Executive Director, Smart Cities Lab

Mark Dowd

Mark was responsible for creating and executing the groundbreaking US Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge that fundamentally changed the way cities and communities approach transportation, innovation and technology. This challenge demonstrated the power of public-private partnerships by helping cities raise close to $500 million in additional funding from the private sector.

Mark drove smart cities across the US federal agency platform when he worked as a Senior Advisor in the Obama Administration. In this role he focused on the development and implementation of policy in the White House, Treasury, and Department of Transportation.

During this time, he worked with communities to identify ways for the Federal Government to bring its deep expertise to the local level to help them solve problems related to mobility.

His work also included restructuring General Motors and Chrysler that helped to change the automobile industry and contributed to the re-election effort in 2012. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Mark practiced law for 14 years in New York City at Schulte Roth & Zabel representing private equity and distressed debt clients in complex transactions.

Mark currently runs the city-facing non-profit Smart Cities Lab focusing on the collaborative development of policies and solutions to address our most stubborn urban challenges. He is also a Visiting Scholar at the University of California Berkeley.

As Smart Cities’ international keynote speaker, Mark will bring his extensive experience in policy development and implementation related to smart cities, technology, mobility, public-private partnerships, energy, and environmental issues to the conference.