmons

IT Director

State of Colorado

Trevor Timmons has served the Colorado Secretary of State as Chief Information Officer since 2007 after eight years as Deputy CIO and Director of Software Development. During the time Mr. Timmons has served under several Secretaries of State, Colorado has gained a national reputation in several areas including elections administration, business registrations, and cyber security operations.

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Dana Berchman

Chief Digital Officer

City of Gilbert, AZ

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Dana Berchman

Chief Digital Officer

City of Gilbert, AZ

Gilbert’s Chief Digital Officer Dana Berchman is the recipient of the 2017 Granicus Digital Strategy Awards’ for Modern Government Leadership. The Modern Government Leadership Award recognizes individual leaders demonstrating use of modern digital trends and initiating a meaningful change in the relationship between a government organization and its citizens.

Dana Berchman joined Gilbert, Arizona as the first Chief Digital Officer in 2012 and immediately put an emphasis on increasing digital communications internally and externally. From implementing coding contests for teenagers to launching an open data platform, Berchman has been rethinking how to emphasize the use of digital tools to connect with the public. Most recently, Berchman created a podcast and led an effort to launch a 311 app and promote its use on digital platforms, increasing community outreach and enhancing the City’s connection to the public.

“The Granicus Digital Strategy Awards honors organizations leading the digital transformation within the public sector,” said Mark Hynes, CEO of Granicus. “From launching a worldwide interactive text platform to keep travelers informed of risks associated with the Zika virus, to revamping local government web platforms to allow citizens to easily apply for permits, these organizations are changing the relationship between government and the people they serve. We are proud to celebrate this year’s Digital Strategy winners and elevate the important work they do for their communities.”

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Andrew Ehrich

Chief Data Officer

City of San José, CA

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Andrew Ehrich

Chief Data Officer

City of San José, CA

Andrew Ehrich is the Chief Data Officer of the City of San Jose.

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Mitch Landrieu

Former Mayor

City of New Orleans, LA

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Mitch Landrieu

Former Mayor

City of New Orleans, LA

Mitchell Joseph Landrieu is an American attorney and politician who was Mayor of New Orleans from 2010 to 2018. A Democrat, Landrieu served as Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana from 2004 to 2010.

He is the son of former New Orleans mayor and Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Moon Landrieu and the brother of former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu. In 2007, he won a second term as lieutenant governor in the October 20, 2007 nonpartisan blanket primary by defeating two RepublicansState Representative Gary J. Beard and singer Sammy Kershaw.

He was elected Mayor of New Orleans on February 6, 2010, garnering 66 percent of the citywide vote and claiming victory in 365 of the city’s 366 voting precincts. He was reelected mayor on February 1, 2014, with nearly 64 percent of the vote in a three-candidate field and became the first Mayor to win both elections without a runoff and to be elected by majorities of both white and black voters.

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Andrew Ching

City Manager

City of Tempe, AZ

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Andrew Ching

City Manager

City of Tempe, AZ

Andrew Ching began serving the City as City Manager in April 2013, following his appointment as Interim City Manager in January 2013. He served as the City Attorney from August 2006 to January 2013. Andrew started his career in the Tempe City Attorney’s Office as a volunteer in 1992, became a law clerk in 1993 and served as a contract attorney from 1995 to 1996. He left briefly from 1996 to 1998 to work in the Mesa City Prosecutor’s Office, where he was named Prosecutor of the Year in 1997.

Returning to the city, Andrew worked as Assistant City Attorney from 1998 to 2005, and was named Senior Assistant City Attorney in 2004. He left the city in 2005 to work as an associate at Phoenix firm Moyes Storey in the areas of civil litigation, land use litigation, zoning law and local government law.

Andrew was born in Tucson and raised in Tempe, and has been a Tempe resident for over 30 years. He received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in 1991 and earned a law degree from Arizona State University in 1994.

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Molly Cohen

Interim Director, Office of Financial Empowerment

City of San Francisco, CA

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Molly Cohen

Interim Director, Office of Financial Empowerment

City of San Francisco, CA

Molly Cohen serves as the interim director of the San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment after previous roles in the San Francisco Treasurer’s Office, the New York City Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council. She is passionate about financial empowerment, wealth building, books, and baked goods (and wants to hear your thoughts and recommendations on all these topics).

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Jill North Mariani

Innovation and New Technology Program Manager

City of San José, CA

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Jill North Mariani

Innovation and New Technology Program Manager

City of San José, CA

Since joining the City of San Jose in 2017, Jill has worked to connect Autonomous Vehicle technology to provide solutions for underserved populations. As the Innovation and New Technology Program Manager for the Department of Transportation, she is no stranger to how emerging technology can change the way people experience the world around them. After 5 years as a Program Manager for Streetview at Google Maps, Jill has brought her expertise leveraging technology to make San Jose the most innovative city in America. A native of Illinois, Jill earned her Bachelor of Business Administration at Illinois State University in 2007. In 2014, she was granted the National CEO Award of Excellence for her Streetview collaboration with Parks Canada. Beyond her professional life, Jill enjoys footgolf and the Oakland A’s.

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Ron Galperin

City Controller

City of Los Angeles, CA

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Ron Galperin

City Controller

City of Los Angeles, CA

Elected in 2013 and again in 2017, Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin is the taxpayers’ watchdog at City Hall, making sure public dollars are spent efficiently and effectively. He is also the elected paymaster, auditor and chief accounting officer for the City of Los Angeles.

Galperin oversees a team that conducts independent audits, manages City payroll and spending, prepares financial reports, pursues fraud and waste, and works to create a more transparent and accountable city for everyone. His reports are improving street maintenance, arts funding, management of special funds, outreach and housing for those experiencing homelessness, L.A.’s trees, emergency services and many other City functions.

