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THE BIG FESTIVAL ABOUT SMALL CITIES
Tom Tom champions civic innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship in America’s hometowns.

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Featured Speakers

avatar for John Dickerson

John Dickerson

Slate Political Gabfest
Co-host
avatar for Vanessa German

Vanessa German

ARThouse and Love Front Porch
Founder
avatar for Jaclyn Corin

Jaclyn Corin

March For Our Lives
Cofounder & Organizer
avatar for Jamelle Bouie

Jamelle Bouie

New York Times
Columnist
avatar for Emily Bazelon

Emily Bazelon

Slate Political Gabfest
Co-host
avatar for Melani Douglass

Melani Douglass

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Family Arts Museum
avatar for David Plotz

David Plotz

Slate Political Gabfest
Co-host
avatar for Katherine Hamilton

Katherine Hamilton

38 North Solutions; Energy Gang
Chair; Cohost
avatar for Chinedu Echeruo

Chinedu Echeruo

Love and Magic Company
Cofounder
avatar for Jason Feifer

Jason Feifer

Entrepreneur magazine
editor in chief
avatar for Chauncy Lennon

Chauncy Lennon

Lumina Foundation
Vice President for the Future of Learning and Work
avatar for Melody Barnes

Melody Barnes

University of Virginia
Co-Director, Democracy Initiative & Professor of Practice, Miller...
avatar for Jane West

Jane West

Jane West
CEO
avatar for José Cisneros

José Cisneros

Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector
San Francisco Treasurer
avatar for Andrew Therriault

Andrew Therriault

Facebook
Manager, Infrastructure Data Science
avatar for Carlos Curbelo

Carlos Curbelo

Congressional Climate Solutions Caucus
Cofounder
avatar for Matt Pritchard

Matt Pritchard

HomeStart, Inc.
President/ Executive Director
avatar for Larry Terry

Larry Terry

University of Virginia, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service
Executive Director
avatar for Louis Nelson

Louis Nelson

University of Virginia
Vice Provost for Academic Outreach
avatar for Beena Raghavendran

Beena Raghavendran

ProPublica
Engagement reporter
avatar for Michael Orlove

Michael Orlove

National Endowment for the Arts
Director, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works, Artist Communities,...
avatar for Josh Yates

Josh Yates

Thriving Cities Group
Founder and CEO
avatar for Colin Mochrie

Colin Mochrie

Scared Scriptless
avatar for Pamela Abalu

Pamela Abalu

Love and Magic Company
Cofounder
avatar for David Hall

David Hall

Revolution's Rise of the Rest Seed Fund
Partner
avatar for Brad Sherwood

Brad Sherwood

Scared Scriptless
avatar for Noah Horowitz

Noah Horowitz

Art Basel
Director Americas

Speakers

avatar for CO.STARTERS

CO.STARTERS

CO.STARTERS
Founder
avatar for Eric	Parker

Eric Parker

theClubhou.se
President and Founder
avatar for Monique Adams

Monique Adams

757 Angels
Executive Director
avatar for Andreas Addison

Andreas Addison

Civic Innovator LLC
Founder
avatar for Kibibi Ajanku

Kibibi Ajanku

Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance
Director of Equity and Inclusion
avatar for Ed Albrigo

Ed Albrigo

Center for Innovative Technology
CEO
avatar for Joaquín Alori

Joaquín Alori

Tryolabs
Research Engineer
avatar for Ézé Amos

Ézé Amos

Ézé Amos Photography
Photojournalist
avatar for Wyatt Andrews

Wyatt Andrews

Dept. of Media Studies, Univ. of Virginia
Professor of Practice
avatar for Joshua Anton

Joshua Anton

X-Mode
CEO
avatar for Will Badart

Will Badart

Booz Allen Hamilton
Machine Learning Engineer
avatar for Ross Baird

Ross Baird

Village Capital
President
avatar for Ellen M. Bassett

Ellen M. Bassett

Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture, University of Virginia
Chair and Associate Professor
avatar for Chris Bast

