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Woman with short hair smilingLisa A. Jones is a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government, bringing with her a broad range of experience in management, strategic planning, finance, and communications.

Lisa served as Deputy Director of Human Resources for the Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates Logan Airport and the Port of Boston, and provided leadership at Massport in the role of Deputy Port Director. She also served as the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Assistant Administrator for Communications in the Obama Administration. 

Prior to that, Lisa did extensive work as a documentary and news producer for organizations including NBC News, ABC News, PBS, FRONTLINE, MacNeil-Lehrer Productions, New England Cable News and HBO. She was selected and sponsored by the South African Government as one of seven U.S. journalists to tour South Africa and meet with President Nelson Mandela and other leaders, and was the winner of the WLVI-TV Independent Spirit Award for community service in Boston.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Yale University and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. She served on the Board of the Boston YMCA, Milton Academy and the Epiphany School, and currently is as an advisor to the Boston Children’s Museum and HMS MedScience at Harvard Medical School.



Steve KadishSteve Kadish is a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government. Steve was appointed chairman of the Commission on the Future of Transportation in January 2018 by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

Focusing on disruptive technologies, climate change, land use and demographic trends, and various transit services, the 19-member commission presented its report, Choices for Stewardship: Recommendations to Meet the Transportation Future in December 2018. Previously, Steve served as Governor Charlie Baker’s first Chief of Staff . Prior, he served in a variety of public and private sector leadership roles including COO at Northeastern, EVP at Dartmouth, MA Undersecretary for Health and Human Services, and MA Assistant Secretary for Administration and Finance.



Jihae LeeJihae Lee is a Government Innovation Fellow supporting the Massachusetts Executive Office of Administration and Finance on strategic economic development.

Previously, Jihae worked for the City of Philadelphia where she focused on small business development, commercial corridor revitalization, and effective communication strategies in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods. She also has experience in quantitative and qualitative research, legislation development, and non-profit advocacy. Jihae holds a MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.



David ZipperDavid Zipper is a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government, where he focuses on the future of urban mobility and local economic development.

David’s perspective on cities is rooted in his experience working within city hall as well as in venture capital, policy research, and startup advocacy. He currently advises startups, mayors, and transit agencies about ways that new technologies are changing how people live, work, and travel in urban environments. His writing has been published in The Atlantic, Slate, WIRED, and Fast Company.

From 2013 to 2017 David was the Managing Director for Smart Cities and Mobility at 1776, a global entrepreneurial hub with over 1,300 member startups. David previously served as the Director of Business Development and Strategy under two mayors in Washington DC, where he managed the city's first Five Year Economic Development Strategy, provided support to Washington’s first startup incubators, and guided the city's response to the launch of ride-hail.

Before moving to Washington David served as Executive Director of NYC Business Solutions in New York City under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Selected as a Truman Scholar and a Gates Scholar, he holds an MBA with highest honors from Harvard Business School, a M.Phil from the University of Cambridge, and a BA with High Honors from Swarthmore College.