Amanda Daflos is the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Los Angeles. She also serves as the Director of Mayor Eric Garcetti's Innovation Team (i-team), in partnership with Michael Bloomberg and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Daflos was appointed by Garcetti in 2015 and became the first innovation officer in the City of Los Angeles, the second largest city in the United States. She is the first woman to serve in the role. Daflos was responsible for establishing the office from the ground up, an office that is now recognized as one of the most important labs in the world and has won numerous awards for its visionary, bold and thoughtful work. She is an accountant and a leader in the non-profit industry and is considered a pioneer on the government innovation and transformation landscape.
Daflos received her BA from Hamilton College, and received her Masters of Public Administration from the University of Colorado. She studied abroad in Nepal with an immersive six month Pitzer College program earning a certificate. In 2014, she graduated from the Leadership Tomorrow program in Seattle.
Daflos grew up in the west end of Suffolk County, on Long Island, in the State of New York. She was elected to serve as student body president for four consecutive years. She graduated from Smithtown High School in 1996.
- 2009 Social Innovation Spotlight Award from Governor Schwarzenegger
- 2014 National Association of Counties (NACo) Recognition Award
- 2016 Civic Youth Leadership Academy (CYLA) Certificate of Appreciation and Award from Eric Garcetti, Identified as "Not just leaders of the future, but leaders of the now.”
- 2018 Engaging Local Government Leaders Top 100 Local Government Leaders. Listed as #1 on the list.
Dalfos's earlier pursuits included her founding of Aleigh Productions which is a public relations and event coordinating firm. She also was the Director of Programs for the International Mountain Explorers Connection [IMEC] and a Project Manager for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in New York.
Los Angeles Index of Neighborhood Change
The Innovation team (created 2015) is attempting to find creative solutions for the rising rates of homeless in Los Angeles and the gentrification and displacements that were resulting from rising rents. Amanda Daflos, worked on finding inclusive data collection to create a strategy to ensure existing residents and businesses do not have to leave their communities. The team was funded through a grant by Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Team through the Office of Budget and Innovation in the City of Los Angeles.
Daflos' Innovation team created the MyVoiceLa online platform for city employees to easily report workplace sexual harassment and assault. It is the first tool of its kind in the City of Los Angeles. The platform informs employees of their rights, and the design was created using crowdsoucring in order to make it the most trauma-informed reporting platform possible. The program also made the code for the site available for any other cities to copy the code and create their own platform for reporting and then investigating these issues. The website was initially made available as a beta tool aimed at testing how users felt. They then incorporated feedback into the final product which officially launched in September 2018.
Business Portal: Innovate LA
Daflos' Innovation Team created the first online tool for the City of Los Angeles aimed at helping businesses understand how to start, maintain and grow their business with the City. The portal is designed to make starting a small business more accessible to Los Angeles residents. The portal guides business owners through location scouting, permitting, and accessing capital. It was designed to be user friendly and is open source, and meant to be leveraged by other cities. It has won several awards. The portal also shares the experiences of other local business areas and how they approached their funding, permit, and capital processes.
- 2015 World Cities Cultural Forum Interviewee
- 2017 Moderator of the Women Tech Leaders Panel
- 2017 Speaker at the ATHENA: Women's Entrepreneurship Summit
- 2018 Presented MyVoiceLA to the 48th Annual National Commission on the Status of Women Conference in Los Angeles.
- 2018 United State of Women Summit.
- Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
- 2018 Wonder Woman Tech
- 2017 and 2018 CityLab
- Consistent guest lecturer in civics, policy and administration classes at USC, University of Washington, Sacramento State, UCLA
Non-profit work in Nepal
Daflos studied abroad for seven months in Nepal during her undergraduate career at Hamilton. She learned how to read and write in Nepali. After seeing the country, she founded a school in Maure, Nepal in 2013. She also served as the deputy chief of General Consulate of Nepal in Los Angeles. She organized to send supplies and emergency assistance to Nepal after the 2015 earthquake. Daflos also founded Nepal Trek and Trail Run, to introduce others to the culture and beauty of Nepal.
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