The City of Seattle has hired Kate Garman to run the City’s Smart City program that will leverage technology to improve the lives of Seattle residents. The Smart City program will implement and manage policies, partnerships, systems, platforms, and networks that ensure the security and manageability of our Smart City environment and that ensure that the technology is deployed and managed responsibly and in accordance with our privacy and digital equity commitments.
“Seattle strives to become a smarter city, responsibly use new technologies and data to improve our community’s quality of life. This means bringing together stakeholders from across the city to understand when these technologies can provide value, and to facilitate deployment in a manner trusted by our community,” said Chief Technology Officer Michael Mattmiller. “We are excited to have a proven leader like Kate help us advance our efforts in this space.”
As the Smart City Coordinator, Garman will collaborate with staff across City departments to develop a strategy that ensures the City’s Smart City projects are running smoothly and efficiently and are following City standards and policies. The Smart City strategy will work to ensure that Smart City solutions are supportable and maintainable by Seattle IT and appropriate City department staff. For example, a long-term strategy will be to have data from the Smart City program flowing through the Open Data portal. Smart City projects will also need to be managed responsibly in accordance with the City’s privacy and digital equity principles.