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Patrick Duhaney

City Manager

City of Virginia Beach, VA

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Patrick Duhaney

City Manager

City of Virginia Beach, VA

Patrick A. Duhaney joined the City of Virginia Beach as city manager in July, 2020.
Prior to taking on his new role, he served as city manager of Cincinnati, Ohio, where he had been employed since 2009. While there, Duhaney served in a variety of roles, including contract compliance specialist, chief procurement officer and assistant city manager.
Before his work in local government, Duhaney served in the U.S. Army on active duty and in reserve capacity from 1999 to 2015 under combat engineer and ordnance commands. He also worked for a community development financial institution in Cincinnati, where he served as a program officer responsible for issuing community development loans, oversaw the local LISC office’s loan portfolio, and worked to bring resources to aid in the redevelopment of Cincinnati neighborhoods. Duhaney has served on numerous boards in Cincinnati pertaining to neighborhood economic development and redevelopment and chaired the City of Cincinnati’s Minority/Small/Women Business Enterprise Advisory Board.
Duhaney holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Urban Studies from the Cleveland State University and master’s in Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati. He is a graduate of the Urban League’s African-American Leadership Development Program. He is also a certified Economic Development Finance Professional and a Certified Public Procurement Buyer issued by the National Institute for Government Procurement (NIGP).

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Karina Ricks

Director, Department of Mobility and Infrastructure

City of Pittsburgh, PA

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Karina Ricks

Director, Department of Mobility and Infrastructure

City of Pittsburgh, PA

Karina Ricks formally served as the Director of Transportation Planning for the District of Columbia before becoming the inaugural director of the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure. The Department of Mobility and Infrastructure purview includes design and implementation of a “complete network”; resiliency projects around landslides and flooding; policies and programs to manage emerging transportation including shared services and autonomous vehicles; and strategies to address long term sustainability. A graduate of Cornell University, Michigan State University, and a Fulbright Scholar. Karina resides in Squirrel Hill.

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Dr. Lomax Campbell

Director, Mayor's Office of Community Wealth Building

City of Rochester, NY

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Dr. Lomax Campbell

Director, Mayor's Office of Community Wealth Building

City of Rochester, NY

Dr. Lomax R. Campbell, MBA, PMP® , LSSBB, RYT® – Lomax has 17 years of experience in small business entrepreneurship, higher education, and government administration. His expertise encompasses management, organizational culture change, ethnic psychology, urban entrepreneurship, and inclusive workforce and economic development. As Director of the Mayor’s Office of Community Wealth Building, he is tasked with serving a diverse residential and small business clientele to foster equitable economic growth and create opportunities that make Rochester’s economic recovery more inclusive. Beyond his role with the City, Lomax is a Co-Founder and Africologist at Ballet Afrikana: Dance Preparatory Academy, Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Black-Owned Business (BOB) Rochester, and serves on the boards for several public organizations. These include Greater Rochester Black Business Alliance, Inc. (Co-Founder and Board President), Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Rochester (Marketing Committee), Owner-Worker Network (OWN) Rochester (City Liaison), and Gamma Iota Boule Foundation, Inc. (Economic Development Committee Chair). Lomax received a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Media Marketing with a concentration in Chinese Language (Mandarin) and Culture, as well as an Executive Masters of Business Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology Saunders College of Business. He earned a Doctor of Management degree from University of Maryland Global Campus (Dissertation Title: “The strategic importance of cultural fit between organizations and niche markets in 21st century nations: A systematic review of cultural congruence” © 2019). He also holds an executive education certificate in Leading Economic Growth from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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Dolan Beckel

Director, Civic Innovation and Digital Strategy

City of San José, CA

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Dolan Beckel

Director, Civic Innovation and Digital Strategy

City of San José, CA

Dolan Beckel is the Director of the Office of Civic Innovation and Digital Strategy.  This office is responsible for piloting and implementing organizational, process, and technology solutions that range from small experiments in smart city solutions to large scale deployments that drive value across the entire City.  Dolan’s team is responsible for formulating and driving the City’s Smart City Roadmap.

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Nicole Raimundo Couglin

Chief Information Officer

Town of Cary, NC

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Nicole Raimundo Couglin

Chief Information Officer

Town of Cary, NC

Nicole is an award-winning technology executive who is the principal strategist & architect for information technology & digital marketing across the organization. She is at the forefront of the Smart Cities movement, creating a connected community through piloting and implementing IoT technologies.

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Terry Yates

CGCIO, Smart Cities & IT Project Manager

Town of Cary, NC

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Terry Yates

CGCIO, Smart Cities & IT Project Manager

Town of Cary, NC

Terry Yates serves as the Smart Cities Program Manager for Cary, North Carolina. He has more than 26 years of experience in voice, data and security systems within North Carolina Local Government. This includes extensive work implementing various business, traffic, scada, public safety and fiber optic networks. He has been responsible for Cary’s mobility program with telecommunications and wireless carrier providers, and is involved with the North Carolina Triangle Region’s Google and AT&T Gigabit Broadband projects. Terry has led various multi-million dollar projects and in now focused on Smart Cities initiatives for Cary.  He has served on various appointed boards, task forces and committees and is a Certified NC Government Chief Information Officer.

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Manuel Pila

Economic Developer

City of Doral, FL

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Manuel Pila

Economic Developer

City of Doral, FL

The Economic Development division is devoted to elevating Doral as a world-class international and domestic destination for trade and commerce. The Economic Development division plans, organizes, and implements an economic development program to promote the growth and development of the City’s economic base. This division assists in the retention and expansion of existing businesses, builds relationships with business and government, and vigorously seeks out new businesses for the City. The Economic Development division oversees Doral’s Sister Cities program, produces business development activities, promotes entrepreneurial education and administers the City’s grants programs.

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Mark Hartman

Sustainability Director

City of Phoenix, AZ

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Mark Hartman

Sustainability Director

City of Phoenix, AZ

The City of Phoenix selected Mark Hartman, a native of Canada, to become the first Chief Sustainability Officer in June 2014 thanks to his extensive experience in corporate and community sustainability, including his almost decade-long experience as the City of Vancouver Green Building Program Manager. Mark was aiding Vancouver’s ambition to become the greenest city by 2020 by heading the city’s carbon neutral building strategy and its green building code. Now that he is in Phoenix, Mark, a LEED accredited professional and M.B.A. graduate, is using the lessons he learned in Canada to lead the effort in making Phoenix a global frontrunner in sustainability, and as of recently, the next steps are to add social and economic aims to the 2050 Environmental Goals passed in April 2016.

