David Eaves

Lecturer in Public Policy

Harvard Kennedy School

A public policy entrepreneur, and expert in information technology, innovation and government, David Eaves serves as a Lecturer in Public Policy and Faculty Director of Digital HKS in the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

In 2018, he was named one of 20 most influential on Apolitical’s “World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government.”

David Eaves has sought to help numerous governments use technology more effectively. David served as the first Director of Education for Code for America – training each cohort of fellows for their work with cities. David has also provided training to the Presidential Innovation Fellows program at the White House.

In 2009, as an adviser to the Office of the Mayor of Vancouver, David proposed and helped draft the Open Motion, which created one of the first municipal open data portals in the world. His subsequent parliamentary committee testimony laid out the core policy structure that has guided the federal government’s approach to the issue. He has also advised numerous local, state and national governments on technology and policy issues, including sitting on Ontario’s Open Government Engagement Team in 2014-2015, Canadian Government’s Open Government Advisory Panel and the City of Vancouver’s Digital Strategy External Advisory Group.

In addition to his work with government, David has advised and worked with organizations such as Greenpeace, Mozilla and the City of Mexico providing negotiation and strategy advice.

A graduate of Queen’s and Oxford University, David is a native of Vancouver, BC and currently resides with his family in Cambridge, MA.

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