The Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Smart and Sustainable Communities of San Diego, David Graham, is set to begin a new role at the end of November in neighbouring Carlsbad as the first Chief Innovation Officer for the Californian city.
Graham said that the opportunity to work in a “1-2-3” city–100,000 to 300,000 people–that is close to residents and nimble was attractive.
“The City of Carlsbad is known as a well-run, fiscally-sound city that has tech start-ups and established global companies like Viasat,” he told Cities Today. “They’ve also invested in intelligent infrastructure like a connected traffic signal system which can be the basis for strides in mobility.”
Graham takes with him 20 years of local government experience from the City of San Diego and county, and from working in private-sector public affairs.