David Zipper

Visiting Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School
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David examines the interplay between urban policy and new mobility technologies. With articles published in The Atlantic, WIRED, Slate, and Car and Driver, David’s 2018 article in Fast Company was the first to apply the “walled garden” framework to urban mobility platforms. David’s work focuses on Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS), the uses of transportation data, the future of micromobility, and linkages between public transit, city regulations, and private shared vehicles. From 2013 to 2017, David was the Managing Director for Smart Cities and Mobility at 1776, a global entrepreneurial hub with over 1,300 member startups. He previously served as the Director of Business Development and Strategy under two mayors in Washington DC, where he led support to Washington’s first startup incubators and guided the city's response to the emergence of ride hail services. Before moving to Washington, David served as Executive Director of NYC Business Solutions in New York City under Mayor Bloomberg. David holds an MBA with Highest Honors from Harvard Business School, an M.Phil in Land Economy (Urban Planning) from Cambridge University, and a BA with High Honors from Swarthmore College.

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