City Possible Advisory Board officially launches with inaugural meeting
Members from across the globe will inform the trajectory of the City Possible Ecosystem and drive thought leadership
As the journey of the City Possible (CP) global network moves on to its fourth year, the coalition continues to grow at an accelerating pace with over 325 members currently. At its inception, City Possible was created as an initiative led by cities for cities that was envisioned as a space for cities to discuss challenges and co-develop solutions.
With the ecosystem rapidly expanding, it has been a priority of the Mastercard Global Cities team to create an advisory board comprised of community leaders from across the globe. The newly created board provides an opportunity for members to shape the future of City Possible, and have a structured venue to surface and discuss issues of urban innovation, as well as to suggest topics the greater network should focus on.
The City Possible advisory board held its first meeting on January 25, 2022 where a number of key 2021 accomplishments were discussed, including City Possible network expansion, solution development and deployment, City Possible events, and Mastercard’s In Solidarity Initiative focused on addressing the racial wealth gap in the United States.
Advisory Board members also had an opportunity to engage in an open discussion around a range of challenges facing each of their regions that they encouraged the City Possible team to explore as part of the CP 2022 engagement strategy. It quickly became apparent that the Cities represented on the board are grappling with a number of similar issues as they steer their respective regions through the recovery from the pandemic. The future of cities, equity and inclusion, housing and homelessness, sustainability and resilience and supporting small businesses were all discussed at length with the convening power of the advisory board on display.
The Advisory Board is comprised of:
- Ana Cristina Martins Alessi, President, Development and Innovation Agency, City of Curitiba
- Paraskevi Bessa-Rodrigues, Municipal Secretary of Economic Development, City of Novo Hamburgo
- Jamie Cudden, Smart City Lead, Dublin City Council
- Raffaele Gareri, Co-Founder and former President, The Smart City Association of Italy
- Jeanne Holm, Deputy Mayor for Budget and Innovation, City of Los Angeles
- Jennifer Sanders, Co-Founder and Executive Director, North Texas Innovation Alliance
- Cyrus Tehrani, Chief Digital Officer, City of Hamilton
Advisory Board Officers
- Miguel Gamiño, Executive Vice-President, Enterprise Partnerships, Head of Global Cities, Mastercard
- Alby Bocanegra, Vice-President, Global City Partnerships, Mastercard
- Joe Losavio, Manager, City Possible Engagement, Mastercard
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