David Graham
Chief Innovation Officer and Chair of San Diego Connected Communities
City of Carlsbad


David Graham is a veteran local government leader having worked for the County of San Diego and City of San Diego as well as a stint in private sector public affairs. He is the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Carlsbad the first position of its kind in the San Diego region. His work includes creating the first all-electric car-share fleet in North America, an open-data platform for development permitting, and the largest municipal Internet of Things platform, using smart streetlights, in North America. David is a Boardmember of Cleantech San Diego and a founding member of the MetroLab Network. David also serves as a national and regional leader in smart and sustainable communities. He co-chairs the Harvard TECH Professional Certificate Advisory Board a group of government, academic and industry leaders developing programs to support the future of cities. As the Chair of the UC San Diego Civic Leadership Board for the Global Policy School, David is instrumental in bringing public sector insights to academic programs. He also is also co-leading an initiative to develop an inclusive regional approach to smart cities. His passion for land use, civic innovation and intelligent infrastructure has led him to be a recognized leader and regular conference speaker nationally and internationally.