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Dr. Marie Peoples

Deputy County Manager

Coconino County, AZ

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Dr. Marie Peoples

Deputy County Manager

Coconino County, AZ

Dr. Marie Peoples serves as Deputy County Manager, and previously served as the Chief Health Officer for Coconino County Public Health Services District. Dr. Peoples strives to provide visionary leadership, developing strategies to further the department’s mission and collaborating with leaders across the community to improve health outcomes. Dr. Peoples develops innovative approaches to address public health and social issues. She works to empower women and minorities and to advocate for equitable access to care with a goal of eliminating health disparities between populations.

Dr. Peoples serves as a member of the Coconino Community College Governing Board, is a recipient of the Emerging Leader in Rural Women’s Health award, the Gabe Zimmerman Civic Leadership award, and is a Flinn-Brown fellow.

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Dr. Destiny Thomas

Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Thrivance Project

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Dr. Destiny Thomas

Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Thrivance Project

Dr. Destiny Thomas is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Thrivance Group. An Anthropologist Planner from Oakland, CA, Dr. Thomas, has a combined 6 years of experience working in a Project Manager capacity within government agencies. These roles include 3.5 years as a Caltrans Environmental Planner (based in Fresno, CA) and 2.5 years as a Transportation Planner with the City of Los Angeles. In addition to this, Dr. Thomas has 7 years of experience leading key advancements in racial equity initiatives across the state by way of community organizing, policy writing, and non-profit management in communities that have been most impacted by racial inequities.

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Jerry Buckwalter

Chief Operating and Strategy Officer

American Society of Civil Engineers

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Jerry Buckwalter

Chief Operating and Strategy Officer

American Society of Civil Engineers

Gerald E. “Jerry” Buckwalter will join the ASCE staff in a new role, Chief Operating and Strategy Officer, effective June 4.

Buckwalter will be responsible for helping to shape the Society’s strategic direction and operational effectiveness. Among his key early responsibilities will be continued oversight of ASCE’s new Future World Vision project. He will also oversee several areas of internal operations, including finance and administration, engineering and lifelong learning, and human resources.

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Sarah de Guia

CEO

ChangeLab Solutions

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Sarah de Guia

CEO

ChangeLab Solutions

As chief executive officer, Sarah de Guia oversees development and implementation of ChangeLab Solutions’ long-term goals, priorities, strategies, and budget. She is committed to applying her legal expertise and leadership experience to advancing equitable laws and policies that ensure healthy lives for all.

Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, Sarah worked at the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN), first as director of government affairs and then as executive director. Sarah developed and implemented CPEHN’s policy, community partnership, and research goals. She also expanded the organization through creation of a Southern California office and increasing the number of permanent staff members in Sacramento. Sarah’s accomplishments during her tenure at CPEHN include passage of more than a dozen legislative bills to further health equity; critical administrative policy wins to incorporate health equity into land use and planning regulations; and improving the quality of health care for immigrants, patients with limited English proficiency, and communities of color. She has authored many publications on the health of communities of color in California, oral health disparities, mental health, and Latino health. Prior to working at CPEHN, Sarah was a health program director at Latino Issues Forum and a legislative analyst at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

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Elle Hempen

Co-founder & CEO

The Atlas

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Elle Hempen

Co-founder & CEO

The Atlas

Elle has spent her career making it easier for the public and private sectors to work together to solve problems. Prior to co-founding The Atlas, Elle served as the Director of Strategy & Partnership at re:focus partners, where she managed a $3 million grant program. She also served as Special Assistant and Communications Director in the U.S. EPA’s Office of International and Tribal Affairs, where she managed an initiative that facilitated city-to-city learning on urban innovation, designed a program that supported environmental entrepreneurship, and developed a strategy that educated stakeholders about EPA’s international success stories. Elle is a USMC spouse, dog-mom to Hugo and Charlie and lover of flat water.

Elle has an MBA with a marketing concentration from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and a B.A. in Public Policy from the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

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Jenn Park

Director, Certification and Community

What Works Cities

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Jenn Park

Director, Certification and Community

What Works Cities

Jennifer Park is the Director of Certification and Community for What Works Cities. She previously served as coordinator for the Work on Purpose program at Echoing Green, a nonprofit with the mission to unleash next generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems. In this role, she supported the design and execution of multiple process-based projects to improve the program’s goal to transform the way people make their biggest life and work decisions that are both right for them and good for the world. She also helped to develop and launch the first-of-its-kind interdisciplinary pro-social conference, Purpose360, that hosted 80 leaders and experts in the emerging purpose field. Prior to joining Echoing Green, Jennifer inhabited the world of political and advocacy campaigning, working with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Organizing for America and the Presidential Inaugural Committee. Jennifer attended the University of Southern California and Villanova University.

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Jennifer Bradley

Director, Center for Urban Innovation

Aspen Institute

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Jennifer Bradley

Director, Center for Urban Innovation

Aspen Institute

Jennifer Bradley is the founding director of the Center for Urban Innovation and the co-author, with Bruce Katz, of The Metropolitan Revolution (Brookings Press, 2013).  At the Center for Urban Innovation, she has led projects on: how local-level regulations can help or hinder innovation and economic inclusion; how cities can prepare for the advent of autonomous vehicles; how inclusive innovation happens in businesses, philanthropies, local governments, and non-profits; and the challenges that women and people of color have in accessing capital.

Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Jennifer was a fellow at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program, where she worked on the role of metropolitan areas in the nation’s economy and politics.  She has also spoken widely about urban issues, at The Aspen Ideas Festival, South by Southwest, the Code for America Summit, and Techonomy, and her essays have appeared in Newsweek, The New Republic, The Atlantic Monthly, and Next American City.

