Jascha Franklin-Hodge was a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School in Fall 2018, working at the intersection of mobility, technology, and public policy. He currently consults on new mobility and smart cities. He previously served in the cabinet of Mayor Martin J. Walsh as Boston’s Chief Information Officer, and lead the City’s Department of Innovation and Technology. He managed more than 150 people, and was responsible the City’s efforts to build exceptional, user-centered digital services, harness data to improve quality of life, empower City employees with effective technology, and improve access to the Internet and technical skills training for all Boston residents.
Prior to his work with the City, Franklin-Hodge co-founded Blue State Digital (BSD) where he oversaw the development and operation of the BSD Tools, an online fundraising, email, and CRM platform that raised over $1B and powered the digital presence of President Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns. He has served on the boards of Tech Goes Home, MITX (Massachusetts Information Technology Exchange), and Tech/Hire Boston. He studied computer science at MIT.