Debbi Jarvis

Senior Vice President, Howard University

Debbi Jarvis is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations at Howard University. In her role, she has oversight of corporate relations and is charged with developing and implementing a global strategy for corporate development and the funding of those programs. She also oversees the management of Howard’s broadcast properties, WHUT-TV and WHUR-Radio, ensuring their business operations are in alignment with the University’s mission.  

Jarvis joined Howard University after serving 14 years at Pepco Holdings, Inc. (PHI), now Pepco Holdings, an Exelon Company. Jarvis was promoted to VP of Corporate Communications overseeing all internal and external communications including media relations, advertising, and website content, and served as the company spokesperson.

Most recently, Jarvis served as VP of Corporate Relations and was an essential part of the team managing the company’s Pepco and Exelon merger. She also had oversight of the integration of Exelon’s Corporate Social Responsibility processes and transition to a new CSR database. Additionally, she implemented the Exelon Energizing Student Potential STEM partnership with DC, Montgomery and Prince George’s County Public Schools impacting more than 35,000 elementary school students. Jarvis was also instrumental in creating the Pepco Hispanic Engineering Scholarship and internship program.

Before joining Pepco, Jarvis worked at NBC4 – Washington, where she was a reporter and anchor for nearly a decade. At NBC4 she fell in love with the DC community and worked to provide a “voice to the voiceless” through her reporting.

Wednesday, October 2
9:00 am - 10:30 am • Morning Plenary – Keynote Address: Introduction to Smarter Cities 2025 and Hyperconnected Cities; Fireside Chat: Building Smart Regions – Collaborating Across Boundaries (and how to make it work for your city and state)

Plenary Session 

Sponsor Keynote, Pennoni: "Introduction to Smart Cities 2025 and Hyperconnected Cities"

Featuring Joseph Viscuso, Senior Vice President and Director of Strategic Growth, Pennoni, and Steve Wray, Vice President and Director, Econsult Solutions, Inc.

Fireside Chat: Building Smart Regions —Collaborating Across Boundaries (and how to make it work for your city and state)

The District, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) are separate jurisdictions but operate collaboratively to pursue common goals such as improved mobility, meeting air quality standards, cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay, among others. In this Fireside Chat, hear from DMV-area officials about their efforts to achieve smart city objectives from a regional perspective.