Chris Bast

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Chief Deputy
avatar for Marcy Bauer

Marcy Bauer

EVgo Services LLC
Director, Program Operations
avatar for David Bearinger

David Bearinger

Virginia Humanities
Director, Grants & Community Programs
avatar for Grace Belangia

Grace Belangia

theClubhou.se
Executive Director
avatar for Rhonda Bellamy

Rhonda Bellamy

The Arts Council of Wilmington/New Hanover County
Executive Director
avatar for Missy Benson

Missy Benson

Magical Bridge Foundation and Playworld
Inclusive Play Advocate
avatar for Anna Bentson

Anna Bentson

City of Lynchburg
Economic Development & Tourism
avatar for Seyoum Berhe

Seyoum Berhe

Virginia Department of Social Services Office of Newcomer Services
State Refugee Coordinator
avatar for Cierra Biel

Cierra Biel

Citizen Burger Bar
Mixologist
avatar for Jon Bier

Jon Bier

Cerro Gordo Mines
Entrepreneur
avatar for Derek Bivona

Derek Bivona

Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia
PhD Candidate
avatar for Carlos Blancarte

Carlos Blancarte

Elder Research
Data Scientist
avatar for Ben Bland

Ben Bland

James Madison University
Student
avatar for Adam Blum

Adam Blum

Deep Learn
CEO
avatar for Drew Bollinger

Drew Bollinger

Development Seed
Developer
avatar for Jeanne Milliken Bonds

Jeanne Milliken Bonds

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Senior Manager, Regional Community Development
avatar for Mary Lou Bourne

Mary Lou Bourne

James Madison University
Executive Director, Technology Innovation and Economic Development
avatar for Carleen Bowers

Carleen Bowers

UVA LVG Seed Fund
Venture Associate
avatar for Steve Bowers

Steve Bowers

Apex
Vice President of Marketing and Communications
avatar for Leslie Greene Bowman

Leslie Greene Bowman

Thomas Jefferson Foundation
President
avatar for Chip Boyles

Chip Boyles

Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission
Executive Director
avatar for Frances Bradford

Frances Bradford

Office of the Governor of Virginia
Deputy Secretary of Education
avatar for Krista Bradley

Krista Bradley

Association of Performing Arts Professionals
Director of Programs and Resources
avatar for Catherine Bradshaw

Catherine Bradshaw

UVA Curry School of Education and Human Development
Professor and Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development
avatar for Jessica Brady

Jessica Brady

Collegiate Times
Editor in Chief
avatar for Derrick Braziel

Derrick Braziel

MORTAR
Managing Partner
avatar for Jason Brewster

Jason Brewster

University of Virginia i.Lab
Incubator Director
avatar for Junious Brickhouse

Junious Brickhouse

Urban Artistry Inc.
Founder/ Executive Director
avatar for Tom Brock

Tom Brock

ConvergentAI
CEO
avatar for Derek Brown

Derek Brown

Peace Appeal Foundation
Co-Director
avatar for Laura Brown

Laura Brown

Local Food Hub
Associate Director of Sales
avatar for Sara Brown

Sara Brown

Music & Theater Arts at MIT
Director of Design
avatar for Taylor Brown

Taylor Brown

University of Virginia
Lecturer of Statistics
avatar for Sam Brumberg

Sam Brumberg

VA/MD/DE Association of Electric Cooperatives
Association Counsel
avatar for Zyahna Bryant

Zyahna Bryant

Charlottesville Youth Council, Student Representative for Charlottesville City School Board
Activist and Community Organizer
avatar for Marland Buckner

Marland Buckner

MB2 Solutions
Cofounder & Principal
avatar for Tighe Bullock

Tighe Bullock

Bullock Properties, LLC
President/Managing Member
avatar for James Burnett

James Burnett

The Trace
Editorial Director
avatar for Sean Carr, Ph.D.

