About

The Innovation Advisory Council (IAC) was launched on August 2, 2018, by way of an Executive Order signed by Mayor Durkan. It includes a range of our region's most innovative companies committed to sharing insights and expertise with the City as the City develops data-driven technological approaches to addressing our priority areas of homelessness, affordability, mobility, and delivery of basic services.

The IAC is more than a council, it is a partnership between local technology talent and civic leaders to foster innovative thinking in the City of Seattle. 


What does the IAC do?  

Quarterly Meetings: The IAC meets with Mayor Durkan on a quarterly basis to discuss what's next in innovation, and how to use new tools to address the City's key priority areas of homelessness, mobility, and delivery of basic services.  

Project Deliverables:  Past projects were focused on homelessness, housing, mobility, youth opportunity, and delivery of basic services. Projects were selected collaboratively by the IAC and Mayor's Office and then matched with IAC partners on an annual basis. 

With COVID-19 response needs and the killing of George Floyd, the IAC model has shifting to one of rapid response with a deeper focus on supporting BIPOC communities. This pivot to a new model has begun and will continue into 2021.

IAC members provide both consultative and direct support offering skills from product management, to engineering, data science and design.  Not all projects are exclusively tech focused such as creating economic opportunities for creatives through the Creative Economy Collaboration. 

Knowledge Exchanges: Once a month a member of the IAC will be invited to City Hall for a lunch and learn with city staff. This will be a learning opportunity for either one speaker or a panel to highlight project management processes, new technical offerings, and other continued education learning discussions for professional development and innovation learning.  

Contact Us

Have questions or want to get involved?  

Contact:
Tina Walha, Director | Innovation and Performance | Tina.Walha@seattle.gov
Anthony Derrick, Digital Associate | Mayor's Office | anthony.derrick@seattle.gov
Sabrina Bolieu, Business Liaison | Mayor's Office | sabrina.bolieu@seattle.gov