January 26, 2013

San Leandro Hires Deborah Acosta as Chief Innovation Officer

Deborah Acosta
Deborah Acosta
The City of San Leandro has hired Deborah Acosta as its Chief Innovation Officer position. Final interviews were held in December 2012 and Acosta will start in February 2013. San Leandro City Manager Chris Zapata would not confirm hiring Acosta, but did state that the City would issue a press release in the upcoming week.

As reported previously, the CIO position is funded jointly by OSIsoft (75% or $139,650) and the City of San Leandro (25% or $46,500). Acosta will report directly to City Manager Chris Zapata and will be “responsible for developing and pursuing new revenue-generating business relationships with targeted firms, identifying and securing additional business opportunities among existing clients, and fostering relationships with both.”

Acosta currently co-chairs TwoPointOakland (2.Oak), which started as Innovate Oakland, a technology collaborative. She was previously an Economic Development Strategist for the City of Oakland and has also worked for World Savings & Loan, Crocker National Bank and Wells Fargo Bank.

In December 2010, Acosta prepared an Executive Summary of the Oakland Fiber Optic Network. According to a slide deck that Acosta developed for the City of Oakland's OaklandWEB Internal Team KickOff dated May 11, 2011, the goals of OaklandWEB included expansion of Oakland's fiber optic network and using it to attract and expand business, which perfectly aligns with Lit San Leandro's goals. In November 2011, Acosta wrote a piece for Oakland Local which noted that most local businesses were part of the 99%. On November 18, 2012, Acosta wrote about Lit San Leandro as an example of innovation and disruption, stating “If Oakland leadership fails to let go of its internal resistance to change, cities like Emeryville and San Leandro will continue to provide the leadership — and jobs...”

Acosta interviewed in October 2011 about Innovate Oakland

According to her bio, she lives in Oakland with her Life Partner Gary Branchaud and she has two grown children. She helped lead the push in Oakland to establish Community Policing and served on the Community Policing Advisory Board. She runs the consulting firm IDOTconnect and tweets as @deborahacosta1.

Two finalists for the position were reported in November 2012, but the position was re-listed later that month. Flyers for the position were posted in October 2012 and November 2012.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at January 26, 2013 12:23 PM | TrackBack
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