Ash Community Speaker Series -- Becoming a Data-Driven City: Translating Ideas into Practice


Friday, September 27, 2019, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St., Floor 2, Suite 200N

Join Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative’s summer fellows Joanna Bell, Lisa Setrakian, and Nicolas Diaz, for a conversation about their work with cities and city officials seeking to integrate data into their decision-making and operations. Santa Fe, Durham, and Sioux Falls have different levels of data maturity but they all seek to use data to improve outcomes for challenges that range from inclusive economic development to fire prevention. The group will discuss strategies for cities to become more data-oriented, to effectively work across silos, and to lay the groundwork for more sophisticated analysis using artificial intelligence and machine learning.


Cities indidcate their summer fellowship placement

  • Joanna Bell, MPP 2020 (Santa Fe, NM)
  • Lisa Setrakian, MPP 2020 (Durham, NC)
  • Nicolas Diaz, MPP 2020 (Sioux Falls, SD)


  • Bulbul Kaul, Program Manager for Field Work and Fellowships, Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative 

Lunch will be served.

About the Ash Community Speaker Series

The Ash Community Speaker Series features discussions with students, faculty, fellows, and alumni whose research or other academic work is supported by the Ash Center. The series is a forum to discuss new ideas, innovative work, and ongoing projects that are related to the Ash Center's mission to make the world a better place by advancing excellence and innovation in governance and public policy through research, education, and public discussion.