Chicago | June 1-3

2022 Summit Agenda

Day 1 | Wednesday, June 1

5:30 PM

Informal Meetup @ Truth Be Told

Come say hi to the MetroLab team!
1227 E 60th Street | Chicago, IL 60637

Day 2 | Thursday, June 2

8:00 - 8:30 AM

Check-in & Breakfast

The Rubenstein Forum is right next to the Study Hotel. If you are staying elsewhere, a shuttle will leave from the Hilton Garden Inn at 7:45 AM.

8:30 - 8:45 AM

Anne Dodge – Executive Director, Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation

8:45 - 9:30 AM

Lisa Camp – Chief of Staff, Office of Provost at Case Western Reserve University

Evan Absher – Senior Program Officer, Kauffman Foundation

Lilian Coral – Director, National Strategy + Technology Innovation, Knight Foundation

Leon Wilson – Chief of Digital Innovation & Chief Information Officer, Cleveland Foundation

9:30 - 10:15 AM

Karina Ricks – Associate Administrator for Research, Demonstration and Innovation, USDOT 

Michal Ziv-El – Program Director, National Science Foundation

Dan Correa – Chief Executive Officer, Federation of American Scientists

Matthew Jadud – Innovation Specialist, GSA Technology Transformation Services, 10x

10:15 - 10:30 AM


10:30 - 11:15 AM

Keynote & Q+A with Mayor Andy Berke, Special Representative for Broadband, NTIA

11:15 - 11:45 AM

Kate Garman Burns – MetroLab Network, Executive Director

11:45 - 12:30 PM

Kate Garman Burns – Executive Director, MetroLab Network

Bill Fulton – MetroLab Board Chair; Director of the Rice University Kinder Institute

Dan Correa – CEO, Federation of American Scientists

Lisa Camp – Chief of Staff, Office of Provost, Case Western Reserve University

Karen Lightman – Executive Director of Metro21: Smart Cities Institute at Carnegie Mellon University

Santiago Garces – Director, Department of Community Investment, City of South Bend

Debra Lam – Managing Director of Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation, Georgia Institute of Technology

12:30 - 1:30 PM


1:30 - 5:15 PM

Roundtables (Topics by color)

Partnerships & Community Engagement

Climate & Resiliency

Mobility & Data

1:30 - 2:15 PM

This panel will share insight from a recently published report on the state of the Public Interest Technology field in higher education. It will delve into lessons learned in research and education, particularly experiential learning. Panelists will also share successful efforts to engage faculty, diversify the student talent pipeline, and build industry, government, and community partnerships.


Katharine Lusk – Co-Director, Boston University Initiative on Cities

David Uminsky – Executive Director, Data Science Institute, University of Chicago

Shilpa Kedar – Executive Director, Digital and IoT Innovations, Cleveland State University

Greta Bruce – Managing Director, Spark!, Boston University

This panel will discuss the critical work of local governments and community organizations partnering with universities to expand broadband access and close the digital divide.


Karen Lightman – Executive Director, Metro21: Smart Cities Institute at Carnegie Mellon University

Ashley Patton – Director of CS Pathways, School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University

Kirsten Compitello – National Broadband Digital Equity Director, Michael Baker International

Aadil Ginwala – Chief of Staff, NTIA, Department of Commerce

These teams, consisting of both community representatives and research partners, have received $1 million in federal funding to launch a 12-month pilot project. On this panel they will share the status of their pilot, their outlook on the mobility field, and offer Q&A.


Ivy Hu – Chair of the Urban Planning Department, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Elburz Sorkhabi – Co-Founder, The Interactive & Immersive HQ

Anthony Thomas – Program Manager for Customer Experience Innovation, MARTA

Pascal Van Hentenryck – Associate Chair for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Georgia Tech

Josh Schacht – Director of Strategy and Technology, MetroLab Network

2:30 - 3:15 PM

There are many ways for scholars, policymakers, and practitioners to collaboratively pursue innovation, varying on multiple dimensions. This roundtable presents a distinct case in which these diverse expertises and strategies co-exist not only in a single University but in a single School of Public Policy. The goal is to initiate a conversation on: (1) the full range of strategies for community-engaged scholarship; (2) the kinds of situations and challenges for which each is best suited; and (3) the complementarity and tensions that arise between these multiple strategies.


