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GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth hosts the Superpublic Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — Today Administrator Denise Turner Roth of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) kicked off the Superpublic ribbon cutting ceremony in San Francisco. She was joined by San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, Mark Farrell from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Jay Nath, the Chief Innovation Officer of San Francisco, Kiran Jain from the city of Oakland, Deputy Executive Director of 18F Hillary Hartley, Naomi Kelly, the City Administrator of San Francisco, and Kamran Saddique, the Executive Director of City Innovate Foundation. Superpublic is the nation’s first collaborative government workspace bringing the public and private sector together to solve policy and regulatory issues in urban environments.

“I am committed to leveraging GSA’s long history as a federal technology leader in order to institutionalize a passion for technological innovation in government operations and policy,” said GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth. “Superpublic shares this drive, bringing together leaders from across government and society to solve common challenges with innovative policy approaches and cutting-edge technology. I know Superpublic will find common cause here among GSA’s passionate, committed, innovative public servants, and I look forward to doing great things together.”

"Our City has already accomplished a lot by working together in partnership with public, private, non-profit and academia sectors, but we can do more,” said Mayor Lee. “Superpublic is another innovative partnership that will bring together all levels of government and partners to collaborate and share innovative ideas, resources and best practices to improve the quality of life for our residents.”

“We are proud to be a part of this first-of-its-kind lab to bring the the community, all levels of government and the private sector together to solve urban problems at Superpublic,” said Kamran Saddique, Founder and Executive Director of City Innovate Foundation. “San Francisco is recognized as the innovation capital of the world and we have the opportunity to accelerate innovative solutions to city problems and share these solutions with more cities in the U.S. and the world with our partners.”

About GSA

The mission of U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition and technology services to the government and the American people. As the real estate and procurement arm of the federal government, GSA is a driver of innovation, technology, sustainability and economic development in cities and communities across the nation.

About San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation

Established with Mayor Edwin Lee’s appointment of the nation’s first Chief Innovation Officer in January 2012, the Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation (MOCI) operates like a startup: agile, nimble, and constantly looking for opportunities to innovate. A small team with limited financial resources, our mode of operation is "platform-play." Leveraging best practices from the private sector, we work to open underutilized resources, modify policies, and create new partnerships that catalyze innovation.

About City Innovate Foundation

City Innovate Foundation solves urban problems using open innovation and public private partnerships. Founded in 2014 by Kamran Saddique (Executive Director) and San Francisco entrepreneur & civic innovator Peter Hirshberg (Chairman City Innovate Foundation, Chairman Gray Area Foundation for the arts) we are an international convener, technology accelerator, and forger of public-private -partnerships to solve urban problems in cities using open innovation. We partner with civic leaders, academic institutions, non-profits, startups and corporations to build innovative solutions, codify best practices, and bring them to our member cities to build upon. Learn more about City Innovate Foundation at

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