Sean Carr, Ph.D.

University of Virginia, Darden School of Business
Executive Director, Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and...
avatar for Jill Carroll

Jill Carroll

SR One
Principal
avatar for A.D. Carson

A.D. Carson

University of Virginia
Assistant Professor of Hip-Hop and the Global South
TC

Tatyana Casino

WillowTree
Platform Software Engineer
avatar for Ric Cavender

Ric Cavender

Charleston Main Streets
Executive Director
avatar for Andrew Centofante

Andrew Centofante

North American Sake Brewery and Restaurant
Owner and Head Brewer
avatar for Tom Chapman

Tom Chapman

Chapman and Company
Managing Principal
avatar for Mylea Charvat

Mylea Charvat

Savonix
CEO
avatar for The Chattery

The Chattery

The Chattery
Operations Headmaster
avatar for Marc Cheatham

Marc Cheatham

The Cheats Movement
Founder
avatar for T. Donna Chen, Ph.D.

T. Donna Chen, Ph.D.

University of Virginia
Assistant Professor
avatar for Jim Cheng

Jim Cheng

CAV Angels
Secretary of Commerce and Trade
avatar for Jeremy Cherry

Jeremy Cherry

Journey Group
Senior Digital Designer
avatar for Kristen Chiacchia

Kristen Chiacchia

Second Street Gallery
Executive Director and Chief Curator
avatar for Martin Chobanyan

Martin Chobanyan

Commonwealth Computer Research, Inc. (CCRi)
Data Scientist
avatar for Tom Click

Tom Click

CEO, Patriot Industries
Chair, GO Virginia Region 9 Council
avatar for Danny Van Clief

Danny Van Clief

Coronal Energy
President
avatar for Kelly Cline

Kelly Cline

Random Row Brewing & Craft Brewed Jewlery
Marketing
avatar for Nicholas Cohen

Nicholas Cohen

Maryland Citizens for the Arts
Executive Director
avatar for Mary Coleman

Mary Coleman

City of Promise
Director of Development
avatar for Kate Collier

Kate Collier

Feast!
Co-Founder and Co-Owner
avatar for Theresa Colvin

Theresa Colvin

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Executive Director
avatar for Ryan Coonerty

Ryan Coonerty

Santa Cruz County
County Supervisor
avatar for Joshua Copson

Joshua Copson

Fight Like A Grrrl Club
Instructor, Co-Founder
avatar for Mick Cornett

Mick Cornett

Oklahoma City
Former Mayor
avatar for Dianne Corsello

Dianne Corsello

Dominion Energy Power Generation
Director, Business Development
avatar for Stephen Coughlin

Stephen Coughlin

Fluence
CEO
avatar for Sara Crickenberger

Sara Crickenberger

Carnegie Hall, Inc.
Executive Director
avatar for Elizabeth Cromwell

Elizabeth Cromwell

Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce
President & CEO
avatar for Sean Cuddy

Sean Cuddy

Science Policy Initiative at UVA
Outreach Chair
avatar for Brad Cummings

Brad Cummings

Trolley Ventures
Managing Partner
avatar for Erik Curren

Erik Curren

Secure Futures Solar
Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer
avatar for Caleb Dance

Caleb Dance

MIMA Music, Inc.
Teaching Envoy
avatar for Maria Daniel

Maria Daniel

iDance Ministry
Founder and Artistic Director
avatar for Sarad Davenport

Sarad Davenport

Davenport Strategic Innovation & Design
Chief Innovation Officer
avatar for Waverly Davis

Waverly Davis

Community Investment Collaborative
Communications & Engagement Director
avatar for Nate Day

