Transformers Cities
Cities across America have become focal points for change and transformation, leveraging new technologies and big ideas to adapt to waves of population growth, demographic shifts and economic pressures.
On November 14, The Washington Post brought together city officials, urban strategists, innovators and technologists to discuss and debate the advancements that are shaping the future of cities across the country. They suggested new models for economic development, explored how next-generation technology is changing the public and private sectors at the local level, highlighted the latest trends in urban planning and more.
“Transformers: Cities” is part of The Washington Post’s “Transformers” series that explores how technological advances, business trends and new ways of thinking are upending industries and changing everyday life.
Cities on the Move
How can transportation adapt to the needs of cities growing in both size and population, and what does the future of mobility mean for how people live and work in urban centers?
Raj Kapoor, Chief Strategy Officer at Lyft, Jessica Robinson, Director of City Solutions at Ford Smart Mobility and Jeffrey Tumlin, Principal and Director of Strategy at Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, discuss the future of mobility and how transportation technology can adapt to the needs of growing cities.
    Raj Kapoor, Chief Strategy Officer at Lyft, Jessica Robinson, Director of City Solutions at Ford Smart Mobility and Jeffrey Tumlin, Principal and Director of Strategy at Nelson\Nygaard Consulting, discuss the future of self-driving cars.
      Jessica Robinson, Director of City Solutions at Ford Smart Mobility, Jeffrey Tumlin, Principal and Director of Strategy at Nelson\Nygaard Consulting and Raj Kapoor, Chief Strategy Officer at Lyft talk about the importance of collaboration for data collection between organizations.
        Jeffrey Tumlin, Principal and Director of Strategy at Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Raj Kapoor, Chief Strategy Officer at Lyft and Jessica Robinson, Director of City Solutions at Ford Smart Mobility, explain how cities and consumers are making choices between private ride-sharing services and public transportation.
          Raj Kapoor
          Chief Strategy Officer, Lyft
          Raj Kapoor is the Chief Strategy Officer for Lyft, as well as the Head of Business for Lyft’s self-driving division. A seasoned entrepreneur and Silicon Valley veteran, Raj also serves as a board advisor for ClassPass, and a Venture Advisor at Mayfield Fund. Prior to Lyft, he co-founded Snapfish, where he spent six years as CEO, leading the online photo services pioneer as they amassed more than 100 million users, and a 2005 acquirement by HP.
          Jessica Robinson
          Director, City Solutions, Ford Smart Mobility
          Jessica Robinson is Director, City Solutions at Ford Smart Mobility where she works with cities to understand local priorities and to identify new mobility solutions to meet current and future transportation needs. She previously launched new startup accelerator programs at Techstars to further a global ecosystem focused on empowering entrepreneurs.
          Jeffrey Tumlin
          Principal and Director of Strategy, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates
          Jeffrey Tumlin is principal and director of strategy at Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, a sustainable transportation planning and engineering firm, where he has led award-winning plans in cities from Seattle and Vancouver to Moscow and Abu Dhabi. During 2016-17, Jeff was the interim director of Oakland’s first Department of Transportation.
          Moderated by Brian Fung
          Brian Fung is a technology reporter for The Washington Post.
          Next-Gen Governance
          From streets to civic services, a look at the latest ways technology and data allow local governments to connect with citizens and their cities.
          Beth Blauer, Founder of GovEx at Johns Hopkins University, Kate Garman, Smart City Coordinator for the City of Seattle, and Erie Meyer, Senior Director of National Network at Code for America, analyze the latest ways technology and data allow local governments to connect with citizens in their cities.
            Beth Blauer, Founder of GovEx at Johns Hopkins University, Kate Garman, Smart City Coordinator for the City of Seattle, and Erie Meyer, Senior Director of National Network at Code for America, discuss how smart cities can connect individuals with data to benefit everyone.
              Beth Blauer, Founder of GovEx at Johns Hopkins University, Kate Garman, Smart City Coordinator for the City of Seattle, and Erie Meyer, Senior Director of National Network at Code for America, describe the importance of digital and cultural inclusivity for the future of smart cities.
