Join the McCourt Policy Innovation Lab for two upcoming events as part of their ongoing speaker series. February’s line-up includes two speakers from the Aspen Institute, who will discuss their experiences promoting urban innovation in DC and beyond.
February 25th: Jennifer Bradley, Director of the Center for Urban Innovation
Thursday, February 25, 4:00-5:00pm (NOTE DATE CHANGE)
Old North 205
Jennifer Bradley is the founding director of the Center for Urban Innovation at the Aspen Institute. The Center for Urban Innovation harnesses the innovative power of cities to make them great places for all of their residents, especially those in underserved neighborhoods, to live, work, connect, and flourish.
Jennifer joined Aspen in 2015 after spending seven years as a fellow at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program. While at Brookings, she co-authored The Metropolitan Revolution with Bruce Katz. The book explains the critical role of metropolitan areas in the country’s economy, society, and politics.
Jennifer has worked extensively on the challenges and opportunities of older industrial cities and has co-authored major economic turnaround strategies for Ohio and Michigan. A former attorney, Jennifer co-authored Supreme Court amicus briefs in cases that affirmed the constitutional powers of local governments and secured greater environmental protections, including the landmark case, Massachusetts v. EPA.
February 9th: Eric Lavin, DC Urban Innovation Lab
Tuesday, February 9th, 3-4pm
Old North 205
Eric Lavin is the founding manager of Aspen Ventures at the Aspen Institute, which connects social entrepreneurs to Aspen Institute resources. One of the programs Eric manages is the DC Urban Innovation Lab, an incubator for social entrepreneurs in the DC area. You can read more about the Aspen Institute’s first class of Urban Innovators here.
Eric joined the Institute after serving as the CEO of Whetstone Education, an education technology company he co-founded in New Orleans in 2013. Prior to that he worked as Strategy Analyst at Next Street, a merchant bank providing capital and advisory services to small businesses and nonprofits in low-moderate income neighborhoods in New York City. Previous to that he was a high school teacher in Helena, AR as a Teach for America corps member.
Learn more about the McCourt Policy Innovation Lab at mccourtinnovationlab.org.