Dennis Gakunga

Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chula Vista, CA

As the Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Chula Vista, Dennis leads the City’s Office of Sustainability and Smart City campaign. His responsibilities include managing the implementation of a wide range of sustainability programs and smart city initiatives. His previous experience includes serving as a department director and assistant director for multiple municipalities and public agencies in Texas and California. Dennis has also worked as a management consultant for Deloitte Consulting, IBM Business Consulting and PWC Consulting. He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University and a B.S. in Information Systems and Management Sciences from the University of Texas, Arlington.

Tuesday, April 16
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm • Smart Cities San Diego: A Regional Approachinstitute
Our host city, San Diego, and the surrounding communities have developed a robust regional partnership to leverage resources while advancing smart infrastructure. Join a conversation with some of the visionaries behind this robust, durable and successful regional collaboration.
11:00 am - 12:15 pm • City Readiness Hub: Palmdale, CAcity readiness hub
Our City Readiness Hub sessions offer a unique opportunity to hear from cities who are “in the trenches” on their journey to becoming a smart city. Featured Cities will highlight current challenges and will then receive targeted advice from Mentor Cities—other smart city practitioners who are further along the path to creating more livable, workable, and sustainable cities. Mentors have been carefully selected from those cities already designated as “Readiness Challenge winners and finalists” and paired with Featured Cities who are facing similar issues.