Julia Thayne

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Julia Thayne
Mobility Innovation at the
Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Event: City of Tomorrow x Grimshaw


Julia recently joined Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office, where she is liaison to the transportation technology community, and drives public-private initiatives focused on mobility innovation. Previously, Julia led Innovation and Technology for Cities at Siemens US, managing a team of designers, engineers, and researchers in consulting, development, and implementation of infrastructure technology projects. Projects were cross-sector, spanning energy, mobility, buildings, and the Internet of Things (IoT) and ranging from planning for electric, autonomous, and shared mobility, to designing use cases for data platforms and advanced analytic applications. Julia has authored more than 20 publications on the topic of technology and cities; has been featured in FastCo, Quartz, Washington Post, and CityLab, among other media outlets; and has been recognized as a subject matter expert and as a young leader by universities and organizations in Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, DC. She holds a Master’s degree in City Design, with Distinction, from the London School of Economics & Political Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Summa Cum Laude, from Emory University in Atlanta.


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