Data-Driven Policymaking in the Capital Region

Center for Washington Area Studies

How do local governments and related entities use data to inform their decision-making? What is the role of data in the democratic process? Does “data-driven” policy really lead to better services and outcomes for constituents?

The Trachtenberg School's ICMA Chapter and the Center for Washington Area Studies host a panel of experts and moderator John Harden (Metro Data Reporter, The Washington Post) to explore the implications of data’s increasing role in local policymaking. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served.


  • Wanda Gibson, CIO, Prince George’s County, who oversees technology policy and innovation and previously served as the CTO/CIO for Fairfax County.
  • Sam Quinney, Director, The Lab @ DC, who leads a scientific team in the D.C. Mayor’s office that generates data-driven evidence for local policies.
  • Tom Lee, Policy Lead, Mapbox, who works to provide open source geospatial data tools to local governments.
  • Alena Stern, Data Science Fellow, Urban Institute, who uses advanced data analytic techniques to study policy solutions that advance equity in cities.
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