Ash Community Speaker Series: What’s in a Name? Understanding Departments of Innovation


Friday, October 20, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 200-North, Cambridge MA 02138

Join us for lunch and a discussion with Sibella Matthews, MPP 18, and Laura Melle, MPP 15, about civic innovation departments. 

Sibella Matthews is a Master in Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School. Sibella has a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Economic and Social Sciences from the University of Sydney, and has worked in litigation and legislative reform. Recently, Sibella worked for the State of Illinois' Department of Innovation and Technology on the Governor's Children's Cabinet, as an Ash Summer Fellow in Innovation. 

Laura Melle is the Senior Procurement Lead for the City of Boston's Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT). She works with teams across the City to articulate the challenges faced by Bostonians and find the best partners to help solve them using technology. Laura was previously a Summer Fellow in the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics. Prior to her time in Boston, Laura's career in city government took her from the Chicago Transit Authority to the Municipal Council of Lichinga, Mozambique as a Peace Corps Volunteer. She has a Master in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and studied Social Policy as an undergraduate at Northwestern University.

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.