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L.A. Innovation Officer Amanda Daflos Departs for New Role

Amanda Daflos, the chief innovation officer for the city of Los Angeles, has stepped down from her post to accept an executive position at the Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation at Johns Hopkins University.

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Amanda Daflos, chief innovation officer for the city of Los Angeles, announced yesterday afternoon that she has stepped down from her government post to accept a position as the executive director of the Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation at Johns Hopkins University.

The announcement comes nearly two years after Daflos was appointed to the position by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. While in the role, she oversaw the city’s Innovation Team and a broader portfolio of work for the mayor, according to her LinkedIn page.

“After six years of service to Eric Garcetti, the City of Los Angeles and Angelenos, I had my last day at Los Angeles City Hall in May, closing one of the most inspiring and important chapters of my life,” Daflos wrote in a LinkedIn post. “Today, I am excited to begin work alongside a new team as the executive director for the Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation at The Johns Hopkins University.”

She also served as the city’s Innovation Team director since 2015, where she led a group of designers, data scientists and project managers through phases of research, design, ideation and implementation to deliver better outcomes for L.A. residents.

At the time, the city of Los Angeles formed the Innovation Team after being awarded a $2.55 million, three-year grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies to design and implement new approaches for city halls across the nation.

Since then, the Innovation Team has expanded its efforts to address issues such as COVID-19, homelessness, housing innovation, gender equity, civic design, Los Angeles Police Department diversity and neighborhood stability.

Before her time with the city, Daflos worked with Deloitte Consulting as a senior manager.
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