Alequresh previously led efforts to improve organisational structures and processes as an executive advisor for the City of Los Angeles
The US city of Dallas has appointed a chief innovation officer. Laila Alequresh will lead the newly created Office of Innovation. Before joining the City of Dallas, Alequresh led efforts to improve organisational structures and processes as an executive advisor for the City of Los Angeles.
The new Office of Innovation will seek opportunities to drive operational and technological improvements, create change by introducing new ideas to city leaders and encourage new and innovative projects. Alequresh will serve as a consultant and facilitator for city employees, local businesses, and organisations seeking to develop new solutions to civic challenges and city-wide systemic issues.
Prior to her role in Los Angeles, she worked for the City of Philadelphia as the citywide performance management Director and was responsible for designing and implementing data-centric, citizen- focused strategies that supported the overall strategic plan and partnering with departments to develop ways to improve service delivery.
“I believe government leaders should always listen to the public first when establishing a strategy to improve performance and the quality of life for residents,” said Alequresh. “It’s a key part of a holistic approach for making sure city initiatives have high-quality performance outcomes and maintain a ‘service first’ outlook.”
She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in business administration and is trained in project management, Lean Six Sigma and Baldrige principles. She is a past Baldrige examiner and was a 2015 NextGen Government Public Service Award finalist.
“I believe government leaders should always listen to the public first when establishing a strategy to improve performance and the quality of life for residents”
In addition to her experience in local government, Alequresh previously worked in both corporate and non-profit sectors where she focused on performance and efficiency.
“Laila’s vast experience will be beneficial as we work to strengthen our capacity to be more strategic in how we adapt to the changing needs of our organisation and diverse community,” said TC Broadnax, Dallas city manager.
“Her role is critical in formulating non-traditional approaches and solutions to better address the challenges of our city and residents.”
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