Alex Lawrence

Chief of Staff, City of Boston Department of Innovation and Technology

Alex Lawrence currently serves as Chief of Staff for the City of Boston’s Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT). In this role, she oversees the day-to-day operations of the City of Boston’s central IT organization. Alex works closely with the City’s cabinet-level CIO, empowering a team of over 150 staff to build and maintain the technology tools that improve life for residents and keep the City running. She’s tasked with pushing forward the priorities of her department: building exceptional digital services, bringing data and analytics to all decision making, improving the City’s technology infrastructure, and ensuring that all residents of Boston have access to the technology and digital tools they need to succeed

Prior to her role as Chief of Staff, Alex spent her career in people, program, and project management in both the public and non-profit sectors. She is passionate about organizational capacity building, process improvement, and creating a modern workforce that will produce the next generation’s leaders. Alex holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University.

Tuesday, October 1
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm • Open Procurement and Contracting for the Smart Citylab
Local governments often struggle to publish comprehensive, consistent, open data on public procurement. However, doing so can open governments' doors to residents and give the public a say in how public dollars are spent. As smart cities enter into new partnerships or contracts, officials need to understand how transparency, collaboration, and community engagement can help ensure that new programs work for residents. In this session, civil society and city government officials will share the strategies they've used to make procurement open and responsive to residents' needs.