Executive Director, Center for Urban Innovation, The Aspen Institute
Jennifer Bradley is the founding director of the Aspen Institute Center for Urban Innovation. The Center for Urban Innovation (CUI) is becoming a network hub that catalyzes and supports a broader movement to define values-led approaches to the development, piloting, regulation, and evaluation of urban technologies. We connect city leaders, non-profit organizations, and emerging businesses who share the belief that people deserve more than “smart cities.” We deserve cities that promote human flourishing and digital infrastructure that enhances the experiences and opportunities that city life affords for all residents, particularly those in underserved neighborhoods. That’s the standard that we seek to develop and promote. As the director of the Center, Jennifer has led projects on: how local-level regulations can help or hinder innovation and economic inclusion; how cities can prepare for the advent of autonomous vehicles; how inclusive innovation happens in businesses, philanthropies, local governments, and non-profits; and the challenges that women and people of color have in accessing capital.
Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Jennifer was a fellow at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program, where she co-authored with Bruce Katz, of The Metropolitan Revolution (Brookings Press, 2013). She has also spoken widely about urban issues, at The Aspen Ideas Festival, South by Southwest, the Code for America Summit, and Techonomy, and her essays have appeared in Newsweek, The New Republic, The Atlantic Monthly, and Next American City.