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Jeff Merritt      

Director of Innovation, New York City Mayor’s Office of Tech and Innovation

Jeff Merritt is the Director of Innovation for the City of New York.

As Director of Innovation for the City of New York, Merritt’s work focuses on leveraging innovative approaches and smart city technologies to advance Mayor de Blasio’s equity agenda and achieve the ambitious goals set forth in the Plan for One New York.

He holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University and more than 15 years of leadership experience driving social change in the public sector.

Key highlights include helping organize the first entirely online public election in U.S. history; laying the groundwork for the world’s largest, fastest municipal Wi-Fi network; orchestrating the launch and roll-out of the world’s largest city top-level domain; and leading the creation and adoption of new guidelines and tools to promote the responsible and equitable expansion of the Internet of Things.

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