                Beth Blauer
                Executive Director and Founder, GovEx
                Beth Blauer is the Executive Director and founder of the Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University (GovEx). As a public servant and international expert on government performance programs, Beth has spent her career working to improve people’s lives by bringing data into governments’ decision-making processes.
                Kate Garman
                Smart City Coordinator, City of Seattle
                Kate Garman is the Smart City Coordinator for the City of Seattle. In this role, she works across city departments to develop a comprehensive smart city strategy. Previously, she was the Innovation Policy Advisor for the City of Kansas City, MO, drafting ordinances and policy recommendations to foster innovation in Kansas City.
                Erie Meyer
                Senior Director, National Network, Code for America
                Erie Meyer is Code for America's National Network Director and co-founder of the United States Digital Service. Before co-founding the United States Digital Service, Meyer was Senior Advisor to the U.S. CTO at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she worked on President Obama’s Open Data Initiatives, the Presidential Innovation Fellowship, and cross-agency efforts to improve technology in government.
                Moderated by Cleve R. Wootson, Jr.
                Cleve R. Wootson, Jr. is a general assignment reporter for The Washington Post.
                D.C.: Building from the City, Up
                A discussion of Washington, D.C.’s growth and revitalization through the lens of urban development and economic opportunity.
                Brian T. Kenner, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development in Washington, D.C., Nicole Mozeliak, General Manager of the Mid-Atlantic Territory at WeWork, and Shawn Seaman, Executive Vice President at PN Hoffman, lead a discussion on Washington, D.C.’s growth and revitalization through the lens of urban development and economic opportunity.
                  Shawn Seaman, Executive Vice President at PN Hoffman, describes the newly developed District Wharf, a revitalized neighborhood on the waterfront in Southwest Washington, D.C.
                    Brian T. Kenner, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development for Washington, D.C., Nicole Mozeliak, General Manager for Mid-Atlantic Territory at WeWork, and Shawn Seaman, Executive Vice President at PN Hoffman, discuss economic development incentives and inclusivity in Washington D.C.
                      Brian T. Kenner, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development in Washington, D.C. says he could "not overstate how important" public transportation is for the long-term vitality of the Washington metropolitan area.
                        Brian T. Kenner
                        Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Washington, DC
                        As the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Brian T. Kenner oversees the Economic Development Cluster agencies supporting Mayor Muriel Bowser’s initiatives to grow and strengthen Washington, DC’s economy with a focus on preserving affordable housing, creating jobs, and increasing tax revenue.
                        Nicole Mozeliak
                        General Manager, MidAtlantic Territory, WeWork
                        Nicole Mozeliak is the General Manager at WeWork for the MidAtlantic Territory.  She is a proven leader in various industries most recently coming from Zipcar where she was the Vice President of North American Operations and Revenue Management.  In that role, she worked with cities to transform the way they planned  infrastructure and growth as it related to mobility.  She has extensive experience developing businesses from infancy to maturity and creating structure and process as they grow.
                        Shawn Seaman
                        Principal and Executive Vice President, PN Hoffman
                        Shawn Seaman joined PN Hoffman in 2001 and currently leads the acquisitions and development activities for the company. Since 2006, Seaman has acted as Project Director for The Wharf, where he has managed the development team and all aspects of the project development, including design, entitlements, financing, and implementation.
                        Moderated by Jonathan O’Connell
                        Jonathan O’Connell is an economic development reporter for The Washington Post.
                        Content from Qualcomm
                        The Internet of Things is creating new opportunities for cities beyond those currently underway. Fueled by the ubiquitous connectivity provided by 4G and upcoming 5G networks, new use cases and applications will completely reshape how cities are run - creating an urban environment that is safer, more productive and enjoyable. Qualcomm’s Raj Talluri and Ben Levine from MetroLab discuss the current and future technology landscape – and delve into how we can expect it will transform American cities big, medium and small.
                        • Nov 14
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