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.



CEO, Federation of American Scientists

In 2019, Dan founded the Day One Project at FAS. Prior to joining FAS, he led the Technology and Public Policy Project at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute, an initiative to enlist leading technical and policy experts to develop actionable policy proposals across a range of cutting-edge international and domestic science and technology issues. 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.



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.



Chief Information Officer, City of Boston

Santiago is Chief Information Officer at the City of Boston. He oversees the city’s Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) to provide and maintain mission-critical technologies for the city’s workforce and the constituents they serve. Prior to taking this role he was the Executive Director of the Department of Community Investment at the City of South Bend, Indiana. In that role, he managed the City of South Bend’s economic development and community planning efforts, including building and permitting code enforcement, housing programs and redevelopment efforts for the Rust Belt community.
He was previously the City of Pittsburgh’s Director of Innovation and Performance. 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. 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.



Managing Director, KPMG

Tom Schenk Jr. is a researcher and author on applying technology, data, and analytics to make better decisions. He’s currently the director of analytics at KPMG where he leads the smart city and government analytics practice. He’s authored several publications, including a book on data visualization, book chapters on education research, and academic articles on a variety of subjects. Tom has previously served as Chief Data Officer for the City of Chicago, led education research for the State of Iowa, and has held a variety of positions within academia. Tom is the co-founder of the Civic Analytics Network at Harvard University’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. He is also the current co-organizer of the Chicago Data Visualization Group.




Executive Director

Kate serves as the Executive Director to MetroLab. Before joining, she was a Senior Associate at Cityfi, a firm focused on fostering innovation and new thinking in the urban environment. Previously, she was a part of two mayoral administrations. Kate was the Technology Policy Advisor for Mayor Jenny Durkan in Seattle, WA. And before moving to Seattle, she was the Innovation Policy Advisor for Mayor Sly James in Kansas City, MO. These roles shared similar missions and values, including drafting new regulatory schemas for transportation networks and short term rentals, as well as implementing and promoting privacy and surveillance regulations. Kate was a part of the MetroLab network while in Seattle in Kansas City, and continues to uphold a passion for the work between cities and universities. She has a juris doctorate from the University of Missouri Kansas City, and a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Kansas.



Director of Development

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Director of Strategy and Technology

Josh works as the Director of Strategy and Technology at Metrolab, leveraging data and technology to support the MetroLab membership and staff on matters relating to civic research and innovation. He is also responsible for program management of the Civic Innovation Challenge, an $11M research and action competition supported by the National Science Foundation. Prior to his role at MetroLab, Josh worked for a startup integrating technology into the built environment. As a Solutions Architect, he changed the way the architecture and construction industries leverage data to promote sustainable materials, affordable housing, and efficient design. Josh studied Information Systems, Computer Science, and Entrepreneurship at Gonzaga University.

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Civic Engagement and Partnership Coordinator

Rose manages and orchestrates communities-of-practice in projects around the country, amplifies projects within the civic research ecosystem, and leverages the MetroLab Network to support programs like the Civic Innovation Challenge and more. Most recently, Rose worked for the City of Greenbelt in Prince George’s County. Prior to this, she lived in Central Illinois, working as the graduate fellow for the City of Bloomington’s Community Development Department, and the Project and Resource Manager for the Town of Normal’s Innovation and Technology Department. During this time she served on the 2020 Census Complete Count Committee, assisted with Community Development Block Grant funding, and helped coordinate the City of Bloomington’s Healthy Housing program. She is passionate about improving municipal programs and resources, as well as utilizing data to increase innovation and connection within communities. She received her B.A. in English from Earlham College, and completed her M.S. at Illinois State University, where she was a Stevenson Center fellow in the Applied Community and Economic Development Program.


Martin O’Malley – Chair

61st Governor of Maryland


47th Mayor of Baltimore


Rayid Ghani

Distinguished Career Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Bruce Katz

Lindy Fellow, Nowak Metro Finance Lab


Charlie Catlett

Director, Urban Center for Computation and Data


Senior Research Scientist, Discovery Partners Institute


Sr. Computer Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory

Stephen Goldsmith

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


46th Mayor of Indianapolis

Melissa Mark-Viverito

Former Speaker of NYC City Council

Jack Dangermond


Marcia Hale

Chair, Building America’s Future

Former White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs
Tom Murphy

Senior Resident Fellow, Urban Land Institute


57th Mayor of Pittsburgh


41st Mayor of Miami


Former President, U.S. Conference of Mayors

Joanne Harrell

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


Board of Regents, University of Washington



Leslie Richards

General Manager of SEPTA


Former Transportation Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation


Former Commissioner, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

Richard Florida

Director, Martin Prosperity Institute, University of Toronto


Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Paul Hawken

Executive Director, Project Drawdown

Rick Stafford

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

Betty Sue Flowers

Professor Emeritus, University of Texas at Austin


Former Director, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

Ben Hecht

President & CEO, Living Cities


Dan Tangherlini

Chief Financial Officer, Emerson Collective


Former U.S. GSA Administrator

Shirley Franklin

CEO, Purpose Built Communities


58th Mayor of Atlanta

Tony Williams

President & CEO, Federal City Council


5th Mayor of the District of Columbia