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.



Director, Department of Community Investment, City of South Bend

Santiago directs 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.  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.



Kate Garman Burns

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.

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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.



Civic Research Communications Manager

As Civic Research Communications Manager, Elias is responsible for MetroLab Network’s communication, outreach, and engagement programs. His work and interests converge at the intersection of civic communication, civic engagement, and policy research.
Prior to joining MetroLab, Elias worked as Senior Associate at the CSU Center for Public Deliberation where he supported the research and process design teams to facilitate public deliberation, policy research and engagement projects for governments, public institutions, and corporate entities across the Northern Colorado region. He holds a Master of Science degree in Public Communication and Technology from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English Language from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria.
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Senior Advisor

Kim joins MetroLab as the Senior Director of Civic Research and Innovation. In this role, they directly support MetroLab membership and lead initiatives in the civic research domain. Part researcher, part practitioner, and part muppet, Kim has consistently kept one foot in the ivory tower and one foot on the ground, pairing research and data with practice to seek real solutions to social policy and planning problems. Questioning who we think of as ‘expert’ and how stakeholders identify ‘value’ are common threads that pervade their work. Prior to their work with MetroLab, Kim served as the Civic Research Director and then Open Data Manager at the City of Boston. Kim holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from UCLA, an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning and Child Development from Tufts University, a doctorate in Social Policy and Sociology from Brandeis University, and puppies anytime they can.



Senior Advisor, Communications

Stefania is the Senior Advisor of 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).

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.


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