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Kerry O’Connor

Chief Innovation Officer, City of Austin Innovation Office

kerry.oconnor@austintexas.gov

Kerry O’Connor is the City of Austin’s Chief Innovation Officer. Previously, Kerry worked at the U.S. Department of State, where she established an innovation unit called the Research and Design Center in the Office of the Secretary of State, which offers research, consulting, brainstorming facilitation, and strategic design services. She developed and managed an employee idea generation program, helped architect sustainable management reforms, coordinated logistics for the first Open Government Partnership Summit and Pittsburgh G20 Summit, served as an executive staffer, and improved programs and operations at two U.S. Embassies. She is an intrapreneur, diplomat, storyteller, innovation catalyst, logistician, connector, mentor, activator, and fierce advocate for innovation in government.

The views expressed in this blog are her own, and not those of the City of Austin.

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To Fight Our Culture War, We Need Civic Participation

From December 7 - 9, Paris will host a worldwide gathering of government reformers and civil society organizations in the Open Government Partnership Summit. The attendees have all pledged to work together in genuine dialogue and collaboration in support of…