City of San DiegoDavid Graham is a veteran local government advisor having worked for the County of San Diego
and City of San Diego as well as a stint in private sector public affairs. Serving on Mayor Kevin
Faulconer’s Executive Leadership team as DCOO for the Office of Neighborhood Services, he
oversees a group of departments including Libraries, Parks & Recreation, Development
Services, Economic Development, Planning, and the Arts and Culture Commission.
Graham has worked for several San Diego Mayors and has represented the City on planning and
civic innovation initiatives including Smart City San Diego, CleanTECH San Diego, Envision
America and the national MetroLab Network. His smart cities work includes the first all-electric
car-share fleet in North America, an open-data platform for development permitting, a
partnership with GE to deploy sensors in LED enabled smart streetlights and using technology
to achieve municipal climate change goals.
Representing the City as a core team member, Graham was instrumental in developing the
region’s Go Global strategy and represents the City on the Global Cities Initiative, a partnership
of Brookings and JPMorgan Chase. His passion for land use, civic engagement and intelligent
infrastructure has led him to be a regular speaker from the metropolitan perspective on these
issues including Bloomberg Philanthropies City Innovators Summit , Globe 12, Minds +
Machines, Connected Futures, City Innovate Summit, CityAge and VERGE.