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Open Mobility Foundation Chooses Franklin-Hodge as Director

The city of Boston's former CIO will lead the new foundation, which governs the transportation-focused Mobility Data Specification. The nation's three largest cities and Microsoft are among the foundation's members.

Jascha Franklin-Hodge, the city of Boston’s former chief information officer, has taken on leadership of the Open Mobility Foundation.

Franklin-Hodge will become the first executive director of the nonprofit, which consists of local governments and technology companies. The foundation governs the Mobility Data Specification, a system of open source code projects meant to standardize scooter-share, bus schedule and other kinds of transportation-related data.

"The intersection of technology and public good has always been a driving force for me professionally and personally, and I look forward to being part of the OMF’s effort to bring together public and private interests in a way that will help ensure transportation technology meets the needs of community members, city governments and private enterprises," he said in a press release.

The foundation also elected Seleta Reynolds, general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, as the chair of its board, and Ramses Madou, the division manager of planning, policy and sustainability for the city of San Jose, Calif.’s Department of Transportation, as vice chair.

OMF was launched in June. Its membership includes New York City; Los Angeles; Chicago; Washington, D.C.; and Bogota, Colombia. Private-sector members include Microsoft, Spin and Bird.

Ben Miller is the associate editor of data and business for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes breaking news, business, community features and technical subjects. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, and lives in Sacramento, Calif.