Nate Day

HemoShear Therapeutics
Data Scientist
avatar for Kimberly Deas

Kimberly Deas

Rutgers University
Health Data Scientist
avatar for Pierre DeBois

Pierre DeBois

Zimana
Founder / CEO
avatar for Roy Decker

Roy Decker

Duvall Decker
Principal
avatar for Robby Demeria

Robby Demeria

Office of the Governor
Deputy Secretary of Commerce & Trade for Technology
avatar for Nora Demleitner

Nora Demleitner

Washington and Lee University School of Law
Roy L. Steinheimer Jr. Professor of Law
avatar for Maya Desai

Maya Desai

Navigant
Associate Director
avatar for Tamara Dias

Tamara Dias

African American Teaching Fellows
Executive Director
avatar for Lorenzo Dickerson

Lorenzo Dickerson

Maupintown Media
Storyteller
avatar for Chip Dicks

Chip Dicks

Gentry Locke
Partner
avatar for Timothy Dodson

Timothy Dodson

The Cavalier Daily
Journalist
avatar for Eva Doss

Eva Doss

The Launch Place
President and CEO
avatar for Reid Dougherty

Reid Dougherty

Brasserie Saison
General Manager
avatar for Sheila Dugan

Sheila Dugan

Johns Hopkins University Center for Government Excellence
Director of Cities
avatar for Matt Dunne

Matt Dunne

Center on Rural Innovation
Founder & Executive Director
avatar for Ryan Duve

Ryan Duve

S&P Global
Using Google's BERT to Ask Financial Documents Questions
avatar for Heather Eggleston

Heather Eggleston

Local Energy Alliance Program
Building Analyst
avatar for Chris Eichelberger

Chris Eichelberger

CCRi
Senior Software Developer / Data Scientist
avatar for Bob Eiffert

Bob Eiffert

Alexandria Commission on Aging
Former Chair
avatar for Mary Jane Elkins

Mary Jane Elkins

Southside Virginia Community College Foundation
Executive Director
avatar for Daniel Emaasit

Daniel Emaasit

Haystax
Data Scientist
avatar for Alex Euler

Alex Euler

CIT GAP Funds
Investment Director
avatar for Duanecia Evans

Duanecia Evans

Teach For America
Senior Managing Director, Public Partnerships
avatar for Erik Fabian

Erik Fabian

Resource Exploration (ResourceX)
CEO
avatar for Timmy Faillace

Timmy Faillace

Commonwealth / Skybar
Bar Program Manager
avatar for Roben Farzad

Roben Farzad

Public Radio's Full Disclosure
Host
avatar for Andrew Fast

Andrew Fast

CounterFlow AI, Inc
Chief Data Scientist
TF

Trace Feng

MIMA Music, Inc.
Executive Director
avatar for Kashaun Finch

Kashaun Finch

James Madison University
Student
avatar for Rosamond Fletcher

Rosamond Fletcher

Design Trust for Public Space
Director of Programs
avatar for Ayana Flewellen

Ayana Flewellen

Society of Black Archaeologists
Co-Founder
avatar for Beth Flowers

Beth Flowers

Berea College
Director
avatar for Harold Folley

Harold Folley

Legal Aid Justice Center
Community Organzier
avatar for Hayes Framme

Hayes Framme

Orsted
Government Relations & Communications Manager, Southeast
avatar for Elizabeth Freeman

Elizabeth Freeman

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Entrepreneurship Consultant
avatar for Miriam Friedel

Miriam Friedel

Skafos.ai
Director of Data Science
avatar for Frank Friedman

Frank Friedman

Piedmont Virginia Community College
President
avatar for Jason Fuller

Jason Fuller

New Enterprise Associates
Principal
avatar for Larkin Garbee

Larkin Garbee

Startup Champions Network
Interim Executive Director
avatar for Cheis Garrus

Cheis Garrus

MannaWell LLC
CEO
avatar for Georgia Geen

Georgia Geen

The Commonwealth Times
Executive Editor
avatar for Robert Gipe

Robert Gipe

Higher Ground
Producer
avatar for Marian Glebes

Marian Glebes

Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation (BARCO)
Art Space Technical Assistance Program Coordinator
avatar for Harry Godfrey

