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Tuesday, December 07, 2021

波士頓市長吳弭指派JASCHA FRANKLIN-HODGE出任街道長

            (Boston Orange) 波士頓市長吳弭 (Michelle Wu) 127日宣佈,Jascha Franklin-Hodge將出任波士頓市街道長 (Chief of Streets) ,訂明年1月上任,管理波士頓市交通局,公共工程局,以及下水道局等市府服務,以在全波士頓市打造更有效率,更安全,並注重環保的交通系統。

            他將同時和住宅,計畫及經濟發展部門緊密合作,以實施吳市長的交通目標,包括免費的MBTA巴士路線,在每個鄰里內的安全街道設計,以及能夠連接的低壓力自行車路線網。

            Franklin-Hodge是開放移動基金會 (Open Mobility Foundation)的行政主任,該基金會協助城市與私營企業合作開發開源工具和數據標準,以支持新興移動技術的採用和監管,並共同努力建立安全、公平和可持續的交通系統。

           20142018年間,他曾擔任波士頓市的資訊長,領導波士頓市的創新及科技局,負責為波士頓市打造卓越的、以用戶為中心的數位服務,利用數據改善交通和生活質量,為每個城市部門提供安全、可靠的技術,並改善市民獲得互聯網和技術技能培訓的途徑。

            Franklin-Hodge也是宜居街道聯盟 (LivableStreets Alliance)很活躍的董事,曾是哈佛大學甘迺迪政府學院的訪問學者,關注移動科技及公共政策,也是私營企業的移動力及智慧城市顧問。

          在那之前,他是藍州數位(Blue State Digital) 的共同創辦人,主管該公司工具部門的研發及營運,也是在奧巴馬總統的2008年級2012年競選中,籌得10億元的籌款,電郵及選民關係平台。

          Franklin-Hodge曾在麻省理工學院研讀電腦科學,目前和丈夫及2名小孩住在牙買加平原,出門大都騎自行車或搭乘公共交通工具。

MAYOR WU APPOINTS JASCHA FRANKLIN-HODGE AS CHIEF OF STREETS

Franklin-Hodge will work to create a more sustainable and equitable City transportation system

 

BOSTON - Tuesday, December 7, 2021 - Mayor Michelle Wu today announced Jascha Franklin-Hodge will serve as the City of Boston’s Chief of Streets. In this role, Franklin-Hodge will support the Boston Transportation Department, Public Works Department, and the Boston Water and Sewer Commission to deliver exceptional city services, and build a more efficient, safe, and environmentally-conscious transportation system throughout Boston.

“Safe, healthy, vibrant neighborhoods depend on connecting our communities to Boston’s opportunities and possibilities,” said Mayor Wu. “I’ve had the chance to work alongside Jascha in City Hall and in the community. I’m thrilled he’ll be returning to City Hall with his expansive vision, organizational expertise, and commitment to delivering change.”

The Chief of Streets oversees the City's Public Works and Transportation Departments, which plan, design, maintain and manage Boston's streets. The Chief will also serve as a liaison to the Boston Water & Sewer Commission, and will work closely with departments focused on housing, planning, and economic development. Franklin-Hodge will work to implement Mayor Wu’s transportation goals, including free-fares on MBTA bus routes, safer street design in every neighborhood, and a connected network of low-stress bicycle routes. He will officially join the Mayor’s cabinet in January.

“Under Mayor Wu’s leadership, we have the opportunity to reshape our transportation system to make getting around Boston more convenient, address historic and ongoing inequities, and improve safety, especially for our most vulnerable road users,” said Franklin-Hodge. “I’m honored and excited to rejoin the City as Mayor Wu’s Chief of Streets, and to serve alongside the talented teams at the Boston Transportation Department and Public Works as we do this important and urgent work.”

Franklin-Hodge is the Executive Director of the Open Mobility Foundation (OMF). Led by local governments, including Boston, this foundation helps cities collaborate with the private sector to develop open source tools and data standards that support adoption and regulation of emerging mobility technology, and work together towards a safe, equitable, and sustainable transportation system.

He previously served as the City of Boston’s Chief Information Officer from 2014 to 2018, and led the City’s Department of Innovation and Technology. He managed a team responsible for the City’s efforts to build exceptional, user-centered digital services, harness data to improve transportation and quality of life, deliver secure, reliable technology for every city department, and improve access to the Internet and technical skills training for city residents. 

Franklin-Hodge is an active board member of the LivableStreets Alliance, an advocacy organization dedicated to improving Boston’s transportation system, unlocking access and opportunity for the region’s residents, and creating streets that are vibrant, safe, people-centered public spaces. 

He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, focused on mobility, technology, and public policy, and a consultant to the private sector on new mobility and smart cities.

Previously, Franklin-Hodge co-founded Blue State Digital (BSD) where he oversaw the development and operation of the BSD Tools, a fundraising, email, and constituent relationship platform that raised over $1B and powered the digital presence of President Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns. 

Franklin-Hodge studied computer science at MIT. He lives with his husband and two young kids in Jamaica Plain, and mostly travels by bike and public transit. 

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