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Bing Liu

Director of Oscar-nominated documentary film

"Minding the Gap"

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Bing Liu

Director of Oscar-nominated documentary film

"Minding the Gap"

Bing is a Chicago-based director and cinematographer who Variety Magazine listed as one of 10 documentary filmmakers to watch. His 2018 critically acclaimed documentary Minding the Gap has earned a total of 28 award recognitions since its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where it took home the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking. He is also a segment director on America To Me, a 10-hour documentary series examining racial inequities in America’s education system, set to premiere on Starz. Bing was a member of the International Cinematographers Guild for seven years, working alongside master directors of photography including John Toll, Matthew Libatique, and Wally Pfister. Bing is a 2017 Film Independent Fellow and Garrett Scott Development Grant recipient and has a B.A. in Literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Rick Jacobs

President and CEO

Accelerator for America

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Rick Jacobs

President and CEO

Accelerator for America

Rick’s career as a Fortune 500, government and non-profit executive underscores the Accelerator’s mission to bridge the public and private sectors to connect people with fulfilling work. He served as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Deputy Chief of Staff and separately founded and is a board member of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, which in the past three years has raised $32 million to modernize government and support innovative strategies to connect youth with jobs and revitalize communities. After working at the Mayor’s office, Rick ran the successful Measure M campaign which generates $120 billion for construction and operations.

Rick founded and was Chair of the national advocacy group Courage Campaign and founded and was CEO of Newstar, Inc., which worked in Russia with companies like Lockheed and Marriott. He was Vice President and Assistant to Occidental Petroleum founder and Chairman/CEO Dr. Armand Hammer. He is a graduate of Georgetown University.

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Stefaan G. Verhulst

Co-Founder and Chief Research and Development Officer

The GovLab

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Stefaan G. Verhulst

Co-Founder and Chief Research and Development Officer

The GovLab

Stefaan G. Verhulst is Co-Founder and Chief Research and Development Officer of the Governance Laboratory (The GovLab) at New York University (NYU) – an action research center focused on improving governance using advances in science and technology – including data and collective intelligence.

He is also, among other positions and affiliation, the Editor-in-Chief of Data & Policy, an open access journal by Cambridge University Press; the research director of the MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance; Chair of the Data for Children Collaborative with Unicef; and a member of the High-Level Expert Group to the European Commission on Business-to-Government Data Sharing.

He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), Yale University, Central European University and serves on numerous (advisory) boards, including Sparks and HoneyCenter for Media, Data and Society, among others. He is also Founder and Curator in Chief of The Living Library.

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Dr. Amy Liu

Vice President and Director - Metropolitan Policy Program

Brookings Institution

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Dr. Amy Liu

Vice President and Director - Metropolitan Policy Program

Brookings Institution

Amy Liu is vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings and the Adeline M. and Alfred I. Johnson Chair in Urban and Metropolitan Policy. She is a national expert on cities and metropolitan areas adept at translating research and insights into action on the ground. As director of the Metropolitan Policy Program, which Liu co-founded in 1996, she pioneered the program’s signature approach to state and local engagements, which uses rigorous research to inform strategies for economic growth and opportunity. Liu has worked directly on such strategies with scores of public, private, and philanthropic sector leaders in regions around the country, including Chicago, Detroit, Louisville, San Diego, and Birmingham.

Liu frequently writes about inclusive economic growth, the fortunes of mid-sized cities and small towns, and the intersection of economic, workforce, and community development policies. Liu recently authored “Remaking Economic Development” which argues that leaders must adopt a broader vision of economic development that can deliver growth, prosperity, and inclusion for all residents. In 2011, Liu was lead editor of “Resilience and Opportunity: Lessons from the Gulf Coast after Katrina and Rita,” which built on her co-authorship of the New Orleans Index, a multi-year series of reports that tracked New Orleans’ progress in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Liu is frequently cited in top media outlets such as the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, and NPR.

Liu also has extensive experience working with states and the federal government to develop policies and strategies to support cities and metropolitan areas. In 2013, Liu served as a special advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, guiding policy priorities related to trade, innovation, and data. Prior to her work at Brookings, Liu was Special Assistant to HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros and staffed the U.S. Senate Banking Committee’s subcommittee on housing and urban affairs.

Liu serves on the board of Equal Measure, a nonprofit that helps local and national organizations advance social change and for ACT of Alexandria, a local community foundation.

Liu holds a degree in social policy and urban studies from Northwestern University. In 2015, she completed the High Impact Leadership Program at Columbia Business School.

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Katrina Forrest, J.D

Co-Executive Director

CityHealth

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Katrina Forrest, J.D

Co-Executive Director

CityHealth

Katrina is the Co-Executive Director of CityHealth. Before joining CityHealth, Katrina served as both Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for At-Large D.C. Councilmember David Grosso. In that role, she co-managed a team of 10 and drafted more than 40 pieces of original legislation. She was responsible for leveraging community relationships to drive the Councilmember’s legislative agenda and policy priorities, as well as representing the Councilmember before government agencies, community partners, advocates, and individuals. Before her work in local and state government, Katrina served as a Compliance Manager with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC).

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Trinity Simons

Director

Mayors Institute on City Design

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Trinity Simons

Director

Mayors Institute on City Design

The Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD) is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the United States Conference of Mayors. Since 1986, the Mayors’ Institute has helped transform communities through design by preparing mayors to be the chief urban designers of their cities.

MICD achieves its mission by organizing technical assistance workshops where mayors engage leading design and development experts to find solutions to the most critical planning and design challenges facing their cities. Sessions are organized around case study projects. Each mayor presents a project from his or her city and receives feedback from other mayors and design professionals.

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Jordy Yager

Founder

National Mapping Inequality Project

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Jordy Yager

Founder

National Mapping Inequality Project

Jordy Yager is a freelance journalist raised in Charlottesville, who earned his M.A. in journalism from Boston University. For six years, he covered Congress and the federal government in Washington, D.C.. Since 2013, Jordy has focused on issues of equity and racial disparities in his hometown.

