Erik Caldwell, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, City of San Diego
As Deputy Chief Operating Officer (DCOO) for Smart and Sustainable Communities, Mr. Caldwell oversees the day-to-day City operations of the Smart and Sustainable Communities Branch which includes the Development Services, Economic Development, Planning, and Sustainability departments. The Branch is charged with providing services that enrich San Diego’s diverse communities, engage its citizens, and to improve service delivery by leveraging Smart Cities technologies.
Prior to taking on the DCOO role, Mr. Caldwell served as Director of the Economic Development Department. There he refocused the Department around an inclusive economic growth strategy focused on connected all communities to the growing number of economic opportunities in our regional innovation economy. Mr. Caldwell also played a critical role in the establishment of the City’s Sustainability Department which is charged with implementing the City’s ambitious Climate Action Plan. Prior to joining the City, Mr. Caldwell served as Vice-President of a San Diego-based clean energy financing company