The Smart Cities Lab is the creation of the team behind the USDOT Smart City Challenge. The team is  committed to helping our cities and communities realize the promise of new mobility as a solution to some of our most stubborn urban problems.





Mark K. Dowd is a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley where he is working with cities to find innovative ways to accelerate the adoption of new mobility technologies. He served as a Senior Advisor in the White House Office of Management and Budget until January 20th, 2017. Prior to joining the White House, Mark was a Senior Advisor to Secretary Foxx and a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology where he worked on issues related to technology and innovation. Mark is the architect of the Smart City Challenge that fundamentally changed the way American cities approach mobility.

Mark practiced law for thirteen years in New York City at the law firm of Schulte Roth & Zabel. Mark attended Rutgers College and Seton Hall University School of Law. 


Daniel Correa

Daniel Correa is the former Assistant Director for Innovation Policy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under President Barack Obama. At the White House, he launched and led the White House Smart Cities Initiative, which invested over $350 million in the development of new technologies to help cities solve pressing challenges. He crafted the President's Strategy for American Innovation, which provided a blueprint for the Administration's efforts to promote lasting economic growth and competitiveness through innovation. 

Daniel is a graduate of Yale Law School, holds a Masters in Economics from Yale University, and a Bachelors from Dartmouth.  


Kerry Duggan

Kerry Duggan is the founder of SustainabiliD, an intentionally small, boutique consulting firm. She is also Adjunct Faculty at Johns Hopkins University. Until January 2017, Duggan served as Deputy Director for Policy in the Office of Vice President Joe Biden, providing routine direct advice to the Vice President on policy issues, including energy and environment, climate change (and climate impacts on national security and energy infrastructure), clean energy technology, finance and R&D, water, climate smart resilient cities, and Detroit’s revitalization. She simultaneously served as Deputy Director of the White House’s Detroit Federal Working Group.

Kerry earned her B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont and her M.S. in Natural Resource Policy & Behavior from the University of Michigan. 


Kristie Chin

Kristie Chin is Executive Director for the Texas Innovation Alliance - an action network of local, regional, and state agencies and research institutions who are committed to addressing mobility challenges for all Texas communities. The Alliance was critical to securing the USDOT Designation as the only statewide Automated Vehicle Proving Grounds and is continuing to position the state as leader for transportation investment opportunities. Currently based at the University of Texas at Austin, Chin supports the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in developing strategies for emerging technologies such as connected and automated vehicles through the Texas Technology Task Force.

Kristie earned her PhD in Transportation Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master's in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame, and her Bachelor's in Civil Engineering from Brown University.