Sustainable cities, resilient cities, smart cities

The Atlas is the online community where local government officials and staff share their success stories, learn what’s working in other cities and build relationships with partners.

The Atlas envisions a world where cities are safer, smarter and more sustainable because city officials have quick, easy access to all of the solutions and partners they need to solve their toughest problems – problems like citizen engagement, climate change, and mobility.
After leaving government service in 2013, The Atlas co-founders worked with 8 cities to pursue infrastructure innovations as a part of a large philanthropic effort. It became obvious that cities needed a safe place online to share, learn and build relationships. Thus, The Atlas was born!
The Atlas was founded by three women under 35, two of whom are military spouses and all of whom are former government officials themselves. The Atlas is fueled by a dedicated, enthusiastic and (admittedly) nerdy team that loves dogs. It is proud to call the City of San Diego home.


Elle Hempen
Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer
Ellory Monks
Angela Murrell
Head of Engineering


Mandy Burnett
Business Development
Steven Peterson
Matt Stacy
Front End Development
Grey Vugrin


Shalini Vajjhala, PhD
Co-founder & Advisor
Hon. Michael Nutter
Hon. Richard J. Berry

City Advisory Team

Kip Harkness
Deputy City Manager, City of San Jose
Cathy Bailey
Director, Greater Cincinnati Water Works Department
Chris Castro
Director of Sustainability & Resilience, City of Orlando
Michael Sherwood
Director of Technology and Innovation, City of Las Vegas
Andy Kricun
Executive Director/Chief Engineer, Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority
David Graham
Chief Innovation Officer, City of Carlsbad
Calvin Farr
Director of Public Utilities & Gas Works, City of Richmond
Erik Caldwell
Deputy Chief Operating Officer, City of San Diego
Reese Johnson
Principal Engineer at Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati
Kirk Talbott
Chief Information Officer, Metropolitan Atlanta Transit Authority
Albert Carbon
Public Works Director, City of Oakland Park