Secretary Esther Lee, Commonwealth of Virginia

Secretary Esther Lee is the Secretary of Commerce and Trade for The Commonwealth of Virginia.  Esther Lee is a strategic business leader with senior management experience in Fortune 500 companies and government, including being Senior Policy Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce under the Obama Administration.

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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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Bob Kolasky, DHS NPPD

Bob Kolasky serves as the Acting Deputy Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD). As Acting Deputy Under Secretary, he oversees IP, the Federal Protective Service and the Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis, and works with the Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications to ensure a holistic approach to critical infrastructure protection across physical and cyber risks activities.

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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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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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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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Mitchell Kominsky, Venture Smarter

Mitchell Kominsky is the Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer for Venture Smarter. Mitchell is leading the company's effort to build a platform, based on artificial intelligence, to help cultivate the Internet of Things ecosystem. Mitchell recently served as a senior counsel for U.S. Senate Leadership on emerging technology, and is the author of various cybersecurity laws.

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