Chief Innovation Officer
City of San LeandroAs the City of San Leandro’s first Chief Innovation Officer, Ms.
Acosta’s task is twofold: (1) develop the Lit San Leandro 10 gbps
fiber optic network as a unique infrastructure tool to attract, expand
and retain innovative tech businesses and businesses in need of fast
connectivity; and (2) to cultivate a healthy tech and innovation
ecosystem designed to attract investment, companies and jobs to San
Leandro. Ms. Acosta has focused on developing public/private
partnerships to achieve City Council goals regarding economic,
technology and environmental resilience. The most visible success of
this strategy is Gate510, the transformation of a 400,000+ s.f. former
Chrysler Dodge auto plant into the largest innovation accelerator in
the Bay Area, including high growth businesses in Cleantech, Virtual
Reality, Biotech, Dronetech, Software, Advanced Manufacturing. Today, over 3 million square
feet of commercial and industrial building space and over 250 businesses are now connected to
Lit San Leandro. In 2016, City leaders committed to exploring IoT and Smart City technologies
through incorporation into the City’s General Plan 2035 update and is on the path to becoming a leader
in Smart City development, particularly in energy technologies.
Ms. Acosta is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley. Her 42-year career spans both public and private
sectors in banking (commercial construction financing), municipal economic development
(technology and international trade) and as a business consultant. She became the East Bay and
San Leandro’s first Chief Innovation Officer in February 2013, where she now lives with her
artist/entrepreneur husband, Gary Branchaud.