Rhonda Binda, Executive Director, Regional Smart Cities Initiative; Co-Founder and VP of Policy, Venture Smarter
Rhonda Binda is VP Policy for Venture Smarter and Director of their Regional Smart Cities Initiatives. She has a distinguished history of public service, as Deputy Director for the U.S. Department of State’s Global Intergovernmental Affairs Division, and in the West Wing of the White House, under two administrations respectively. In between her government tours she practiced technology law with Alston & Bird. Binda most recently returned to her hometown and served as the Executive Director of the Jamaica Business Improvement District. Under her tenure, Governor Cuomo awarded Jamaica the #1 award state-wide for downtown revitalization, Jamaica was named #1 hottest neighborhood in NYC by the Wall Street Journal and won NYC’s SBS Neighborhood Challenge Grant. In 2016, she was Queens Chamber of Commerce’s Business Leader of the Year and named Community Leader of the Year by QCYD. Binda attended Duke and Oxford and received her JD from Georgetown.
Dr. Kelly Cohen, Professor of Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics, University of Cincinnati
Director of MOST AERO Labs and co-Director of UAV MASTER Labs conducting research in the following areas: Genetic Fuzzy AI, Collaborative UAV control and task planning, multi-agent decision making, UAV operations for enhanced situational awareness and resource allocation, disaster management using UAVs, estimation and control for feedback aerodynamic flow control, active vibration suppression, system identification of rotorcraft & morphing VTOL aircraft
Jean Rice, Senior Broadband Program Specialist, BroadbandUSA, NTIA
Jean Rice is a Senior Broadband Program Specialist for the National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) BroadbandUSA program. Ms. Rice focuses on the development of new broadband initiatives for local, state and tribal governments as well as planning and implementation efforts for Smart Cities and Communities projects. Prior to joining BroadbandUSA, she managed tribal, state and rural infrastructure projects for the Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program (BTOP) and lead efforts on key issues impacting broadband deployment, open access, deployment in rural and tribal areas and sustainability. Ms. Rice is a member of the Federal Smart Grid Task Force and the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program (NTRID) Smart Cities and Communities Task Force. With a passion for telecommunications and broadband, Ms. Rice has worked with many stakeholders to expand broadband access and has been a primary author of several broadband related publications. Prior to joining NTIA, Ms. Rice was the CEO of a telecommunications consulting firm where she lead efforts for cities and states around the country to develop telecommunications regulations and policy and worked on broadband planning and deployment projects. She also was a Senior municipal consultant for the New York State Commission on Cable Television and served as a new technologies officer for NTIA. She received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Communications from the University of Wisconsin at Madison where she focused on telecommunications.
Franco Amalfi, Director of Innovation and Smart Cities, Oracle Public Sector North America
Franco leads a team of experts responsible for the go to market strategy for education & research, health & human services, revenue management and Smarter Government. Franco and his team guide government officials at every level – U.S. Higher Education, U.S. federal, U.S. state & local, and in Canada – to effectively use modern cloud-based solution and emerging technologies to help government organizations deliver on their mission. In addition to working with customers, Franco authors, publishes white papers and articles on leveraging technology to drive business value for governments. He is also a frequent speaker at government conferences. He is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada and has completed an Advanced Certificate for Executives in Management, Innovation, and Technology at MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, USA.
Edita Dolan-Mayo, Powernet
Scott Tousley, Deputy Director, Cybersecurity Division, Department of Homeland Security, Science & Technology
Leigh Tami, Chief Performance Officer, Office of Performance & Data Analytics, City of Cincinnati
Zack Huhn, Co-founder and CEO, Venture Smarter; Chair, IEEE Smart City Standards Committee
Zack Huhn is the founder of Venture Smarter and the Chair of the IEEE Smart Cities Standards Subcommittee. In 2016 Zack launched Regional Smart Cities Initiatives to help smaller and medium-sized communities realize smart city success stories just like major cities. The initiative is rooted in using best-practices planning tools, technology standards, and solutions that promote interoperable connectivity, mobility, and resilience. In line with UN Sustainable Development Goals, Zack coined the phrase “Smart City Development Goals” and created a support ecosystem to help leaders leverage smart and connected technologies to compress the time to realizing desired SDG’s and related outcomes. Through this lens, Zack encourages leaders and communities to use technology as a tool to improve outcomes for people - creating better places to live, work, and visit regardless of socioeconomic, geographical, or physical barriers. By sparking equitable social mobility, Zack believes that smart city solutions will be the key driver of economic development and growth in our cities and regions in the years and decades to come. It is these passionate efforts that earned Zack a spot on the list of Top 50 Global Leaders in Smart Cities, among other awards and recognitions.
Andrew Bremer, Managing Director of Local Affairs, Drive Ohio
Andrew Bremer currently serves as the Managing Director of Local Affairs for DriveOhio, interfacing with Ohio’s communities and ensuring the coordinated implementation of DriveOhio’s pilot corridors and “smart” partnerships. Specifically, Andrew serves as coordinator for ODOT’s involvement with the City of Columbus for the city’s implementation of the USDOT Smart Cities Challenge and represents DriveOhio to the Smart Belt Coalition. Andrew formerly served at the Ohio Department of Transportation as the Deputy Director of Strategic Initiatives and Programs overseeing ODOT’s project development of automated and connected technologies and associated infrastructure. Other relevant positions include serving as ODOT’s representative to the Ohio Rail Development Commission and the Multi Agency Radio Communications (MARCs) Steering Committee. Andrew earned undergraduate degrees in History and International Studies and a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the Ohio State University.