Jean Rice, NTIA BroadbandUSA

Jean Rice is a Senior Broadband Program Specialist for the National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) BroadbandUSA program. Ms. Rice focuses on the development of new broadband initiatives for local, state and tribal governments as well as planning and implementation efforts for Smart Cities and Communities projects.

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Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, FCC

Mignon L. Clyburn served as Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission, following her appointment by President Barack Obama on May 20, 2013. As Commissioner, she is serving a second term as a Democrat on the Commission, for which she was sworn in on February 19, 2013 following her re-nomination by the President and confirmation by the United States Senate.

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Congressman Brendan Boyle, US House of Representatives

Congressman Brendan Boyle was born and raised in the Olney neighborhood of Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District. A first-generation American, Congressman Boyle’s father emigrated from Ireland in search of a better life. As the proud son of a janitor and a crossing guard, he learned from an early age that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can make it in America.

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André Hentz, DHS Science and Technology

Mr. André Hentz assumed the role of Deputy Under Secretary (Acting) for Science and Technology at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on January 30, 2017. He previously served as a Senior Leader and Science Advisor to the Under Secretary and Chief Scientist for the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T).

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Jake Rishavy, Colorado Smart Cities Alliance

Jake Rishavy is Co-Founder of the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance, a statewide public, private and academic collaboration based on accelerating the responsible adoption of smart cities practices. Jake also serves as the Vice President of Innovation for the Denver South Economic Development Partnership.

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Jason Goldman, ITS America

Jason Goldman is the Vice President for External Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America).  As part of his work managing ITS America’s initiative on bringing thought leadership to emerging transportation technology issues, Goldman is focused on the policies needed to advance the creation of smart communities.

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Zack Huhn, Venture Smarter

Zack Huhn is the founder of Venture Smarter and the Chair of the IEEE Smart Cities Standards Subcommittee. In 2016 Zack launched Regional Smart Cities Initiatives to help smaller and medium-sized communities realize smart city success stories just like major cities. Recently, he has earned a spot on the list "Top 50 Global Leaders in Smart Cities".

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Tom Synan, Hamilton County Heroin Coalition

Mr. Synan is a United States Marine Corps veteran and a 24-year police veteran with the Newtown Police Department. For the last 10 years, Mr. Synan has served as Police Chief for Newtown, Ohio. Mr. Synan served 10 years on the Hamilton County Regional SWAT Team where he held the position of Team Leader, planning and executing high-risk search warrants and operations which intervened on heroin distribution.
 

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Manu Bhardwaj, Mastercard

Manu Bhardwaj is the Director of Research and Insight for Mastercard. He is responsible for managing and building the Center’s relationships with respected thought leaders and research institutions.  In addition, he works closely with Mastercard’s Chief Economist and Center’s Chair of Advisory Council in developing the Center’s research agenda to deliver actionable insights around inclusive growth.

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