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Economic Development [clear filter]
Thursday, September 8

9:15am PDT

Bold Visions Revolutionizing Cities
Limited Capacity filling up

Cities are using technology to transform the way they interact with residents and businesses.  For example, Mayors are increasingly using data-driven dashboards to track how quickly potholes are being filled.  But these improvements often require revolutionary changes to public infrastructure and policies.  This session will feature bold visionaries that are pushing major initiatives that will revolutionize how cities operate.

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Ian Kalin

Chief Data Officer, eHealth
Ian is passionate about empowering people. As a veteran of the U.S. Navy, power plant construction, tech start-ups, and the White House, Ian has spent years helping people to grow businesses, save lives, and accomplish their public service missions. Today, he is committed to helping... Read More →

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Mark Farrell

Supervisor, City and County of San Francisco
Supervisor Mark Farrell represents District 2, which includes the Presidio, Marina, Cow Hollow, Pacific Heights, Presidio Heights, Anza Vista, Laurel Heights, Jordan Park, the Lake Street corridor, Sea Cliff and parts of Russian Hill.Supervisor Farrell currently serves as: Chair of... Read More →
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Sonny Hashmi

Managing Director, Global Government, Box
Sonny Hashmi is the Managing Director of Global Government Strategy at Box. In his role, Sonny is responsible for developing and executing a go-to market strategy for Box within global public sectors, and represents Box as a cloud computing thought-leader in government. Sonny also... Read More →
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Naomi Kelly

City Administrator, City and County of San Francisco
Naomi M. Kelly is San Francisco’s City Administrator, one of the highest-ranking non-elected officials of the City and County. In this capacity, Ms. Kelly oversees the General Services Agency consisting of 25 departments, divisions, and programs that include Public Works Department... Read More →
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Tina Lee

Founder/CEO, MotherCoders
Tina is the Founder and CEO of MotherCoders, a non-profit social enterprise dedicated to on-ramping women with kids to careers in technology so they can thrive in a digital economy. In 2015, under Tina’s leadership, MotherCoders won a finalist prize in the Bay Area Google Impact... Read More →

Thursday September 8, 2016 9:15am - 10:40am PDT
David Brower Center - Goldman Theater

11:05am PDT

Answering the Diversity Challenge
Limited Capacity seats available

This panel is less about the "why" and more about the "how" we can maintain and increase diversity in our cities.  The why is well understood.  Diversity is good for a city's culture, community, and workforce.  The how is less understood.  How are we going to deal with rising housing prices and industry wide lack of diversity forcing long-time residents and alternative lifestyles out of the city.  How can we stop and reverse this trend?  The heart of our cities depend on it.

Join experts as they share best practices and forward thinking visions of...

  • How to increase investments in underrepresented entrepreneurs

  • How policymakers play a role in improving diversity in the private sector

  • How the private sector can self-promote more inclusive practices

  • How a city can help build a pipeline of diverse talent

  • How the future looks for diversity  

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Melinda Epler

Founder & CEO, Change Catalyst
Melinda Briana Epler has more than 20 years of experience elevating brands and developing business innovation strategies for social entrepreneurs, mature social enterprises, Fortune 500 companies and global NGOs. As Founder & CEO of Change Catalyst, Melinda empowers diverse, inclusive... Read More →

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Evan Engstrom (Engine)

Executive Director, Engine
Evan Engstrom is the Executive Director of Engine. Prior to joining Engine, Evan was an attorney at Farella Braun + Martel in San Francisco, focusing on copyright and other intellectual property litigation matters. At Farella, Evan litigated several high-profile Digital Millennium... Read More →
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José Cisneros

San Francisco Treasurer, Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector
José Cisneros is the elected Treasurer for the City and County of San Francisco. As Treasurer, he serves as the City’s banker and Chief Investment Officer, managing all tax and revenue collection for San Francisco. In office since 2004, Cisneros has used his experience in the tech... Read More →
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Colin Lacon

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Office of the Mayor, City and County of San Francisco
Colin Lacon is currently the Mayor’s Director of Strategic Partnerships for Mayor Ed Leein the City and County of San Francisco. His responsibility includes creating,coordinating, and facilitating public/private partnerships for the benefit of the residents ofSan Francisco. He serves... Read More →
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Laura Moran