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Bo McCall

Chief of DataKC, City Manager’s Office

City of Kansas City, MO

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Bo McCall

Chief of DataKC, City Manager’s Office

City of Kansas City, MO

Bo McCall is a performance analyst with DataKC in the City Manager’s Office for the City of Kansas City, Missouri. Bo supports DataKC’s initiatives around data-informed decision-making and data storytelling. DataKC’s services include facilitating citywide data analysis and process improvement projects, administering resident, business and employee satisfaction surveys, managing the City’s open data portal and designing curriculum for the City’s Data Academy for employees. Bo currently leads the City’s random control trial programming and plain language efforts to make City forms easier for residents to act on and understand. Recently, Bo has coordinated surveying efforts for the City’s new teleworking workforce and helped develop an alternative work pilot program that helps connect City employees with temporary, COVID-19-related opportunities in the City’s Health Department. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree, with an emphasis in performance management, from the University of Kansas and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Kansas.

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Natalie Foster

Co-chair and Co-founder

Economic Security Project

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Natalie Foster

Co-chair and Co-founder

Economic Security Project

Natalie is the co-chair and co-founder of the Economic Security Project, a network to support exploration and experimentation of a guaranteed income, and a senior fellow at the The Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative.

In 2013, Natalie was founding CEO of Peers.org to support people who work in the gig economy. Prior, she was the CEO and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, a platform for people–driven economic change, with Van Jones.

Previously, Natalie served as digital director for President Obama’s Organizing for America (OFA) and the Democratic National Committee. Natalie built the first digital department at the Sierra Club and served as the deputy organizing director for MoveOn.org.

She’s been awarded fellowships at Institute for the Future, Rockwood Leadership Institute and New America California, and is a board member of the California Budget and Policy Center, the Change.org global foundation, and Liberation in a Generation, a project to close the racial wealth gap.

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Kirsten Delegard, Ph.D.

Project Director, The Mapping Prejudice Project

University of Minnesota Libraries

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Kirsten Delegard, Ph.D.

Project Director, The Mapping Prejudice Project

University of Minnesota Libraries

Kirsten Delegard is one of the co-founders of the Mapping Prejudice Project. She received her Ph.D. in history from Duke University, where she trained as a women’s historian. In her early research, she explored the history of women and politics. More recently she has devoted her energy to public history and unearthing the complex past of her hometown, Minneapolis This focus led to Mapping Prejudice and the Historyapolis Project, which Delegard also started.

Mapping Prejudice is located in the John R. Borchert Map Library at the University of Minnesota. Delegard also holds faculty affiliations with the Department of Geography, Environment and Society and the Heritage Studies and Public History Program at the University of Minnesota. She was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Humanities and has been a Legacy Research fellow at the Gale Library at the Minnesota Historical Society.

As part of her exploration of the past in Minneapolis, Delegard has written about Prince and the battles over pornography in the city . She also composed many short pieces for the Historyapolis website.

In 2012, the University of Pennsylvania Press published her book, Battling Miss Bolsheviki: The Origins of Female Conservatism in the United States. This book revisits the 1920s to chart the growth of a conservative women’s movement that would reshape the parameters of female political activism for the remainder of the twentieth century. Delegard was also the co-editor, with Nancy A. Hewitt, for the two volume textbook Women, Families and Communities: Readings in American History (Longman Publishing, 2008). She was also part of the team behind Mary Wingerd’s North Country: The Making of Minnesota (University of Minnesota Press, 2010). Delegard was the image curator for that volume, writing a series of interpretive essays that explained the visuals.

In her spare time, Delegard thinks about writing a new history of Minneapolis that she has tentatively titled City of Light and Darkness: The Making of a Progressive Metropolis in Minneapolis

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David Williams

Policy Outreach Director

Opportunity Insights

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David Williams

Policy Outreach Director

Opportunity Insights

David A. Williams serves as the Director of Policy Outreach at Opportunity Insights, a research and public policy lab based at Harvard University dedicated to using big data to improve upward mobility in America. He is tasked with supporting research and evidence-based policy change by creating and leading partnerships with communities across the country. Current projects include Creating Moves to Opportunity, a national housing mobility initiative, and the Charlotte Opportunity Initiative, a community-wide place-based initiative aimed at improving economic opportunity throughout Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

Before joining Opportunity Insights, David served as a senior advisor to the Mayor of Detroit. David was a member of the Mayor’s economic development team, managing large-scale real estate and community revitalization projects, neighborhood planning initiatives, and policies related to economic mobility, land use, and equitable development.

David received an AB from Harvard College and a JD from Harvard Law School where he served as President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, focusing much of his energy on anti-foreclosure and anti-eviction law and policy. He has also served as an affordable housing and community development attorney and a non-profit management consultant.

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Zach Markovits

Director, City Progress

What Works Cities

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Zach Markovits

Director, City Progress

What Works Cities

Zachary Markovits is the Director of City Progress for the What Works Cities initiative. He previously served as the Manager of Election Initiatives at The Pew Charitable Trusts where he led Pew’s elections performance portfolio–working with states, counties, and municipalities to use data to drive better decision-making and policy—as well as the Voting Information Project–an open government project partnering Google, the states, and municipalities across the U.S. to ensure that all Americans have the ability to find official voting information wherever they look. Previously, Zach worked out of the University of California’s Survey Research Center and served as a community organizer in the south side of Providence, Rhode Island.

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Emily Feenstra

Managing Director of Government Relations and Infrastructure

American Society of Civil Engineers

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Emily Feenstra

Managing Director of Government Relations and Infrastructure

American Society of Civil Engineers

Emily Feenstra is responsible for overseeing ASCE government relations, including federal and state legislative affairs, regulatory affairs, grassroots, and policy development in addition to media relations. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and a master’s in Public Administration from the University of Washington.

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Ben Green

Author, The Smart Enough

Affiliate, the Berman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard

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Ben Green

Author, The Smart Enough

Affiliate, the Berman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard

Ben Green is a PhD Candidate in Applied Math at Harvard, also pursuing a secondary field in Science, Technology, and Society. He is an Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard and a Research Fellow at the AI Now Institute at NYU. Ben studies the social and policy impacts of data science, with a focus on algorithmic fairness, municipal governments, and the criminal justice system. His book, The Smart Enough City: Putting Technology in Its Place to Reclaim Our Urban Future, was published in 2019 by MIT Press.

