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.



Chief of Staff, Office of Provost, 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).

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.



Strategic Advisor on Government Innovation, Partnership for Public Service

Daniel Correa is a Fellow at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies where he leads the Technology and Public Policy Project.
He previously helped shape science and technology policy for the Obama Administration for nearly four years, serving as Assistant Director for Innovation Policy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. At the White House, Correa developed the Administration’s innovation strategy and led government-wide science and technology initiatives that invested hundreds of millions of dollars in government innovation, R&D commercialization, smart cities, entrepreneurship, and more. Prior to joining the White House, Correa led development of technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation policy proposals at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington, D.C. think tank. He has also held the position of Kauffman Fellow in Law, Economics and Entrepreneurship at Yale Law School. He received a law degree from Yale Law School, a masters degree in economics from Yale University, and a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.



Director of Innovation and Performance, City of Pittsburgh

Santiago Garces joined the City of Pittsburgh in January of 2019. Prior to that, he served as the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of South Bend. During his time there, he worked through the Office of Innovation to improve 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. 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.


Martin O’Malley


Senior Fellow and Advisory Council Chair

Martin O’Malley served as the 61st governor of Maryland from 2007 to 2015 and the 47th mayor of the city of Baltimore from 1999 until 2007. His time as governor and mayor was marked by a steadfast commitment to data-driven decision-making. As mayor, he introduced CitiStat, a performance-based management system that produced dramatic improvements in city services and efficiency and led to Baltimore being awarded the Innovations in Government Award from the Kennedy School at Harvard in 2001. CitiStat has served as a model for cities across the world. As governor, he continued to demonstrate results-driven leadership with the introduction of StateStat and BayStat, a system which has since inspired other systems including EPA’s ChesapeakeStat program. In 2009, Governing Magazine named O’Malley Public Official of the Year for his ability to “improve performance by measuring what [states] do and relentlessly monitoring their progress”. Governor O’Malley received his bachelor’s degree from Catholic University and his law degree from the University of Maryland.

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Executive Director

Ben serves as Executive Director of MetroLab Network, having initially served as Interim Director of the organization following its launch. Prior to that role, Ben served as a Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he was responsible for policy development pertaining to state and local government finance, with a particular focus on infrastructure policy. He worked closely with the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy on the organization and launch of MetroLab Network. Prior to his role at Treasury, Ben worked at Morgan Stanley, where he provided investment banking services to state and local government clients. He is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.



Director of Strategy and Operations

Katy is the Director of Strategy and Operations at MetroLab Network. Her work focuses on leading engagement on key initiatives, including the current partnership with the National Science Foundation to design the Civic Innovation Challenge. She manages the organizational spinout to a non-profit organization, including the finances and operations of the organization. Prior to MetroLab, Katy worked with the City of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University on their university research partnership. She holds a M.S. in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University as well as a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh. You can contact Katy at katy (dot) getsie (at) metrolabnetwork (dot) org to discuss programs, new partnerships and initiatives, the Civic Innovation Challenge, or for any finance or operations related questions.



Director of External Programs and Communications

Stefania is the Director of External Programs and Communications at MetroLab Network, focused on deploying programs, creating communications content and implementing MetroLab’s Data Science and Human Services portfolio among other activities. Stefania has spent her career working at the nexus of science, technology and society, forging bridges between technical and nontechnical communities in this space. Prior to MetroLab, she served as a Science & Innovation Officer at the British Consulate-General in San Francisco and as an External Development Manager at CRDF Global in Arlington, VA. She holds a M.A. in Science and Technology Policy from George Washington University and a B.A. in International Studies from American University. Contact Stefania (stefania (dot) nava (at) metrolabnetwork (dot) org ) if you are interested in engaging MetroLab on programs, Network membership, corporate engagement, and communications (including social media, newsletters and website).



Atlas Corps Fellow - Project Coordinator

Duaa is an Atlas Corps Fellow from Sudan, who is serving as a Project Coordinator for MetroLab Network, working with the team to organize and execute the ongoing projects including the Civic Innovation Challenge, the 2019 Annual Summit, and assisting with website development. Duaa is an experienced web designer entrepreneur with four years hands-on experience designing websites and mobile applications. Prior to becoming an Atlas Corps Fellow, Duaa founded her startup Zonilus group for web and digital solutions, she also a co-founder of the “Kush Sudan” initiative, and she founded her own social enterprise “My Academic Platform”; a professional development website providing opportunities for Sudanese young professionals. She holds a Bachelor’s of Computer Science from University of Khartoum.


Martin O’Malley – Chair

61st Governor of Maryland


47th Mayor of Baltimore

Charlie Catlett

Director, Urban Center for Computation and Data


Sr. Computer Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory

Jack Dangermond



41st Mayor of Miami


Former President, U.S. Conference of Mayors

Richard Florida

Director, Martin Prosperity Institute, University of Toronto


Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Betty Sue Flowers

Professor Emeritus, University of Texas at Austin


Former Director, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

Shirley Franklin

CEO, Purpose Built Communities


58th Mayor of Atlanta

Rayid Ghani

Director, Center for Data Science and Public Policy, University of Chicago

Stephen Goldsmith

Director, Innovations in Government Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University


46th Mayor of Indianapolis

Marcia Hale

President, Building America’s Future


Former White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs

Joanne Harrell

Senior Director, U.S. Citizenship & Public Affairs, Microsoft


Board of Regents, University of Washington

Paul Hawken

Executive Director, Project Drawdown

Ben Hecht

President & CEO, Living Cities

Bruce Katz

Centennial Scholar, The Brookings Institution

Melissa Mark-Viverito

Speaker, New York City Council

Tom Murphy

Senior Resident Fellow, Urban Land Institute


57th Mayor of Pittsburgh

Leslie Richards

Transportation Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation


Former Commissioner, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

Rick Stafford

Heinz College Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy,
Carnegie Mellon University

Dan Tangherlini

Chief Financial Officer, Emerson Collective


Former U.S. GSA Administrator

Tony Williams

President & CEO, Federal City Council


5th Mayor of the District of Columbia