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Joshua Edmonds
Director of Digital Inclusion at City of Detroit


Joshua Edmonds is the Director of Digital Inclusion for the City of Detroit. In his role, Joshua is responsible for creating a sustainable digital inclusion strategy to help bridge Detroit’s vast digital divide. Joshua’s work intersects with public policy, telecommunications and community engagement. Prior to his role at the City of Detroit, Joshua served as a Digital Innovation Fellow at The Cleveland Foundation. During his tenure at The Cleveland Foundation, he leveraged philanthropic and corporate funding to help bridge Cleveland, Ohio’s digital divide. Joshua also has experience working on President Obama’s ConnectHome initiative within the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority. His work with HUD received national recognition. Joshua holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Howard University and a Bachelor’s in English and Spanish from Notre Dame College.

Agenda Sessions

  • Developing a “community first” smart city funding plan

  • Digital Equity and sustainable neighborhood development: understanding the cost and consequences of digitization across communities