Ben’s research draws on his experience working with data and technology in city government. He spent a year working for the Citywide Analytics Team in the City of Boston, where he combined data and performance analysis to improve public services and civic engagement. Ben previously worked at the University of Chicago Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship, where he developed a machine learning system to enhance the City of Memphis’ urban revitalization efforts. He also spent a year at the New Haven Department of Transportation, Traffic, and Parking, where he managed the deployment of new parking meter payment technology.

Ben completed his undergraduate degree in Mathematics & Physics at Yale University. His graduate work has been funded by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and the Herbert Winokur SEAS Graduate Fellowship.

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Brooks Rainwater

Senior Executive & Director, Center for City Solutions

National League of Cities

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Brooks Rainwater

Senior Executive & Director, Center for City Solutions

National League of Cities

Brooks Rainwater is the senior executive and director of the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Center for City Solutions. Rainwater drives the organization’s research agenda, community engagement efforts, and leadership education programming to help city leaders create strong local economies, safe and vibrant neighborhoods, world-class infrastructure, and a sustainable environment.

As an advocate for strong local leadership, Rainwater has published numerous reports and articles on innovative solutions that lead to vibrant and successful cities. He also speaks regularly across the country and overseas on issues facing city leaders. Rainwater’s recent research and interests include advancements in technology and city innovation, the sharing economy, and how the rise of state preemption is impacting local authority.

Rainwater’s expertise is a draw for media outlets, including the TODAY Show, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, CNN, NPR, and the New York Times. He also frequently contributes to publications such as Fast Company, Forbes, CityLab, Business Insider, TechCrunch, and Fortune.

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Stephanie Román

Senior Program Associate, Elections

Democracy Fund

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Stephanie Román

Senior Program Associate, Elections

Democracy Fund

Stephanie Román is a Senior Program Associate for Elections at Democracy Fund, an independent foundation working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. Focusing on building trust in elections, Stephanie works with the Elections Program in its efforts to ensure that the views and votes of citizens come first in our democracy.

Prior to joining Democracy Fund, Stephanie was a Policy Advisor with the Policy Analysis Center at UnidosUS, the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization. There, she worked on multiple policy issues including civil rights, higher education, and economic security and served as the in-house policy expert and bilingual spokesperson on civil rights and student debt issues. Stephanie started her career as a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico City, Mexico, prior to joining the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. In 2017, she served as the William R. Hearst Fellow with the Aspen Institute’s Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation.

A Los Angeles native, Stephanie has a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College.

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Gregory Miao

Senior Attorney

ChangeLab Solutions

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Gregory Miao

Senior Attorney

ChangeLab Solutions

As a senior attorney at ChangeLab Solutions, Gregory works on legal issues related to sugar reduction policies, alcohol control, preemption, active living, healthy housing, and water quality. He is a member of the board of directors of America Walks.

Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, he worked on developing regional cooperative agreements in the Greater Boston Region with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and represented several Massachusetts communities as a municipal attorney. Gregory graduated from St. Lawrence University and holds a JD from Case Western Reserve University and a master’s in urban and regional policy from Northeastern University.

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Leticia Gasca

Co-chair of the Global Shapers Education and Employment Steering Committee

World Economic Forum

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Leticia Gasca

Co-chair of the Global Shapers Education and Employment Steering Committee

World Economic Forum

The world of work is undergoing huge changes and I endeavour to be at the forefront of the revolution. For nearly a decade now, I’ve led numerous organizations that have helped shape the labour market. My passion is in helping the next generation of workers flourish and find happiness in their jobs.

My secret weapon? It’s in my endless curiosity to understand the data that shapes the future of employment. Throughout my career, I have supported the growth of countless workforces. This has been through strategic planning, analytics and the creation of new tools that aim to generate change at a systematic level. You can even find me on “Ted Talks”, where I’ve reached over two million viewers on my talk about a research initiative.

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Liz Beardsley

Senior Policy Counsel

U.S. Green Building Council

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Liz Beardsley

Senior Policy Counsel

U.S. Green Building Council

Elizabeth (Liz) Beardsley brings more than 20 years of professional experience working on environmental and climate issues both as an engineer and lawyer. In her current role, Liz serves as Senior Policy Counsel at the U.S. Green Building Council, a global environmental nonprofit best known for LEED, the world’s most widely used green building rating program. She provides strategic green building law and policy guidance and direction across the international, federal, state and local spectrum, and her work focuses on connecting building policy to climate mitigation.

Liz is a sought-after expert and spokesperson for USGBC who has been interviewed by dozens of media outlets such as Yale Climate Connection, BBC News: Business Matters, The Aaron Harber Show, ENR, Building Green, and Commercial Property Executive. She’s also an accomplished writer whose work has been published in Governing Magazine, Green Operations, USGBC+, and others. Since joining USGBC in 2014, Liz has represented the organization at four United Nations COP climate change conferences. Liz serves on the Board of the National Association of State Energy Offices (NASEO) and Virginia Energy Efficiency Council (VAEEC), and participates on committees of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BSCE) and the Alliance to Save Energy.

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Taylor Campbell

Deputy Director of the Digital Service Collaborative Beck Center for Social Impact + Innovation

Georgetown University

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Taylor Campbell

Deputy Director of the Digital Service Collaborative Beck Center for Social Impact + Innovation

Georgetown University

Taylor Campbell (she/her/hers) is a resourceful and relatable leader whose goal is to always support effective and inclusive public service. She knows how to transform organizational cultures and improve operational efficiency, using creative strategy, digital technology, and data governance.

She has served as Deputy Director of Tech and Innovation for both the Office of Presidential Correspondence in the Obama White House and the City of Los Angeles. Taylor is an advocate for historically underrepresented people leading public service in their areas of expertise and has worked with grassroots organizations, entrepreneurs, government leaders, and philanthropies worldwide. She holds a M.A. in Intercultural Communication from American University and a B.A. in Communication from Howard University.

