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Speaker

Jascha Franklin-Hodge

Jascha Franklin-Hodge is the Executive Director of the Open Mobility Foundation (OMF). This city-led foundation helps government and industry collaborate to develop open source tools and data standards that support adoption and regulation of emerging mobility technology.

He previously served in the cabinet of Mayor Martin J. Walsh as Boston’s Chief Information Officer, and lead the City’s Department of Innovation and Technology. He managed a team responsible for the City’s efforts to build exceptional, user-centered digital services, harness data to improve quality of life, empower City employees with effective technology, and improve access to the Internet and technical skills training for all Boston residents.

Previously, Franklin-Hodge co-founded Blue State Digital (BSD) where he oversaw the development and operation of the BSD Tools, an online fundraising, email, and CRM platform that raised over $1B and powered the digital presence of President Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns.

Franklin-Hodge has been a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, working at the intersection of mobility, technology, and public policy, and a consultant to the private sector on new mobility and smart cities.

He serves on the boards of LivableStreets Alliance, Tech Goes Home, and MITX (Massachusetts Information Technology Exchange). He studied computer science at MIT.