As Washington remains polarized and deadlocked, cities across the country are implementing change for a more connected, more inclusive community. Local government leaders are rethinking what it means to connect with their constituents, finance infrastructure impacted by rapid advancements in technology, and plan for the future.  

New thinking requires new perspectives. Of the 100 largest cities in America, only 19 are led by women mayors. In Congress, women make up just 20% of our elected representatives. As women run for office in record numbers, we’ll evaluate the changing landscape of smart cities through the lens of women leaders. 

Bloomberg Government invites city, state, and federal officials and their partners in urban innovation to the Women in Smart Cities Forum to share successes won and challenges still to overcome in charting a path to inclusive smart cities. 



Date and Time:

June 14, 2018 
8:00 AM – 10:30 AM 


Bloomberg Government 
1101 K St NW
Washington, DC 20001

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8:00 AM          Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM          Welcome to the Women in Smart Cities Forum

  • Karen Toulon, Global Cross-Platform, Talent/Content Development, Bloomberg News
  • Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA-06)

8:35 AM          Keynote Conversation

  • Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Gary, IN
  • Mayor Catherine Pugh, Baltimore, MD

In conversation with  Amy Morris, Anchor, Bloomberg Radio

9:00 AM          Executive Outlook

  • Kathy Grillo, Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs, Verizon

In conversation with Arielle Elliott, President, Bloomberg Government

9:10 AM          Collaborating on Smart City Solutions. Smart cities are leveraging the latest technology to solve problems and plan for a more resilient future. In the current political climate, public-private partnerships are a critical aspect of smart city development. Officials discuss the top technology and infrastructure challenges that cities are looking to address, and lessons learned from successful collaborations. 

  • Margaret Anadu, Managing Director, Urban Investment Group, Goldman Sachs
  • Shonte Eldridge, Deputy Chief of Operations, Baltimore, MD
  • Rachelle Garrett, Director, Government Solutions, Microsoft
  • Lani Ingram, Vice President, Verizon Smart Communities

Moderator: Nicole DuPuis, Manager, Urban Innovation, National League of Cities

9:40 AM          Change Agents in City Hall. New technology has necessitated new technical roles in local government and mayors have taken the opportunity to increase the number of women in city hall. Past and present city officials have a frank discussion on creating a culture that recruits, develops and retains top talent in local government to reflect the overall population of the communities they serve.

  • Jeanethe Falvey, Chief Digital Officer, Boston, MA
  • Debra Lam, Managing Director, Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation, Georgia Tech
  • Adrienne Schmoeker , Director of Civic Engagement and Strategy, Mayor's Office of Data Analytics, New York, NY

Moderator: Beth Blauer, Executive Director, Center for Government Excellence

10:05 AM        Crafting a National Strategy for Smart Cities. Realizing the promise of smarter cities requires a realignment of federal policies and incentives. Advocates for investing in smart city capabilities discuss how federal leaders are working to build a 21st century economy that benefits American communities and historically underserved populations. 

  • Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY-09)
  • Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA-01)
  • Gail Slater, Special Assistant to the President for Technology, Telecom, and Cyber-Security Policy, National Economic Council

Moderator: Sarah Babbage, Legislative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

10:30 AM        Event Concludes


  • Anadu
    Margaret Anadu, Managing Director, Urban Investment Group, Goldman Sachs

    Margaret is head of the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group (UIG), a domestic, multi-asset class investing and lending business that sits within the Consumer & Commercial Banking Division (CCBD). Established in 2001, UIG provides equity and debt to real estate projects and social enterprises and satisfies GS Bank's Community Reinvestment Act obligation. UIG commits approximately $1 billion annually to community and economic development investments, benefiting underserved communities and serving as a catalyst in the revitalization of distressed urban neighborhoods. 

    Margaret serves on the Goldman Sachs Bank USA Management Committee and is co-chair of the divisional Capital Committee. Previously, she worked in Equity Derivatives in the Securities Division. She joined Goldman Sachs as an analyst in 2003 and was named managing director in 2013.

    Margaret serves on the boards of several community and economic development nonprofit organizations, including the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, Center for an Urban Future, Core Innovation Capital and 651 Arts.

    Margaret earned a BA in Computer Science from Harvard College in 2003.

  • babbage
    Sarah Babbage, Legislative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

    Sarah Babbage is a legislative analyst with Bloomberg Government where she covers tax, trade, and infrastructure policy. Previously, she researched the fiscal and economic health of state governments, as well as federal fiscal policy, at the Pew Charitable Trusts. Sarah has a master's degree in Government from Georgetown University and a bachelor's degree in international development from McGill University.

