Join the Urban Institute and the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth for a discussion on how local leaders can harness technological innovation to understand and address inequalities in their communities.

New information, communication, and transportation technologies have generated countless innovations in business and commerce that are reshaping economies in US cities and metropolitan areas. But we know little about how technological changes reinforce or reduce racial and economic inequalities.

The summit will explore new platforms facilitating better communication between residents and their governments and technology-supported tools local leaders are using to tackle inequalities head on. Panels will also identify innovative policies and partnerships that enable public investments in technology to yield more inclusive outcomes.


Featured Speakers

  • Jimmy Chen, Founder and CEO, Propel
  • Sandy Fernandez, Senior Director, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth 
  • Rayid Ghani, Director, Center for Data Science and Public Policy, University of Chicago 
  • Solomon Greene, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute 
  • Matt Hoffman, Vice President, Innovation, Enterprise Community Partners 
  • Ellen Hwang, Assistant Director of Strategic Initiatives, Office of Innovation and Technology, Philadelphia 
  • Nigel Jacob, Cochair, Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics
  • Kiran Jain, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, Neighborly
  • B. J. Mahal, Vice President, Smart Cities and Urban Innovation, Mastercard 
  • ST Mayer, ‎Chief Program Officer, Code for America 
  • Jennifer Rademaker, Executive Vice President, Mastercard
  • Sarah Rosen Wartell, President, Urban Institute 
  • Gustavo Velasquez, Senior Director, Urban: Greater DC
  • Joy Whitt, Economic Intelligence, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, DC


Registration will begin 1:30 p.m., and the program will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. A networking reception will follow the event. Please contact with questions regarding this event. 

Support for this event is provided by the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth.  For more information on the Urban Institute’s funding principles, go to



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