Madison Leverich – Assistant Director of Community-Engaged Teaching & Research, Northeastern University

Nigel Jacob – Senior Fellow, Burnes Center for Social Change and Civic Designer in Residence, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University

Alicia Modestino – Associate Professor and Research Director, Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University

Moira Zellner – Professor and Director of Participatory Modeling and Data Science, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University

This session will highlight the development and partnership building involved in ChiVes, a data collaborative and community mapping application that brings data on Chicago’s environment together at the neighborhood level. It’s a partnership of researchers, community organizations, and civic groups.


Marynia Kolak – Founding Director, Healthy Regions & Policies Lab

Elsa Anderson – Postdoctoral Researcher, Chicago Biodiversity Project, Chicago Botanic Garden

Dylan Halpern – Senior Software Engineer, Healthy Regions & Policies Lab, Center for Spatial Data Science at University of Chicago

Susan Paykin – Research Manager, Healthy Regions & Policies Lab, Center for Spatial Data Science at University of Chicago

Michelle Stuhlmacher – Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, DePaul University

With agencies increasingly relying on data—from internal systems, multiple departments, vendors, the public, and even from the private sector—responsible data governance has become an urgent need for cities and counties. This session will explore an ongoing effort to develop a “Model Data Governance  Policy and Practice Guide” via a coworking group composed of public officials and researchers from multiple jurisdictions across the country.
Explore suggested reading for this session here.


Tony Luppino – Rubey M. Hulen Professor of Law and Director of Entrepreneurship Programs, University of Missouri Kansas City

Abigail Eccher – Program Manager, City of Lincoln and Lancaster County NE 

Stephen Larrick – Technology and Public Purpose Fellow, Harvard University

Madi Rogers Director of Civic Innovation, City of South Bend

Jigyasa Sharma Program Manager, US Ignite

3:30 - 4:15 PM

The City of Portland’s Smart City PDX program is implementing a Community Leads Cohort to build intentional and collaborative decision-making space for communities to work with the City on data and technology related decisions. This is the third iteration of a unique community-government partnership model to bring communities and build new relationships into digital justice work. How this model is also influencing the development of a citywide surveillance technology policy and governance models will also be featured.


Santiago Garces – Chief Innovation Officer, City of Boston

Christine Kendrick – Smart City PDX Coordinator/Air Quality Lead, City of Portland

Kevin Martin – Smart City PDX Manager, City of Portland

This panel will introduce the concept of A Resilience Learning System for Monitoring, Reporting and Enhancing Community Resilience over time in Greater Miami and the Beaches, Florida. The panel will also present an overview of disciplinary perspectives, insights and challenges of developing this concept and the progress made since 2021.


Karina Castillo – Resilience Coordinator II, Miami-Dade County, Miami FL

Tiffany Troxler, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environment & Director of Science, Sea Level Solutions Center, Florida International University 

Amy Clement, Ph.D. – Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences – Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami

Jennifer Posner – Senior Manager for Policy and Programs, Office of Civic and Community Engagement, University of Miami

Maria Ilcheva – Assistant Director of Planning and Operations for the Metropolitan Center, Florida International University

These teams, consisting of both community representatives and research partners, have received $1 million in federal funding to launch a 12-month pilot project. On this panel they will share the status of their pilot, their outlook on the resilience field, and offer Q&A.


Joshua Behr – Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Old Dominion University

Nalini Venkatasubramanian – Professor of Computer Science, UC Irvine

Lisa Koch – Associate Director, University of Kansas Transportation Center

Lauren Vigil – Sensor Intern, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo

Josh Schacht – Director of Strategy and Technology, MetroLab

4:30 - 5:15 PM

The City of South Bend, IN and the University of Notre Dame are working in collaboration to develop an innovative approach that will bring another layer of connectivity to students across the city. Spectrum that was previously unavailable is now being used to offer secure and reliable internet service via LTE technology to South Bend Community School Corporation students and families in their home. Developed through a unique public-private partnership, these panelists will discuss their approach to layered connectivity and the different use cases for this new CBRS network solution.


