Euan Robertson, President and Chief Operating Officer, MaRS Discovery District
Story Bellows, FastFWD Managing Director and Co-Director Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Philadelphia
Clare Newman, Government Innovation Team, Bloomberg Philanthropies
Story Bellows joined the City of Philadelphia in April of 2012 as Co-Director of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics.
The new office is a civic idea and innovation incubator, which develops innovative approaches and processes to solving complex problems in the public arena. Prior to coming to Philadelphia, Story served as Director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the American Architectural Foundation and the US Conference of Mayors.
An urban designer by training, Story spent four years in a private design practice Chicago, where she founded a research group and worked with leaders in the public, private and non-profit sectors on urban, education, healthcare and environmental design projects and initiatives. She holds an undergraduate degree from Colgate University and a Masters degree in City Design and Social Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
As President of Freedman Consulting, LLC, Tom Freedman is an advisor to leading political figures, corporations, and non-profit organizations developing policy ideas that become part of an effective strategic message. Mr. Freedman served in the Clinton Administration as Senior Advisor to the President, and prior to that as Special Assistant to the President for Policy Planning. In the 1996 presidential campaign, Mr. Freedman was Chief of Staff for Strategy, helping to create the policy and communications plan for Clinton/Gore ’96. Previously he was Press Secretary and later Legislative Director to then Congressman Charles E. Schumer (D-NY). He co-founded the non-profit organization the Welfare to Work Partnership, which grew to include more than 20,000 companies that hired more than 1 million Americans off of public assistance.
Mr. Freedman served as a member of the 2008 presidential Obama-Biden Transition Project on the Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform Policy Working Group, and was a policy consultant for President Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012, Obama for America.
Mr. Freedman is an honors graduate of Carleton College, and a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley where he was Editor-in-Chief of the California Law Review. Mr. Freedman was awarded a traveling Watson Fellowship in 1985 and conducted a year long study of the African famine. He has published opinion articles in a variety of newspapers including The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and The Washington Post. In 2009, Mr. Freedman authored the chapter of recommendations for the next Domestic Policy Council in the book Change for America: A Progressive Blueprint for the 44th President (Center for American Progress) and wrote a chapter on ending child hunger in America with Joel Berg in the book Memos to the New President (Progressive Policy Institute).
Clare Newman is a member of the Government Innovation Team at Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Euan Robertson is the President and COO of MaRS Discovery District, where he leads the organization’s day-to-day operations and works closely with the CEO to strengthen MaRS’ unique innovation platform.
Euan joined MaRS in May 2013 from the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), where he held the position of Executive Vice President, and the Center for Economic Transformation, where he served as Managing Director.
Prior to his work in New York, Euan held senior roles in both the public and private sectors in the U.K. He spent almost a decade in the private sector there, including more than five years as COO of a technology startup and four years leading business process redesign for the U.K.’s largest power utility.
He holds an MBA with Distinction from London Business School and an MA (Hons) from the University of St. Andrews.