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Thomas Topolski, AICP, CCEP-I

Executive Vice President

Parsons Corporation

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Thomas Topolski, AICP, CCEP-I

Executive Vice President

Parsons Corporation

Thomas Topolski serves as the Executive Vice President of Parsons Corporation. Thomas started at Parsons Corporation in January of 2019. Thomas currently resides in the Houston, Texas Area.

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TaMiya Dickerson, CPA

Partner and West Region, Advisory Practice Leader

Grant Thornton

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TaMiya Dickerson, CPA

Partner and West Region, Advisory Practice Leader

Grant Thornton

TaMiya leads Grant Thornton’s West Region Advisory practice. Her span of responsibility and influence crosses seven states, a dozen offices and all advisory services. Experience Throughout her 18 years in advisory services, TaMiya led multiple initiatives across service lines and industries. She is a certified public accountant who started her career in risk advisory services overseeing corporate governance consulting projects. In subsequent years, she delivered accounting, business process and technology services to publicly traded and regulated companies. Today, TaMiya specializes in business transformation with a passion for technology and change management. Sector experience TaMiya is highly familiar with complex infrastructure and organization designs. As it pertains to technology security consulting, TaMiya’s expertise also includes audit and compliance services; systems selection and configuration across the life cycle; and data security standards reviews. Where international and global businesses expertise is warranted, her professional client service experience extends to Europe and Asia. Professional qualifications and memberships TaMiya earned a Master of Accounting degree and a Bachelor in Business Administration degree from the University of Southern California. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in California and a member of the AICPA. Community involvement For the past five years, TaMiya has been the West Region Executive Sponsor for the African American Business Resource Group (inclusion initiative). She is a leader, through formal mentor programs on campus, at the University of Southern California for both the Marshall Business School and the Black Alumni Association. As a community leader, TaMiya is on the Board of Managers for the Ketchum Downtown Los Angeles YMCA. Outside of the office, TaMiya spends her time with her son, husband and their dog Rison.

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Katherine Barrett

Leader, Transportation, State & Local Government

Barrett & Greene, Inc.

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Katherine Barrett

Leader, Transportation, State & Local Government

Barrett & Greene, Inc.

Over the course of nearly 30 years, Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene, principals of Barrett and Greene, Inc. have done much-praised analysis, research and writing about state and local governments. They are nationally-known authorities in performance management, budgeting and finance; human resources, procurement; tax systems, health management and policy, pensions, infrastructure, contracting, civics education and a host of other topics.

Described by Peter Harkness, founder of Governing Magazine as “by far the most experienced journalists in the country covering public performance,” they pioneered “grading the cities, counties and states” in management. In early 2020, their new book, “Making Government Work: The Promises and Pitfalls of Performance-Informed Management,” was published by Rowman & Littlefield. This is the first volume of a five-book Barrett and Greene series, with the second volume focused on the public sector workforce.

Otherwise, the couple are currently engaged as:

  • Senior Advisers and columnists for Route Fifty

  • Special Project Consultants at the Volcker Alliance, where they have helped research and write a series of reports examining and evaluating states across a wide range of topics

  • Fellows at the National Academy of Public Administration

  • Chair of the Center for Accountability and Performance at the American Society for Public Administration (Richard Greene)

  • Senior advisers at the Government Finance Research Center at the University of Illinois in Chicago

  • Visiting Fellows at the IBM Center for the Business of Government

  • Advisers to the National Association of State Personnel Executives

  • Columnists for IPMA-HR’s quarterly publication, Public Personnel Management

  • Advisers and columnists for the Government Finance Officers Association’s Government Finance Review

  • Consultants to the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group

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Richard Greene

Leader, Transportation, State & Local Government

Barrett & Greene, Inc.

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Richard Greene

Leader, Transportation, State & Local Government

Barrett & Greene, Inc.

Over the course of nearly 30 years, Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene, principals of Barrett and Greene, Inc. have done much-praised analysis, research and writing about state and local governments. They are nationally-known authorities in performance management, budgeting and finance; human resources, procurement; tax systems, health management and policy, pensions, infrastructure, contracting, civics education and a host of other topics.

Described by Peter Harkness, founder of Governing Magazine as “by far the most experienced journalists in the country covering public performance,” they pioneered “grading the cities, counties and states” in management. In early 2020, their new book, “Making Government Work: The Promises and Pitfalls of Performance-Informed Management,” was published by Rowman & Littlefield. This is the first volume of a five-book Barrett and Greene series, with the second volume focused on the public sector workforce.

Otherwise, the couple are currently engaged as:

  • Senior Advisers and columnists for Route Fifty

  • Special Project Consultants at the Volcker Alliance, where they have helped research and write a series of reports examining and evaluating states across a wide range of topics

  • Fellows at the National Academy of Public Administration

  • Chair of the Center for Accountability and Performance at the American Society for Public Administration (Richard Greene)​

  • Senior advisers at the Government Finance Research Center at the University of Illinois in Chicago​

  • Visiting Fellows at the IBM Center for the Business of Government

  • Advisers to the National Association of State Personnel Executives

  • Columnists for IPMA-HR’s quarterly publication, Public Personnel Management

  • Advisers and columnists for the Government Finance Officers Association’s Government Finance Review

  • Consultants to the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group

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Macky McCleary

Director of Energy, Sustainability and Infrastructure

Guidehouse

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Macky McCleary

Director of Energy, Sustainability and Infrastructure

Guidehouse

Macky is a proven utility, insurance, and environmental regulator, a clean energy entrepreneur and a transformation and organization leader. Trained as an architect at Yale University and a consultant at McKinsey & Co., Macky brings creativity, vision, and attention to detail to bear for his clients in every engagement. Macky drives innovation for clients in the converging industry sectors of energy, finance, telecom, government, infrastructure and transportation. He has combined expertise in strategy, operations, branding, consumer and behavioral insights and business development. At the intersection of business and government, he has spent the past 15 years delivering high value projects for clients and citizens alike.