Patrick McGuire – Manager of Digital Equity, City of South Bend

Denise Riedl – Chief Innovation Officer, City of South Bend

Nick Laneman – Co-Director of the Wireless Institute and Director of SpectrumX, University of Notre Dame

Monish Ghosh – Policy Outreach Director at SpectrumX at the Wireless Institute, University of Notre Dame

Patrick Stalvey – Chief Technology Officer, South Bend Community School Corporation

These teams, consisting of both community representatives and research partners, have received $1 million in federal funding to launch a 12-month pilot project. On this panel they will share the status of their pilot, discuss their approach to sustaining their work and their partnerships, and offer Q&A.


Carlos Restrepo – Senior Research Scientist, NYU

Allen Hyde – Assistant Professor in the School of History and Sociology, Georgia Tech

Marcia Mardis – Director of the Information Institute, Florida State University

Thomas Oommen – Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Michigan Tech

Josh Schacht – Director of Strategy and Technology, MetroLab

This session will focus on a discussion about “Curb Data Specification” CDS. Created through a unique, collaborative process, CDS is a free and open-source digital tool that helps cities and companies’ pilot and scale dynamic curb zones.


Michael Schnuerle – Director of Open Source Operations, Open Mobility Foundation

Karen Lightman – Executive Director, Metro21: Smart Cities Institute at Carnegie Mellon University

Anil Merchant – Head of Product, Automotus

Mary Catherine Snyder – Parking Strategic Advisor, City of Seattle, WA

5:30 PM

Closing Remarks & Reception

Day 3 | Friday, June 3

8:30 - 9:00 AM


9:00 - 9:15 AM


9:15 - 10:00 AM

Secretary Arne Duncan – Managing Partner, Chicago CRED [Former U.S. Secretary of Education]

Jalon Arthur – Director of Strategic Priorities, Chicago CRED

Cedrick Hawkins – Outreach Worker, Chicago CRED

Angie D’Souza – Research Project Manager, Northwestern University

Andrew Papachristos – Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University

10:00 - 10:45 AM

Tom Schenk – Managing Director of Analytics, KPMG [former Chief Data Officer of City of Chicago, IL]

Eric Roche – Budget Officer, City of Pearland TX [former Chief Data Officer of Kansas City, MO]

Laura Cunniff – IT Specialist, US General Services Administration [former Chief Data Officer of Pittsburgh, PA]

Michael Schnuerle – Director of Open Source Operations, Open Mobility Foundation [former Chief Data Officer of Louisville, KY]

10:45 - 11:00 AM


11:00 - 11:30 AM

Keynote Presentation by Fletcher Beaudoin
Transactional to Transformation: Designing Partnerships for a Complex and Changing World

11:30 - 12:30 AM

Fletcher Beaudoin – Director, Portland State University’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions

Jen Sanders – Co-Founder & Executive Director, North Texas Innovation Alliance

Karina Castillo – Resilience Coordinator, Office of Resilience Miami-Dade County

Aaron Deacon – Managing Director, Kansas City Digital Drive

Scott Vargo – Director, Hennepin-University Partnership

12:30 - 1:30 PM


1:30 - 2:30 PM

The project showcase will amplify collaborative community focused projects championed by students and early career civic researchers. Participants will display their projects in a poster session and thereafter discuss their projects in a presentation session.  


Ishita Trivedi – Graduate Student, University of Florida 

[User Interactive Vision-Based Bridge Inspection System]

Cynthia Medina – Graduate Research Assistant, University of Illinois, Chicago

[Green Era Renewable Energy and Urban Farm Campus – Winner, Climate Challenge Cup 2021]

Mason Rodriguez Rand – Undergraduate Student, University of Chicago and Co-founder Alpha Nur

[Alpha Nur – Mobile Nuclear Reactors Project]

Fengze Yang – Graduate Student, University of Washington 

[Real-time Road Surface Conditions and Visibility Monitoring System for Traffic Safety]

2:30 - 3:30 PM

Lifecycle of a Public Career