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Innovation for Inclusion Summit: Harnessing Technology to Create More Equitable Cities

The Urban Institute and the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth held 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 explored new platforms facilitating better communication between residents and their governments and technology-supported tools local leaders are using to tackle inequalities head on. Panels also identified 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 
  • 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 
  • Sarah Rosen Wartell, President, Urban Institute 
  • Gustavo Velasquez, Senior Director, Urban: Greater DC
  • Joy Whitt, Economic Intelligence Analyst, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, DC
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Please contact [email protected] 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



Date & Time Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Urban Institute 2100 M Street NW
5th floor
Washington , DC , 20037
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  • Senior Fellow
  • Senior Director, Urban–Greater DC
  • President
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