Rice University, Director of the Kinder Institute

Bill Fulton is a former Mayor of Ventura, California, and Director of Planning & Economic Development for the City of San Diego. In his career, Mr. Fulton has also served as Vice President for Policy at Smart Growth America, Principal in the California-based urban planning firm now known as PlaceWorks, and Senior Fellow at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He is the founding editor and publisher of California Planning & Development Report  and author of five books, including Guide to California Planning, the standard urban planning textbook in California, and The Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los Angeles, which was an L.A. Times best-seller. He holds master’s degrees in mass communication from The American University and urban planning from UCLA.



Director, Government Affairs at Microsoft

Michael helps governments leverage technology to better serve the public. As the City of Seattle’s Chief Technology Officer from 2014 to 2018, he led initiatives that connected people with their government, increase the productivity of the City workforce through technology, and increased digital equity across the city. Prior to his current role at Microsoft and the City of Seattle, Michael was a senior strategist at Microsoft focused on data privacy and protection practices across the company’s enterprise cloud solutions and a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers.



Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives in the School of Engineering, Case Western Reserve University

Lisa Camp provides leadership, management, and direction for new initiatives that play on the strengths of the faculty and meet specific societal problems or needs. Her creativity and flexibility allows her to lead teams toward new solution-sets that may not have originally been considered and re-design the systems in support of those solutions. Prior to joining CWRU, she served in leadership positions at Cleveland State University, operated her own grant development consulting company, and worked at a Washington, DC firm helping faculty from small liberal arts colleges engage with Federal grant agencies. Lisa has presented at numerous national conferences on subjects such as the role of strategy in research development; how to support student innovators in a regional ecosystem; managing industry, higher education, and nonprofit organizations on large projects; and the intersection of innovation, making, and manufacturing. Lisa attended Baldwin-Wallace University (English, BA) and Case Western Reserve University (Organizational Behavior and Development, MS).



Strategic Advisor on Government Innovation, Partnership for Public Service

Daniel is a strategic advisor on government innovation at the Partnership for Public Service, and co-founder of Smart Cities Lab, an initiative dedicated to helping a network of ten cities work together to craft the future of urban transportation. He is the former Assistant Director for Innovation Policy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under President Barack Obama. Prior to joining the White House, he worked at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington, D.C. think tank focused on technology and innovation policy issues. He previously held the position of Kauffman Fellow in Law, Economics and Entrepreneurship at Yale Law School. Daniel is a graduate of Yale Law School, holds a Masters in Economics from Yale University, and a Bachelors from Dartmouth College.



City of South Bend, Chief Innovation Officer

Santiago Garces started the Office of Innovation in January of 2015. The Office of Innovation improves the efficiency and effectiveness of municipal services by developing talent, optimizing processes, and designing technology solutions.  Some of the projects that the Office has implemented include a data framework to evaluate policies like the city’s Vacant and Abandoned Properties initiative; an actionable report that engages residents using municipal route, fleet, and dispatch optimization for public safety and municipal services. Overall the Office has identified and commenced implementations of projects that should save taxpayers over $11 million dollars. South Bend and the University of Notre Dame entered an agreement that identifies Mr. Garces as the point of contact for the city in its collaborations for smart city research. In September of 2015 South Bend and Notre Dame became founding members of the Metro Lab Network. Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Mr. Garces holds degrees in Electrical Engineering, Political Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship from the University of Notre Dame.



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

Debra Lam is the Managing Director of Smart Cities and Inclusive innovation for Georgia Tech, a newly created role to drive smart cities and urban innovation work across the university and beyond. Prior to this, she served as Pittsburgh’s first ever Chief of Innovation & Performance where she oversaw all technology, sustainability, performance and innovation functions of city government. She crafted the city’s first strategic plan for innovation, the Inclusive Innovation Roadmap. She has worked and lived in New York, the United Kingdom, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and University of California, Berkeley.

Karen Lightman


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

Karen’s experience spans from economic development to leading worldwide coalitions based on emerging technologies. Recognized as a leader in the MEMS (MicroElectroMechanical Systems) industry, Karen helped start and led the MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG), the largest industry consortium solely focused on MEMS and sensors. Under her leadership, MSIG covered every sector of the MEMS value chain and successfully orchestrated several international conferences, workshops and tradeshows. Karen led the successful acquisition of MSIG by SEMI, the world’s largest semiconductor association. Karen has expertise with commercializing academic research, building industry-based consortiums and strategically leading teams to explore market-based opportunities. Her diverse background spans the consumer, military, healthcare, manufacturing, and automotive sectors. Karen is ranked by EETimes as one of the top 25 “Women in Tech.” She is a passionate advocate and spokesperson for her field, an internationally recognized keynote speaker and overall authority on the MEMS industry. Karen has a BA from the University of Vermont (UVM) and a MS in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College. She and her family reside in Pittsburgh, PA.