  • blauer
    Beth Blauer, Executive Director, Center for Government Excellence

    Beth Blauer is the Executive Director and founder of the Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University (GovEx). As a dedicated 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. Prior to leading GovEx, Beth designed and launched Socrata’s GovStat platform for federal, state, and local governments. Having entered public service as a juvenile probation officer in Maryland, Beth was tapped by then Governor Martin O’Malley to lead his nationally recognized StateStat program. Beth is a graduate of the University of Maryland and holds a JD from New York Law School.

  • Clarke
    Yvette D. Clarke, Congresswoman (D-NY-09)

    Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, a Brooklyn native proud of her Jamaican heritage, attended the New York City public schools, graduated from Oberlin College, and was a recipient of the prestigious APPAM/Sloan Fellowship in Public Policy and Policy Analysis. Prior to being elected to the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Clarke served on the New York City Council, representing the Fortieth District in Brooklyn. She succeeded her pioneering mother, former City Council Member Dr. Una S. T. Clarke, making them the first mother-daughter succession in the history of the City Council.

    As the representative of the Ninth Congressional District of New York, she has dedicated herself to continuing the legacy of excellence established by the late Honorable Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman and Caribbean American elected to Congress. In the 115th Congress, Congresswoman Clarke serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee, the Committee on Small Business, and the Ethics Committee

    Congresswoman Clarke has demonstrated her capacity for leadership as Chair of the Multicultural Media Caucus, dedicated to eliminating stereotypes in the media and expanding ownership to include communities of color, as Co-Chair of the Smart Cities Caucus which serves as an informal group of Members dedicated to issues related to the transformation of our communities to smart cities, how it will bring about innovation and technological change, and the role that Congress can play in this transformation.

    She is also the Co-Chair of the Black Women & Girls Caucus, which develops programs to support the aspirations of African American women of all ages, and an At-Large member of the Congressional Black Caucus Executive Committee. 

    Congresswoman Clarke currently resides in the neighborhood where she grew up, in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn.

  • Delbene
    Suzan DelBene, Congresswoman (D-WA-01)

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene represents Washington’s First Congressional District, which spans from northeast King County to the Canadian border, and includes parts of King, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties.

    First sworn into the House of Representatives on Nov. 13, 2012, Suzan brings a unique voice to the nation’s capital, with more than two decades of experience as a successful technology entrepreneur and business leader. Her experience and focus on achieving concrete results allowed Suzan to break through congressional gridlock and get things done, earning her early praise from the Everett Herald, who called her “the most prolific, effective member of her freshman class."

    With hard work and financial aid, such as student loans and work-study programs, Suzan she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Reed College. Following Reed, Suzan worked in the biotechnology industry before earning an MBA from the University of Washington and embarking on a successful career as a technology leader and innovator. In more than two decades as an executive and entrepreneur, she helped to start drugstore.com as its vice president of marketing and store development, and served as CEO and president of Nimble Technology, a business software company based on technology developed at the University of Washington. Suzan also spent 12 years at Microsoft, most recently as corporate vice president of the company’s mobile communications business.

    Suzan’s mix of real world experience in the private and public sector gives her a deep understanding of how to build successful businesses, create jobs, implement real fiscal accountability and adopt policies that provide individuals with access to opportunity.

  • DuPuis
    Nicole DuPuis, Manager, Urban Innovation, National League of Cities

    Nicole DuPuis is the Manager for Urban Innovations in the Center for City Solutions at the National League of Cities. Her areas of expertise include infrastructure, transportation, technology, telecommunications and urban innovation. Throughout her career in urban policy she has published several articles in both peer reviewed and policy oriented outlets and contributed to numerous research reports on these topics. She is also a regular contributor to NLC’s blog, CitiesSpeak, on a variety of infrastructure and urban innovation topics. Follow Nicole on Twitter @nicolemdupuis

    The National League of Cities (NLC) is the nation’s leading advocacy organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. Through its membership and partnerships with state municipal leagues, NLC serves as a resource and advocate for more than 19,000 cities and towns and more than 218 million Americans. NLC’s Center for City Solutions and Applied Research provides research and analysis on key topics and trends important to cities, creative solutions to improve the quality of life in communities, inspiration and ideas for local officials to use in tackling tough issues, and opportunities for city leaders to connect with peers, share experiences and learn about innovative approaches in cities.

