Mariko Davidson

civic innovation + partnerships strategist

Mariko Davidson
Meet Mariko

As San Francisco’s Civic Innovation and Partnerships Strategist, Mariko builds civic initiatives across sectors to leverage technology for the public good. She brings a deep expertise in cities, formally trained as an urban planner at MIT, specializing in governance, data policy and transportation. As an Innovation Fellow for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, she launched the Commonwealth’s new Open Data Initiative where she also worked on data management policy, data governance, and privacy issues. There she brokered the first multi-municipal open data agreement between Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville. She also served in the Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics where she focused on maker technology and girls STEM education programs. In 2015 she ran a close race for Cambridge City Council. Most recently she led the civic-focused Engagement Lab @ Emerson College as their Managing Director where she established partnerships with organizations including the UNDP Egypt, Living Cities, and the World Wildlife Fund. Prior to this, she worked across Asia on city-focused initiatives with the East-West Center and ITDP (Institute for Transportation Development & Policy).

She holds a Master in City Planning from MIT. Off hours you can find Mariko riding her bicycle or surfing the nearest coastline. In 2010 she traveled around the world on $25/day with a small backpack and her surfboard. She owes her love of community and loathing of traffic to Honolulu, her home.

Come talk to her if you want to chat cities, data policy, equity, transportation, and technology.

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Digital Inclusion Week: Providing Digital Equity for All

Think about it, can you name a sector that is not influenced by technology? But benefits from our digital society — like connectivity, community, productivity, information, and opportunity — are still not readily accessible to all. While technology becomes woven into every facet of our lives, it becomes increasingly important that everyone has equal access to it. […]

Institute for Transportation Development and Policy’s Data-Based Approach to Transforming Transportation

Transportation — whether plane, train, or automobile — is a central need in our cities. As our civic landscape progresses, it is necessary that our transportation systems (both public and private) progress alongside urban advancements. I’m thrilled to collaborate with the Institute for Transportation Development and Policy (ITDP), a global, sustainable transportation non-profit, that works with […]

Charting the Course for Public Engagement at Code for America Summit

November 11, 2016 Mariko Davidson Leave a comment

Last week I participated at Code for America’s 2016 Summit where I co-facilitated a workshop, Charting the Course for Public Engagement. As always it was great to see old friends, make new ones, and learn about the important work so many are leading in the civic technology space. Between the glossy keynotes on human centered […]

Introducing Mariko Davidson, San Francisco’s new Civic Innovation and Partnerships Strategist

Hi everyone, I’m thrilled to join the Microsoft Technology & Civic Engagement Team. My work focuses on partnering with civic leaders across sectors to explore opportunities that leverage technology for the public good. With over half the world’s population now living in urban areas, and up to 2/3rds by 2050, cities are more important than […]