Jessica Robinson is Director, City Solutions at Ford Smart Mobility where she works with cities to understand local priorities and to identify new mobility solutions to meet current and future transportation needs. Jessica leads the field-based team working to establish new businesses, services, and strategic alliances within the Ford Smart Mobility portfolio to improve quality of urban life. An early leader in the mobility industry, she scaled Zipcar’s innovative car sharing model as Seattle Marketing Manager, San Francisco Bay Area Locations Manager, and in new cities and airports in North America as Market Launch Manager.
In recognition of her public-private work, Jessica was named a 2017 Next City Vanguard, a competitive distinction for top young urban innovators working to make change in cities. She is an Advisory Board member for PlanetM, an initiative of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, set up to create a partnership of mobility organizations, communities, educational institutions, R&D, and government working together to connect Michigan with those working on innovations that will define the future of transportation. Jessica is also a founding member of the Detroit Mobility Lab, a group focused on building the mobility talent infrastructure necessary to shape the sector’s future within the City of Detroit.
Jessica’s background in innovation includes prior work launching startup accelerator programs at Techstars with industry-leading corporate partners to further a global ecosystem focused on empowering entrepreneurs. She is an active startup mentor and micro lender who invests in women entrepreneurs and business owners in Detroit.
Jessica graduated with highest honors from the University of Massachusetts with a BA in Anthropology and brings an unexpected perspective to the challenges that fall at the intersection of cities, citizen needs, emerging business, and technology.
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