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Accelerate This! Government as Social Innovator Event

Held in Los Angeles on May 1, in conjunction with the Summit on Government Performance and Innovation, Accelerate This! Government as Social Innovator is a special presentation of City Accelerator, an initiative led by Living Cities and supported by the Citi Foundation that helps to accelerate the adoption of innovations within and across local governments.

Come hear a panel of America’s dynamic, leading mayors discuss the value of private investment to public innovation and problem-solving. Facilitated by Minneapolis Foundation President and former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, three mayors will engage in a lively discussion on how “municipal innovation” is really “social innovation.”

Accelerate This! Government as Social Innovator will also feature fast-paced presentations from four top-performing cities on proven innovations that can have a large-scale impact on the way local government works. From using behavioral insights to improve city programs, to engaging traditionally disenfranchised communities for a more responsive and collaborative city, to leveraging public-private partnership for public sector infrastructure, or using private dollars to finance prototyping, these are innovations any city can adopt today.

Confirmed Speakers:

The Honorable Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor, City of Gary, Indiana

The Honorable Eric Garcetti, Mayor, City of Los Angeles, California

The Honorable Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland, California

The Honorable R.T. Rybak, President and CEO, Minneapolis Foundation, Former Mayor, Minneapolis

Kathy Nyland, Director of Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle, WA

Grace Simrall, Chief of Civic Innovation and Technology, Louisville, KY

Anjali Chainani, Director of Policy and GovLabPHL at Mayor’s Office, Philadelphia, PA

Seth Miller-Gabriel, Director, Office of Public Private-Partnerships (OP3), Washington, D.C.

Hosted by:

Brandee McHale, President, Citi Foundation & Director Corporate Citizenship, Citi

Ben Hecht, President and CEO, Living Cities

For more information on the Summit for Government Performance and Innovation, click here. For further information on Accelerate This!, please email Crystal Li



Accelerate This! Government as Social Innovator features leaders at the intersection of philanthropy and government offering ideas about how non-public dollars can be used to drive innovation and systemic change on complex social issues.

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