Ash Center Summer Networking Series: Careers in Digital Government


Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Virtual event, registration required

Harvard Kennedy School students and recent graduates are invited to join the Ash Center for a virtual networking session featuring HKS alumni with experience working in the field of digital government. During this session, participants will briefly hear from alumni and then have a majority of the time to introduce themselves and ask questions in a series of breakout sessions with each panelist. 

Featured alumni will include: 

  • Nicolas Diaz Amigo MPP 2020, Chief Innovation & Data Officer, City of Syracuse, NY
  • Denise Linn Riedl MPP 2015, Chief Innovation Officer, City of South Bend
  • Ryan Swann MC/MPA 2019, Chief Data Analytics Officer, Vanguard

Sari Ladin-Sienne, Program Manager at the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, former Los Angeles Chief Data Officer, will moderate.  

This session will be limited to 20 HKS students and recent graduates, accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Please use your Kennedy School email when registering.

Register here 

About the Speakers 

Nicolas Diaz Amigo

Chief Innovation & Data Officer, City of Syracuse, NY.

As the Chief Innovation & Data Officer for the City of Syracuse, NY, Nicolas leads a team of innovators, data-analytics experts, and change makers to improve internal processes and deliver better services to citizens. He is also in charge of building and implementing a long-term strategy for data infrastructure, data governance and data analytics at Syracuse.

Denise Linn Riedl

Chief Innovation Officer, City of South Bend

Mayor Pete Buttigieg named Denise the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of South Bend (IN) at the end of January 2019. Previously, Denise was in charge of Ecosystem Development at Chicago’s City Tech Collaborative. Denise has diverse experiences in telecommunications policy and planning, digital inclusion, and emerging smart city technologies.

Ryan Swann

Chief Data Analytics Officer, Vanguard

Ryan Swann is an investor, strategist, entrepreneur, and data science expert focused on developing strategic uses of data in order to improve decision-making in a variety of industries. He has built data science, data management, and data governance capabilities in a variety of organizations in the public and private sectors.

Sari Ladin-Sienne

Program Manager, Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative 

Sari Ladin-Sienne is the Program Manager at the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative. Prior to joining the initiative, Sari was Mayor Garcetti’s Chief Data Officer and executed his vision for a more inclusive, responsive, and data-informed Los Angeles. She led the Mayor’s open data and governance program and advised 38 departments on how to transform data into action.

Virtual Event Details  

Registration is required for this event. Please register using the link above to receive details via email for how to join the virtual discussion. 

You can submit questions to the panelists in advance during the registration process. A live Q&A will also be available during the event with an option to submit questions in real-time. 

The Ash Center encourages individuals with disabilities to participate in its events. Should you wish to inquire about an accommodation, please contact our events team at prior to the event. 

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