Public-Private Partnerships for Smart Cities

Tuesday, February 9th

Time: 12:00-1:00pm


Come join us for a frank discussion on the opportunities and challenges in the smart city/community space from local and state government perspective.  We will highlight some really cool projects happening right now, such as Relay, Fairfax County and Dominion Energy’s partnership to pilot an autonomous electric shuttle in Fairfax. Hopefully the discussion will spark interest and awareness for participants in how to work with government partners and lay out the practicalities of working in the smart community space in the region. 

Moderator: Eta Nahapetian, Economic Initiatives Coordinator, Fairfax County


Bryan HillBryan J. Hill was appointed County Executive for Fairfax County on November 21, 2017. He is Fairfax County’s 10th County Executive. County Executive Hill oversees the annual development and approval of Fairfax County, Virginia’s multi-billion-dollar budget and manages the daily operations of the organization, which includes more than 12,000 employees providing support and services to Fairfax County’s 1.3 million residents. Additionally, County Executive Hill is leading the implementation of a new countywide strategic plan and oversees One Fairfax, the county’s joint social and racial equity policy. More recently, of course, he has also been steering the county through the COVID-19 pandemic.

County Executive Hill is a member of the board of trustees of his alma mater, Alfred University, and is a member of the International City/County Management Association’s Advisory Board on Graduate Education. He is a member of the board of directors of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation and serves on the George Mason University MPA Advisory Council. He served on the Commission on Fire Accreditation International representing county managers and continues to serve on the Center for Public Safety Excellence’s Appeals Committee.

County Executive Hill has a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Alfred University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California. He has three grown sons—B.J., who is in graduate school at Wingate University; Devin, who will graduate from the University of Virginia in 2022; and Aaron, who will graduate from Virginia Tech in 2023

David IhrieCTO, Center for Innovative Technology. Mr. Ihrie has over 40 years industry experience as a direct innovator in the fields of satellite and terrestrial communication, computing, and information science, and has been a principal in seven startup companies. In addition to his entrepreneurial activities, Mr. Ihrie has helped build four national scale business accelerators for the Intelligence Community, for DHS, and in the areas of cybersecurity and smart cities. Currently he is leading the Virginia Strategic Initiatives portfolio including Smart Communities initiatives, the Virginia Unmanned Systems Center at CIT and the SCITI Labs program with DHS Science & Technology focused on public safety capabilities. Mr. Ihrie has a Master of Science degree in Business from MIT, specializing in the Management of Technological Innovation, and a B.S. from MIT in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science.

Jennifer Krusius: Jennifer Krusius is a venture partner at Columbia Capital where she focuses on fiber, wireless infrastructure, and smart cities. Previously, she was the General Manager of Uber Technologies’ business in Pennsylvania. At Uber, she led business operations, scaling the business to 100% of the state, and oversaw product launches, marketing, business development, and the passing of statewide legislation. Prior to working at Uber, Jennifer was a private equity investor at IFC Asset Management Company and Emerging Capital Partners, where she worked with growing companies in the media, telecom, infrastructure, mining, and financial institutions sectors, focusing primarily on companies and investments in Africa and South America. She began her career in media and telecom investment banking at Credit Suisse Group in New York. Jennifer received her B.Sc. in Applied Economics and Management for Cornell University and her MBA from Harvard Business School. She is on the board at Vivacity Networks, the advisory board at Beep, and advises startups in the autonomous vehicle and infrastructure space.

Dr. Rakhee Palekar: Rakhee Paleaker MD, MPH is a medical epidemiologist with nearly 20 years of clinical and public health experience. She is a Principal in Public Health and the Group Lead for the Epidemiology Capability at MITRE, a non-profit that operates Federally-funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) for the U.S. government. Prior to coming to MITRE, she worked for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and a federally-qualified  health center (FQHC).  She has co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM).

Douglas Povich: Douglas Povich is a Management Analyst in the Communications Policy and Regulation Division of Fairfax County’s Department of Cable and Consumer Services where he works on cable TV, media and technology issues. He has been a team member on the first ever County-wide strategic planning effort and is part of the County’s Smart Communities team. Before joining the County in 2017, Doug practiced telecommunications and technology law for over thirty years focusing on regulatory and transactional matters in the wireline, wireless, public safety, and intelligent transportation sectors. He holds a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Union College (1982) and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center (1985).