Steering Committee

Bill Fulton, Committee Chair

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.

Lisa Camp

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

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).

Charlie Catlett

University of Chicago, Argonne National Lab, Director of the Urban Center for Computation & Data

Charlie Catlett currently conducts research in areas including urban data science, cyber security and privacy, mobile devices and social networks, and the use of mobile and embedded computing to create intelligent infrastructure. He also currently serves as a Visiting Artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and served as Argonne’s Chief Information Officer from 2007-2011. From 2004 through 2007 he was director of the TeraGrid Initiative, a national-scale facility supported by the National Science Foundation. In 1999 Charlie co-founded the Global Grid Forum, (now Open Grid Forum) serving as its founding chair from October 1999 through September 2004. Concurrently, he directed the State of Illinois funded I-WIRE optical network project, deploying dark fiber and transport infrastructure to ten institutions in Illinois. I-WIRE today provides over 200 Gb/s of lambda and dark fiber resources to major projects including TeraGrid, the Starlight international optical network hub, Optiputer, and ESnet. Prior to joining Argonne in 2000, Charlie was Chief Technology Officer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). As part of the original team that established NCSA in 1985, Charlie participated in design, deployment, and evolution of NSFNET, which was one of several early national networks that collectively evolved into today’s Internet. Beginning in 1992 his team designed and operated NCSAs web infrastructure during the exponential growth of the web following NCSA’s release of the Mosaic web browser.

Santiago Garces

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.

Nigel Jacob

City of Boston, Co-Founder, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics

Nigel Jacob is the Co-founder of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, a civic innovation incubator and R&D Lab within Boston’s City Hall.  Nigel’s work is about making urban life better via innovative, people-oriented applications of technology and design. Prior to joining the City of Boston in 2006, Nigel worked in a series of technology start-ups in the Boston area. He was also previously the Urban Technologist in Residence at Living Cities, a philanthropic collaboration of 22 of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions, is currently a board member at organizations such as Code For America and coUrbanize, and is an Executive-in-Residence at Boston University. Nigel’s work has been written about extensively in magazines such as Wired, MIT Technology Review, Fast Company and books including The Responsive City, by Stephen Goldsmith and Susan Crawford and Smart Cities by Anthony Townsend. This ground breaking work has earned Nigel a number of awards including being named a Public Official of the year in 2011 by Governing Magazine, a Whitehouse Champion of Change and the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation award for 2012.

Debra Lam

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

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.

Michael Mattmiller

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.

Charles Ramdatt

City of Orlando, Deputy Public Works Director

Charles Ramdatt has had a 30+ year career in engineering & management, and his portfolio includes Transportation Engineering, Parking Management, membership on the Florida Green Book Committee, participation on the Operations Committee for the Central Florida Expressway and coordination with several local, state and federal agencies.  He leads Orlando’s efforts to use technology to improve traffic safety, provide real-time traveler information, to increase awareness of mode choices and to reduce travel delays.  He is currently pursuing a number of initiatives to ensure that Orlando has a smart, sustainable, transportation system.  He holds degrees from the University of Central Florida, is currently completing his dissertation in Transportation Engineering. Charles is a licensed Professional Engineer and holds AICP and PTOE certifications.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and holds memberships in ITS Florida, APWA and ASCE.

Rick Stafford- Ex Officio

Carnegie Mellon University, Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy in the H. John Heinz III College of Public Policy and Management

Rick Stafford is the Executive Director of the University’s Metro21 Initiative and previously helped launch and direct the University’s Traffic21 Initiative.  Traffic21 is now a CMU Institute.  He earned bachelor and masters degrees from Carnegie Mellon University.  He served as Chief Executive Officer for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development for thirteen years.  Prior to the Conference, he served as Secretary of Legislative Affairs in the cabinet of Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh during the governor’s first term and as chief of staff for the last year and a half of his second term.  He was born in Greene County Pennsylvania and his family owns Laurel Vista Farm in Somerset County Pennsylvania.

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