Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Taubman Center

Nicole Pollock - Disrupting Government: Building Systems that Support Meaningful Change in the Public Sector

Thursday, February 11, 2016

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Watson Institute, McKinney Conference Room

Nicole Pollock, City of Providence's first chief innovation officer, will talk about the drivers for establishing innovation functions within city government and provide context for the City of Providence's approach. Pollock will review the tensions and challenges in innovation work with in government, and reflect on how innovation supports community inclusion, process transparency, and better overall governance.

Nicole Pollock is the City of Providence's first chief innovation officer. She is responsible for leading the city's innovation initiative to improve and streamline city services, increase data transparency, and measure the effectiveness of the city's processes and programs. Prior to her work with the city, Pollock oversaw policy and bond initiatives, communications, and program development for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. She has also held positions with Clean Water Action, the Rhode Island Parent Information Network, the Rhode Island Area Health Education Center and The Providence Plan.