DATA in the ATL is a speaker series hosted by Georgia State University Library that connects the university community with prominent members of the Atlanta data community. Invited speakers show the importance of data science in making informed decisions in their chosen vocations and how they use data analysis and expertise in their daily work to create a better Atlanta and world.
Managing Director, Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation
Institute for People and Technology (IPaT), Georgia Tech
In this newly-created role at Georgia Tech, Debra drives smart cities and urban innovation happening in Atlanta and beyond. Prior to this, she served as Pittsburgh's first-ever Chief of Innovation & Performance in which she oversaw all technology, sustainability, performance, and innovation functions of city government. She also crafted that city's first strategic plan for innovation, the Inclusive Innovation Roadmap. She is a founding leader of the MetroLab Network, a city-university collaborative for urban innovation, of which the City of Atlanta, Georgia State University, and Georgia Tech are members. Debra has lived and worked in cities around the world and as is a graduate of Georgetown University, with master's in public policy, sustainable development from the University of California, Berkeley. More about Debra Lam.