Unite SF Interim Director, SF Chamber of Commerce
Laura Moran blends over 30 years of business, education and philanthropic experience to promote educational equity cross-sector partnerships in the Bay Area. She currently serves as the San Francisco’s Chamber of Commerce Interim Director for Unite SF, which reflects a collective... Read More →
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Rachel Williams

Head Of Diversity & Inclusion
Rachel Williams is the Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Yelp. She leads the company's global initiatives for attracting, hiring, retaining and including talent from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Prior to rejoining Yelp, Rachel was the Head of Talent Acquisition for ClearSlide... Read More →

Thursday September 8, 2016 11:05am - 12:30pm PDT
David Brower Center - Kinzie Room

1:45pm PDT

It's all about the Fundamentals: How Local Governments Support Economic Competitiveness by Putting Users First
Limited Capacity filling up

How are local governments supporting the creation of new businesses and growth of existing ones through redesigning core economic development services? Who within government is driving this change? And a first for many governments, putting the needs of their citizens and businesses first!

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Efrem Bycer

Director of Economic Development, Code for America
Efrem leads Code for America's efforts in helping governments better leverage open data and civic technology to support their economic development efforts. Prior to joining CfA in May 2015, Efrem was a manager of economic development at the San Diego Regional Economic Development... Read More →

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John Keisler

Director of the Innovation Team, City of Long Beach
John Keisler is the Director of the Innovation Team and has lived in Long Beach for the past 12 years. He has a Masters in Public Administration from the USC Price School of Public Policy. Over the years, he’s led multiple change-management projects throughout the City, serving... Read More →
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Tess Posner

Director of TechHire, Opportunity@Work
TechHire, Opportunity@Work’s flagship project, is a public-private initiative in American cities, states, and rural communities to to get more Americans rapidly trained for well-paying technology jobs. TechHire fills local IT jobs and empowers Americans with the skills they need... Read More →
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Todd Rufo

Director, Office of Economic and Workforce Development
Todd Rufo is the Director of the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), whose mission is to create shared prosperity for all San Franciscans by growing good jobs, training and connecting residents to those jobs, supporting our small businesses, creating... Read More →

Thursday September 8, 2016 1:45pm - 3:10pm PDT
David Brower Center - Kinzie Room

3:35pm PDT

How Art Impacts the Economy and the Economy Impacts Art
Limited Capacity seats available

Art was once limited to galleries and showings.  Now it's hit the streets and cities around the world are adding immense benefits to their citizens and businesses through the installation of public art exhibits and infrastructures.  Extensive planning, funding, design, development, and maintenance challenges increase exponentially with the size and scale of the installation.  Is it worth it?

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Ben Davis

Founder & Chief Visionary Officer, Illuminate
Ben Davis is one of the lucky ones who found a way to blend personal passion and profession. Determined to work on projects that had “meaning,” he cut his professional teeth as the manager of public information on the $4b Boston Harbor Cleanup Project. In 1994, he moved to San... Read More →

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Maria Jenson (US)

Creative & Executive Director, SOMArts
Maria Jenson is the Executive Director of SOMArts Cultural Center. Prior to joining SOMArts, Maria was a key member of the External Relations team managing the reopening of SFMOMA following the museum’s $300 million dollar expansion. At SFMOMA, she worked across departments and... Read More →
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Joe D'Alessandro

President & CEO, SF Travel
D’Alessandro has served as president and CEO of San Francisco Travel Association since July 2006. With more than 1,500 members and an annual budget of $32 million, the destination marketing organization is one of the largest membership-based tourism promotion agencies in the country. Prior to joining San Francisco Travel, D’Alessandro was president and CEO... Read More →
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Tom DeCaigny

Director of Cultural Affairs, City & County of San Francisco
Tom DeCaigny is San Francisco’s Director of Cultural Affairs where he oversees the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC). The SFAC is a $24 million City agency that champions the arts as essential to daily life by investing in a vibrant arts sector, enlivening the urban environment... Read More →

Thursday September 8, 2016 3:35pm - 5:00pm PDT
David Brower Center - Kinzie Room