  • Eldridge
    Shonte Eldridge, Deputy Chief of Operations, Baltimore, MD

    Shonte Eldridge currently serves the City of Baltimore’s Deputy Chief of Operations where she is responsible for supporting the Mayor Pugh’s efforts to strategically align and transform City government, as well as developing several city wide initiatives/strategies that directly impact residents, visitors and business owners. 

    Ms. Eldridge has been leading diverse public service related projects for almost 20 years and is certified as a project management professional (PMP), which is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers.  Before her employment with the Mayor’s Office she held the positions of chief of legislative and external affairs for the Office of the States Attorney for Baltimore City , chief of policy and planning for Maryland's Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, and deputy chief of communications for the Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City.

    Ms. Eldridge's work in the industry has appeared in national publications and she has presented at various conferences and seminars, and is often called upon to teach leadership and strategic planning seminars for all levels of staff.

  • Elliott
    Arielle Elliott, President, Bloomberg Government

    Arielle Elliott is President of Bloomberg Government, where she is responsible for the growth of the division’s flagship Bloomberg Government product, which serves government affairs and government contracting professionals.  Prior to being elevated to her current role in 2018, Arielle was Vice President & General Manager of Government Affairs Solutions in Bloomberg BNA’s Government division, where she oversaw product development, news, analyst research, and commercial operations.

    Arielle joined Bloomberg BNA when Bloomberg Government became a part of the company on July 1, 2017. She has been part of the Bloomberg Government team since 2010. Arielle has led the business development team that serves corporate government affairs professionals, trade associations, law firms, lobbying firms, federal agencies, and Congress. She has over 15 years of experience as a business development executive with experience in media, publishing, and circulation.

    Arielle is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Women's Studies.

  • Falvey
    Jeanethe Falvey, Chief Digital Officer, Boston, MA

    Jeanethe Falvey is Boston’s second Chief Digital Officer, heading the team responsible for the look, feel, and function of Boston.gov and @CityofBoston social media. Jeanethe brings more than 10 years of experience in digital engagement strategy to the City. Prior to joining Boston in 2017, she served as the Director of Digital Strategy for National Geographic Society and led the creation of nationalgeographic.org following the transition with National Geographic Partners.

    Her start at the U.S. EPA, working with communities facing long-term cleanups and the responses to Hurricane Sandy and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, shaped her personal mission to improve digital communications for the government. Working to expand environmental awareness, she also revitalized DOCUMERICA by creating State of the Environment; a comparative photo project that revisited the nation’s environmental crises in the 1970s, and engaged with over 3,000 contributors to photograph the changes four decades later.  

  • Freeman-Wilson
    Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor, Gary, IN

    Karen Freeman-Wilson has been the Mayor of her hometown of Gary, Indiana since January 2012 becoming the first female to lead the city of Gary and the first African-American female Mayor in the state of Indiana. Mayor Freeman-Wilson has served in the public arena most of her professional life having previously served as the Indiana Attorney General, the Director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission and the presiding judge of the Gary City Court.  She is also a leader in the national drug court movement having served as the CEO of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and Executive Director of the National Drug Court Institute.

    Mayor Freeman-Wilson quickly attributes the signs of progress in Gary to the efforts of “Team Gary,” a group that includes city staff, members of other branches of government at the federal, state and local levels and those in the corporate, educational and non-profit arena who have joined the effort to rebuild the city of Gary.  Accomplishments include extensive paving, new job creation, the completion of a 100 million dollar airport runway relocation, the creation of Art House: A Social Kitchen, a work of public art and culinary incubator supported through funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Knight Foundation, and the development of key areas in the city including the Miller Beach, Emerson, University Park and Downtown neighborhoods. 

    Mayor Freeman-Wilson is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. She is the First Vice President of the National League of Cities and Chairperson of the Criminal and Social Justice Committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

  • Garrett
    Rachelle Garrett, Director, Government Solutions, Microsoft

    Rachelle Garrett is the Business Development Director for US State & Local Government and the US CityNext lead for Microsoft.  In her role, Rachelle develops and executes strategies to help government modernize and engage citizens in new ways.  By partnering with other companies to deliver these solutions – ranging from citizen engagement to smart infrastructure – Microsoft’s Government team is helping customers accelerate their Digital Transformation and empowering them to be more sustainable, prosperous and inclusive.