Harry Godfrey

Virginia AEE
Executive Director
avatar for Alan Goffinski

Alan Goffinski

The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative / Charlottesville Mural Project
Executive Director
avatar for Andrew Gohn

Andrew Gohn

American Wind Energy Association
Eastern Region Director
avatar for William Goodrum

William Goodrum

Elder Research, Inc.
Data Scientist
avatar for Mark Goodwin

Mark Goodwin

Apex Clean Energy
President and CEO
avatar for Rick Gordon

Rick Gordon

Inova Personalized Health Accelerator
Director
avatar for Miriam Gordon-Stewart

Miriam Gordon-Stewart

Victory Hall Opera
Co-founder & Artistic Director
avatar for Greg Graham

Greg Graham

Charlottesville Arts Supporter
avatar for Charlene Green

Charlene Green

Charlottesville’s Office of Human Rights
Manager
avatar for Elizabeth Grossman

Elizabeth Grossman

Microsoft Corporation
National Partnerships, Cities Team
avatar for Amy Grossmann

Amy Grossmann

North Carolina Folk Festival
Director
avatar for Serena Gruia

Serena Gruia

Creative Might
Founder
avatar for Sameer Gulati

Sameer Gulati

Ordway
Founder & CEO
avatar for Chris Gullickson

Chris Gullickson

The Port of Virginia
Director, Economic Development
avatar for Bernard Hankins

Bernard Hankins

Cypher
Co-Founder
avatar for Juanita Hardy

Juanita Hardy

Urban Land Institute
Creative Placemaking Consultant
avatar for Chris Harris

Chris Harris

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Senior Program Officer - Entrepreneurship
avatar for Henry Harris

Henry Harris

University of Virginia
Student
avatar for Imagene Harris

Imagene Harris

NetWork Kansas
Director of Strategic Partnerships & Impact Investment
avatar for John Harris

John Harris

Cogit Analytics
Data Scientist
avatar for Lee Harris

Lee Harris

Shelby County Government
Mayor of Shelby County
avatar for Elizabeth Harrison

Elizabeth Harrison

University of Virginia School of Medicine & School of Data Science
Dual Degree Candidate
avatar for Felecia Hatcher-Pearson

Felecia Hatcher-Pearson

Code Fever Miami
Co-Founder of Tribe Co-Work & Urban Innovation Lab +Blacktech Week
avatar for River Hawkins

River Hawkins

The Bebedero
Co-Owner
avatar for Steven Hawkins

Steven Hawkins

Marijuana Policy Foundation
Executive Director
avatar for Sutton Mora Hayes

Sutton Mora Hayes

Community Foundation of Greater Memphis
Executive Vice President & COO
avatar for Tim Heaphy

Tim Heaphy

The Fountain Fund
Founder and Board Chairman
avatar for John Heil, Ph.D.

John Heil, Ph.D.

Emory & Henry College
Director of Energy
avatar for Matthew Hendrickson

Matthew Hendrickson

HelioCampus
Principal Data Analyst
avatar for Sean Henry

Sean Henry

Stord
Founder/CEO
avatar for Tiffany Henry

Tiffany Henry

Winthrop Rockefeller Institute
Program Officer
avatar for Erika Herz

Erika Herz

University of Virginia, Darden School of Business
Director of Research and Intellectual Capital, Batten Institute for...
avatar for Henry Hipps

Henry Hipps

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Deputy Director, Education
avatar for David Hirsch

David Hirsch

CO.STARTERS
Community Development
avatar for Steve Hoang

Steve Hoang

HemoShear Therapeutics
Head of Computational Biology
avatar for Francis Hodsoll

Francis Hodsoll

SolUnesco
CEO
avatar for David Hofert

David Hofert

Perrone Robotics
Chief Marketing Officer


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