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Amanda Daflos

Amanda Daflos

Amanda Daflos is the executive director of the Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation at Johns Hopkins University, which convenes expertise from every channel of public innovation and empowers city leaders around the world through an ever-expanding suite of supportive programs, initiatives and resources.

Daflos brings a 25-year career in public service to her position at the Bloomberg Center. Most recently, she served as director of the Los Angeles Innovation Team and as the city’s chief innovation officer, where she oversaw responses to both urgent and longstanding issues including the COVID-19 pandemic, gender equity, police hiring and recruitment, the future of work, employee benefits and affordable housing.

Recognized as the most influential government leader by Engaging Local Government Leaders’ Top 100 Local Government Leaders program, Daflos’ thought leadership also earned recognition as a Fast Company World Changing Idea. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Fast Company, U.S. News & World Report and Governing. Prior to her mayoral appointment in Los Angeles, Daflos worked for Deloitte Consulting, where she was a leader in the public-sector practice for nearly a decade. She can be reached on Twitter and LinkedIn.

The pandemic forced local governments to activate their innovation skill sets. Now city leaders must grow that spirit of inventiveness beyond the tactical, building it into the day-to-day work of government.