  • Grillo
    Kathy Grillo, Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs, Verizon

    Kathleen Grillo is senior vice president and deputy general counsel, public policy and government affairs, with responsibility for Verizon's public policy, federal and state legislative and regulatory affairs, antitrust and privacy, and strategic alliances.  In that role, she directs the company’s public policy positions before federal and state government agencies on a wide range of issues, including spectrum policy, privacy and internet governance.  She regularly represents the company on federal and state policy positions before the government and in the media.

    Ms. Grillo joined the company in June 2002 and has served in various senior level positions in the Public Policy, Law and Security organization.   

  • Lani
    Lani Ingram, Vice President, Verizon Smart Communities

    Mrinalini (Lani) Ingram is the VP of Verizon’s Smart Communities organization, leading the company’s initiative on digital transformation of cities, universities, utilities, and sports & entertainment organizations. Her goal is to drive economic growth, enable environmental sustainability, and enhance quality of life for citizens, students, and fans on a global scale.

    Verizon’s Smart Communities (VSC) team creates, implements and simplifies the deployment of smart solutions in areas such as lighting, traffic, parking, citizen engagement, and public safety & security with a commitment to developing best-in-class connected solutions while maintaining the highest standards of network security, data privacy, and solution implementation.  Under Lani’s leadership, the team has developed a Public Private Partnership model with cities, like Sacramento, to leverage the best of Verizon and government leaders in order to drive city innovation and deliver a diverse array of solutions for citizens.

    Lani has been a leader in developing the Smart Communities and IoT industry for over a decade, beginning with leading Cisco's Smart + Connected Communities Strategy and Business Development team where she worked closely with governments, ISVs/developers, enterprises, and service providers on business architectures and business models that wove together people, services, community assets, and information into pervasive solutions.  Lani has enabled Smart City initiatives through joint ventures, alliances, investments, and other business engagements across the globe including such countries as Korea, India, Malaysia, Australia, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Spain, France, Portugal, Germany, and the US.

  • Lam
    Debra Lam, Managing Director, Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation, Georgia Tech

    Debra Lam is the Managing Director of Smart Cities and Inclusive innovation for Georgia Tech, a newly created role to drive smart cities and urban innovation work across the university and beyond.

    Prior to this, she served as Pittsburgh's first ever Chief of Innovation & Performance where she oversaw all technology, sustainability, performance and innovation functions of city government. She crafted the city's first strategic plan for innovation, Inclusive Innovation Roadmap. She has been a receipt of various awards, including one of the top 50 Women in Technology nationally. She has worked and lived in New York, the United Kingdom, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.

    She is a graduate of Georgetown University and University of California, Berkeley.

  • matsui
    Doris Matsui, Congresswoman (D-CA-06)

    Congresswoman Doris Matsui has represented the city of Sacramento and its surrounding areas since 2005. As a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, she serves on the Health, Communications & Technology, Environment, and Digital Commerce & Consumer Protection subcommittees. She is committed to strengthening Sacramento’s flood protection, ensuring quality, affordable health care for all, promoting a clean energy economy, and creating a vibrant region where families can live, work, and play

    Congresswoman Matsui passionately works to increase public transportation options in Sacramento. She is engaged in the planning and execution of an intermodal transportation center in downtown Sacramento, was instrumental in securing federal funds to extend Sacramento’s light rail system, and is a leading proponent and has helped secure critical federal resources for a streetcar system linking Sacramento and West Sacramento

    Congresswoman Matsui is also a leader on technology and telecom policy. She is a leading proponent of net neutrality and ensuring access to the free and open Internet, authoring legislation that would prohibit so-called Internet fast lanes from harming consumers, small businesses and innovators. As the co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional High Tech Caucus, she advocates for policies to expand the innovative use of technology across every sector of the economy. She also is an ardent supporter of advancing STEM education, especially for women and girls

    During the 114th Congress, Congresswoman Matsui was elected by her peers to serve as a co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues. As co-chair, she worked closely with the 88 women Members of the House to advance issues that matter most to women in the United States. In addition, she chaired the Democratic Women’s Working Group, which advocates for an economic agenda for women and families.

