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.Read More
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.Read More
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).Read More
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.Read More
Thea Walsh, AICP is the Transportation Systems and Funding Director Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. MORPC is a voluntary association of Central Ohio governments and regional organizations that envisions and embraces innovative directions in transportation, energy, housing, land use, the environment and economic prosperity.
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.Read More
Bob Bennett became the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Kansas City, Missouri, in January 2016 after a 25-year career in the US Army. He leads the Smart City initiatives, a suite of projects including: data analysis, Public Wi-Fi, digital kiosk installation, and smart lighting programs in the city’s downtown core.Read More
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".Read More
Mark Policinski is celebrating his 26th year as a CEO, the past fourteen years with the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI). Prior to OKI, Mr. Policinski held senior-level positions in the private sector, including CEO of the Brown Publishing Company and vice president of The CoStar Group.Read More
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.
Rhonda Binda is Co-founder and SVP of Policy for Venture Smarter and Executive Director of their Smart Regions Initiatives. She has a distinguished history of public service, as Deputy Director for the U.S. Department of State’s Global Intergovernmental Affairs Division, and in the West Wing of the White House, under two administrations respectively. In between her government tours she practiced technology law with Alston & Bird.Read More
Gabe is the former Commissioner of the Chicago and Washington DC Departments of Transportation. In both cities he revamped technology platforms and government processes while focusing on putting people first vs. automobiles on city streets.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More