Sidewalk Labs announced this week that it has hired Micah Lasher to lead the company’s external affairs — overseeing communications with media, the public, and other stakeholders, and building relationships with cities across the world as Sidewalk explores new technologies to improve urban life.
Micah Lasher is the former Chief of Staff to New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and served as Director of State Legislative Affairs for the City of New York under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In these roles, Lasher spent years helping government engage with rapidly evolving technologies in the urban environment.
Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff said “I’m thrilled to welcome Micah to our Sidewalk Labs team and look forward to drawing on his years of experience guiding cities and governments as they adapt and respond to the opportunities – and challenges – of emerging technology. Micah has worked on the front lines of some of the most important conversations in urban policy, and he understands the need to engage cities and citizens as new technologies reshape urban life”.
In his new role, Micah Lasher will oversee all of Sidewalk Labs’ communications and lead its outreach to urban governments and agencies, helping to bridge the gap between technologists developing new tools and urbanists and governments wrestling with how to put them to work.