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Deborah Acosta

City of San Leandro
Chief Innovation Officer

As the City of San Leandro’s first Chief Innovation Officer, Ms. Acosta’s task is twofold: (1) develop the Lit San Leandro fiber optic network as a unique infrastructure tool to attract, expand and retain innovative tech businesses and businesses in need of fast connectivity; and (2) to cultivate a healthy tech and innovation ecosystem designed to attract tech companies and their employees.   Ms. Acosta has a successful track record of developing economic development initiatives through building public/private collaborations.  These partnerships emphasize sharing, connected and sustainable economic collaborations and open access to information and data.  In her first 2 years with the City, success stories related to these partnerships include the connection of 3 million building square feet and almost 200 businesses to Lit San Leandro; and a 700,000 s.f. former Chrysler Dodge auto plant connected to the fiber is being transformed into the largest 3D desktop printing hub in the world – Bay Area Advanced Manufacturing group (BAAM).  San Leandro: We Make Things!


Ms. Acosta is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, with 12 years as banking professional in San Francisco, 12 years as a City of Oakland Economic Development professional focused in International Trade and the Innovative Technology sectors, and 1.5 years as an entrepreneur and business development consultant.  She became the East Bay and San Leandro’s first Chief Innovation Officer in February 2013, where she now lives with her artist husband, Gary Branchaud, and musician daughter, Anna Acosta.