David Gilford

Innovation for People, Cities, and Infrastructure


Technology, policy and entrepreneurship can solve our toughest challenges, but only if we get out of our silos - and only if everyone has access. I work at the intersection of the physical and digital, helping bring innovation to the infrastructure, buildings and processes that make up our cities.

What I'm Working On


David leads policy and strategic partnerships for Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners (SIP). Backed by Alphabet, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and Sidewalk Labs, SIP applies innovative technology to urban infrastructure systems to make them more resilient, sustainable, and inclusive.

Over two decades at the intersection of the public and private sectors, David has built cross-sector programs to support innovation. As a Principal at HR&A Advisors and co-founder of the Broadband Equity Partnership, David designed digital and social infrastructure to close the digital divide. Previously, he co-founded the Connected Communities practice at Intersection, developing technology strategies for neighborhood-scale real estate developments.

David previously held multiple leadership positions with the City of New York, including Vice President for Urban Innovation & Sustainability at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. As a Director of the Center for Economic Transformation, David worked to catalyze entrepreneurship and innovation across New York City, including developing UrbanTech NYC to provide real estate, equipment, and pilot opportunities to fast-growing companies addressing urban challenges. David holds a BA in Economics from Williams College and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

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