  • Morris
    Amy Morris, Anchor, Bloomberg Radio

    Amy Morris anchors morning news on Bloomberg 99.1 in Washington, D.C. She also co-hosts the daily radio program, "Politics, Policy, and Power" on Bloomberg Radio. Before joining Bloomberg in 2015, Amy was a radio reporter and anchor at many well-regarded radio stations, including WTOP, Federal News Radio, and WNEW-FM in Washington, D.C., and WILL-AM in Urbana, Illinois. Amy's body of work is recognized by several broadcasting accolades, including RTNDA's prestigious Edward R. Murrow award.

  • Pugh
    Catherine Pugh, Mayor, Baltimore, MD

    Catherine Elizabeth Pugh was sworn in as the 50th Mayor of the City of Baltimore on December 6, 2016. Mayor Pugh has been a public servant for more than 15 years. She was elected to the Baltimore City Council in 1999 to represent the 4th District. In 2005 she was appointed to the House of Delegates of the Maryland General Assembly to represent the 40th District. She served for one year before running for her Senate seat in 2006. Her abilities to negotiate and her bipartisan approach catapulted her into various leadership positions in the Maryland Senate including serving as the Majority Leader.

    Mayor Pugh is the visionary founder of the Baltimore Design School, a public school for sixth through twelfth graders. She is the founder of the Baltimore Marathon, which is in its seventeenth year and has over a $30 million impact on the city. Mayor Pugh has served on several boards, including the University of Maryland Medical Systems, the Council of State Governments and is a former president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

    Mayor Pugh is a successful businesswoman, serving as President of CEPugh and Company, a marketing and public relations firm. She has worked as a banker, business developer, Dean and Director of Strayer Business College, Special Editor for the Baltimore Sun, and as a television and radio news reporter and talk show host. She is the author of a series of children’s books and an inspirational book of poetry.

    Mayor Pugh holds an MBA from Morgan State University and has received qualification from the University of California as an Economic Development Specialist. She has been recognized for her leadership by numerous local and national organizations.

  • Schmoeker
    Adrienne Schmoeker, Director of Civic Engagement and Strategy, Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics, New York, NY

    Adrienne Schmoeker has led strategic initiatives across multiple sectors. Starting her career in a leadership development program at Fortune 500 company Sears Holdings, she worked on a project-basis in marketing, data analysis, and strategy for different business units while dabbling with various startup organizations in New York City in her spare time. 

    She went on to join the social enterprise technology startup Catchafire, launching the company’s service in various markets in addition to designing and launching Catchafire's enterprise product and service. Adrienne then went to work at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation, led by NYC’s first Chief Technology Officer. She has now decided to devote her efforts towards the strategy and oversight of NYC’s Open Data Program and leading strategic partnerships with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics.

    Adrienne studied public policy and economics at the University of Chicago and hails from St. Louis, Missouri.

  • slater
    Gail Slater, Special Assistant to the President for Technology, Telecom, and Cyber-Security Policy, National Economic Council

    Abigail Slater is Special Assistant to the President for Technology, Telecom, and Cyber policy on the White House National Economic Council.  Prior to her current role, she was the General Counsel at the Internet Association and worked for a decade at the Federal Trade Commission as an enforcement attorney and as an attorney advisor to Commissioner Brill.  She trained as a lawyer in the London and Brussels offices of Freshfields law firm.  She holds degrees from University College, Dublin and Oxford University and is an IAPP/US/EU certified privacy professional.

  • Toulon
    Karen Toulon, Global Cross-Platform, Talent/Content Development, Bloomberg News

    In her role at Bloomberg News, Karen Toulon works with editorial and research teams worldwide to enhance Bloomberg's cross-platform staff development and coverage of global events -- powered by more than 2,700 journalists and analysts in more than 120 countries. 

    Karen's duties include on-air coaching for print journalists, researchers and broadcast staff; content development; university programming/instruction; and other internal and external initiatives that support Bloomberg's reporting, staff development and news leadership efforts.

    From 2007-2015, Karen served as New York Bureau Chief. Her previous roles include: Executive Editor, Global Newsmakers; Team Leader, U. S. Broadcast Interviews; and Team Leader, U.S. Affiliates TV. Karen joined Bloomberg News in December 1999 after positions at Reuters, CNBC, and the CBS Radio Network. At Reuters, Karen was the Managing Editor - Americas, for Reuters Financial TV and Deputy Managing Editor - Reuters America. At CNBC, Karen was one of two Supervising Producers for daytime TV, after many years of line producing. At CBS, Karen worked with Business Update, a business news broadcast produced by CBS for American Public Radio.

    A graduate of Dartmouth College, Karen earned an MS from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, with a concentration in broadcast.


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