Brenna Berman

Executive Director of City Digital

UI Labs

Brenna Berman is the Executive Director of City Digital, the innovation accelerator focused on cities and infrastructure at UI Labs. City Digital focuses on data-driven urban innovation within the built environment, executing technology development pilots that bring together cities with university, corporate and start-up partners. At City Digital, Ms. Berman is leading an inter-disciplinary team that is pioneering a new process for innovation to bring IoT to scale in the urban environment.

Prior to joining UI Labs, Ms. Berman served in the Emanuel administration as Chief Information Officer for the City and Commissioner for the Department of Innovation & Technology for over 4 years. In that time, she focused on transforming the team at DoIT to provide the skills and expertise to implement the Mayor’s vision of data-driven resident services and of a more efficient, effective and innovative City government. This meant adding new skills to the team to increase the focus on software engineering and analytics, improving the department’s commercial partnerships to drive savings for the City and identifying ground-breaking civic partnerships.