Kate Garman is a Senior Associate at Cityfi, an urban change management firm. Prior to that, she served as the Technology Policy Advisor to Mayor Jenny Durkan at the City of Seattle for two years. In this role, she was the Mayor’s Office policy lead on subject areas including telecommunications and 5G, the first in the country city surveillance ordinance, and data governance. In addition, Kate was the subject matter expert on transportation network companies and policy lead to Mayor Durkan’s “Fare Share” proposal.
Kate also created the framework and managed the Mayor’s Innovation Advisory Council, a public private partnership with technology and innovation companies to address city challenges. Organizations including Microsoft, Expedia, Tableau and the University of Washington, worked on seven projects in the IAC’s first year. One of the projects is the recently launched Affordable Seattle portal, a new website built in partnership with Expedia that helps residents calculate which city services they are eligible for, based on their income, family size, and zip code.
Prior to joining Mayor Durkan’s Policy Team, Kate was the Smart City Coordinator in the Department of Information Technology working across city departments on smart city efforts, focusing on data-informed policymaking to improve city performance and further innovation.
Before moving to Seattle, she was with the Office of Mayor Sly James in Kansas City, MO as the Innovation Policy Advisor, drafting ordinances and policy recommendations to foster a culture of innovation in Kansas City. She attended the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law where she was the Student Editor-in-Chief of The Urban Lawyer, the national ABA publication on state and local government.
Before attending law school, Kate was the Government Affairs Specialist at Black & Veatch, an engineering firm in Overland Park, KS. She has a journalism degree from the University of Kansas.