Chief of Performance Strategy and Innovation
James leads the Mayor's Office for Performance Strategy and Innovation. His office is focused on using data to drive the organization toward strategic outcomes and remove barriers for the units of the city to create innovative solutions.
He previously worked with INCOG on programs to improve transit and bicycle/pedestrian transportation options. Most recently, he led the effort to create a regional Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan, commonly known as the GO Plan. His prior work includes the development of the Tulsa’s first Regional Transit System Plan, commonly known as Fast Forward and the Peoria Bus Rapid Transit project, which was approved for construction by Tulsa voters in 2013. The efforts of the Fast Forward plan have been recognized by numerous national awards for public outreach and planning.
In 2012 he was recognized by Oklahoma Magazine as a Top 40 Under 40 and by the Tulsa Business Journal as a Tulsa 40 award recipient. He has also been recognized as one of the nation’s top 20 transportation graduate students as an Eno Transportation Fellow.
In 2015, he was a participant in the Mine Fellowship, a 9-month intensive program focused on social innovation. The resulting project, Modus, focused on the issue of lack of transportation for Tulsa teens, and was awarded a United Way Social Innovation Grant in October 2016.
He holds a B.S. in Finance from Oklahoma State University and a Masters of City & Regional Planning and Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech in Atlanta. He is a frequent bicycle commuter. He lives in Tulsa with his wife and three children.
Ben Harris, Data Analytics Manager
Ben's primary focus is managing the City's data, leading the dashboard efforts, leading Urban Data Pioneers, Chairing the Data Governance Committee and researching emerging technologies. For the last three years he has spent numerous hours researching Artificial Intelligence.
He was previously the President of the non-profit Tulsa Data Science, Inc. Tulsa Data Science (TDS) is a volunteer-driven organization, aiming to partner with city government and community-based organizations to overcome challenges and solve problems with sound data science techniques and analysis. Additionally, TDS aims to promote and encourage data science best practices, and educate the community as we work through complex data analysis projects.
While serving as Vice President and President of TDS, he worked full time for a healthcare company as a Data Architect. He was responsible for building a data system that provided management control systems for eight insurance companies. These companies represented a population of over a million people.
Prior to healthcare, he used data and analytics to solve problems in various industries.
He holds a B.S. from the University of Oklahoma. He and his wife enjoy living near downtown, close to all the amenities.
Darita Huckabee, OPSI Project Manager
Darita holds a Master’s degree in Public Leadership from George Washington University, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma, and a LEAN/Six Sigma Black Belt certification. She leads groups to implement the city’s strategic plan, and to improve organizational performance using the Baldrige Excellence Framework.
Darita previously worked at INCOG on programs related to legislative advocacy and intergovernmental cooperation. During her time there she was successful in expanding the 9-1-1 call-taking system to cover over 400,000 citizens in NE Oklahoma. Working with others, she was passed over 35 bills into law that improved the funding, efficiency or effectiveness of municipal governments.
Hannah Ralston, OPSI Project Manager
Hannah specializes in human-centered design, leading efforts to train and equip City employees and citizens to solve complex challenges.
Previously, Hannah served as Tulsa director for The Mine / I-CCEW of OU-Tulsa, which provides social innovation and entrepreneurial experiences for higher ed students and young professionals. She managed consultant teams working with local nonprofits, small businesses, and entrepreneurs, that focused on customer discovery and commercialization strategies. In 2018, she was named as a NexGen Under 30 award winner. Prior to OU, she worked at Tulsa Area United Way in community investments, facilitating the volunteer-led process that funds youth development and basic needs agencies.
She has called Tulsa home since 2010, and holds a B.A. from Oklahoma State University.