Transportation Technology Strategist
Ashley Z. Hand, AIA, LEED AP BD+C was appointed as the Transportation Technology Strategist for LADOT in August 2015. Previously, Ashley served Mayor Sylvester "Sly" James as the first Chief Innovation Officer of the City of Kansas City, Missouri and the first female municipal CIO in the country. Working collaboratively across departments, Ashley focused on process improvement and developing a digital roadmap through strategic planning, staff involvement and the use of lean methodology and design thinking. In addition, she championed an unprecedented public-private partnership to make Kansas City the most comprehensive smart city in North America by bringing digital infrastructure to a new downtown streetcar.
Prior to joining the public sector, Ashley was an architectural designer and planner for the global firm AECOM where she worked with public and private sector clients across North America to adopt sustainable best practices and process improvement through community engagement, policy, and change management. Ashley holds a BA in political science from McGill University and a Masters of Architecture from the Pratt Institute and is a registered architect in the State of Missouri and certified green building professional.