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Rob Silverberg

CTO Digital Communities

Dell Technologies | State & Local Government

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Rob Silverberg

CTO Digital Communities

Dell Technologies | State & Local Government

Rob is currently the CTO for Dell EMCs Smart Cities focus. In this role, Rob works with government customers across the nation to help these agencies understand how Dell EMC’s portfolio of technologies and solutions can help them achieve their goals.

Rob has extensive experience with enterprise data management, content management, and in systems integration design. Most recently, Rob has worked extensively on Dell EMC’s Smart Cities data architecture and public safety solutions. As a thought leader in this space, Rob speaks at conferences and events sharing current projects, innovations, and advising on strategy.

Rob has been with EMC/Dell EMC for over 13 years holding previous positions in consulting management and vertical industry marketing. Prior to EMC, Rob worked with several startups as well as Oracle and IBM/FileNet.

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Britt Harter

Director of State & Local Government

Guidehouse

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Britt Harter

Director of State & Local Government

Guidehouse

Britt is a Director and the Leader for Sustainability consulting in North America. He specializes in high-profile projects at the intersection of environmental, social, and economic sustainability. Britt blends strategic thinking and pragmatism to help organizations deliver their sustainability outcomes and initiatives successfully, using a combination of strong analysis, program management, collaboration, and innovation. Britt’s teams have delivered transformational strategies in environmental sustainability, Smart Cities, Future of Mobility, and Innovation topics, and economic development. Britt was recently invited by UN Habitat to give a series of lectures at the International Urban Training Center in Korea on urban inclusion and regeneration to mid-career practitioners across Asia. Originally trained as a research scientist, Britt is also the winner of numerous internationally-competitive scientific research grants, and his research has been published in several leading academic journals.

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Phil Silver

Leader, Transportation, State & Local Government

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

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Phil Silver

Leader, Transportation, State & Local Government

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Phil leads Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) public sector transportation vertical, including activities with airports, seaports, transit agencies, tolling authorities, traffic departments, parking, DOTs, MPOs, and COGs – practically anything where state and local government operates transportation infrastructure. He works with the state and local government field sales, solution architects, partner development, and professional services teams that support ISVs who build with AWS. Over the past twenty years Phil held sales and strategy leadership roles in global systems integration firms who are specialists in payments, fare collection, traffic management, tolling, parking, traveler information, logistics, e-commerce, IoT, and advanced analytics. Through it all, he has developed a great network of end-users, technology providers, and consultants. He also gained an appreciation for the technology challenges and opportunities faced by public sector agencies and authorities engaged in smart transportation initiatives focused on improving services to their patrons. Concurrently he served in the U.S. Navy, capping a 25-year active duty and reserve career with command of two expeditionary warfare units that deployed overseas in support of our Naval Forces, retiring as a Captain. Along the way, Phil earned a Masters in Executive Leadership from University of San Diego, an MBA from Fordham University, and Bachelor degrees in Chemistry and History from the University of Florida.

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Sielen Namdar, PE

Industry Executive for Cities & Communities and Global Water Lead

Cisco

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Sielen Namdar, PE

Industry Executive for Cities & Communities and Global Water Lead

Cisco

Sielen Namdar, PE is a Global Industry Executive with Cisco’s Cities & Communities team and leads Cisco’s Global Smart Water Business. She also serves as the Chair of the Americas Partnership Group for Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN). Sielen works with water/wastewater customers to help them build more resilient systems and operate/maintain/manage their facilities more efficiently leveraging IoT/data analytics. Prior to joining Cisco in 2018, Sielen spent 20 years at Jacobs Engineering (legacy CH2M) developing industry sector partnerships and facilitation of complex cross-business multidisciplinary teams to implement innovative and sustainable solutions for water utilities. She also co-founded CH2M’s Smart Cities Initiative, working in collaboration with agencies, technology leaders, and ecosystem partners. Sielen holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Washington. She is currently a judge for Cisco’s Global Problem Solver Challenge Program. Sielen is also serving as a coach and mentor for the Seattle Leadership Tomorrow program, a civic leadership organization focused on exploring strategies for positive change that cross sectors and silos to foster healthy communities.

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Michelle Maggiore

IoT and Global Transportation Lead

Cisco

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Michelle Maggiore

IoT and Global Transportation Lead

Cisco

Michelle Maggiore leads Cisco’s global Transportation Solutions Group. She is a professional transportation engineer with 20 years of experience in technology deployment, performance management, and strategic planning for transportation agencies and local governments, most recently applying her background to the deployment of technology in the public sector as well as for automobile OEMs. At Cisco, Michelle advises sales teams, product developers, and customers on implementing technologies to support connected and automated vehicles. Her activities focus on vehicle to infrastructure communications and application development and deployment. Her work with Cisco sales account managers, product development, and advanced services has catapulted Cisco’s transportation team to the Growth Marketing organization in Cisco, where Cisco’s most innovative solutions are developed and managed.

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Hilery Sirpis

Vice President, Strategic Accounts & Publisher

Route Fifty

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Hilery Sirpis

Vice President, Strategic Accounts & Publisher

Route Fifty

Hilery Sirpis is the Vice President, Strategic Accounts & Publisher of Route Fifty.

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Alisha Powell Gillis

Senior Editor

Route Fifty

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Alisha Powell Gillis

Senior Editor

Route Fifty

Alisha Powell Gillis is the Senior Editor of Route Fifty.

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Alex Treadway

Associate Publisher

Route Fifty

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Alex Treadway

Associate Publisher

Route Fifty

Alex Treadway is the Associate Publisher at Route Fifty.

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Adam Butler

Producer

Government Executive

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Adam Butler

Producer

Government Executive

Adam Butler is a Producer at Government Executive.

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Joshua Okada

Senior Research Analyst

Government Business Council, GEMG

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Joshua Okada

Senior Research Analyst

Government Business Council, GEMG

Josh Okada is a Senior Research Analyst for GEMG’s research arm, Government Business Council (GBC). Prior to GBC, Josh worked in research at institutions, such as the Council on Foreign Relations. As a published researcher, Josh has garnered experience analyzing primary and secondary data to identify trends at local levels to international ones. Now at GBC, he hopes to provide that expertise to government officials.

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