Susana Benavidez is a Stanford Community Impact and City Innovation Fellow and Chief Strategy Officer at City Innovate where she leads advanced technology initiatives around Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning; additionally, she provides leadership to the STIR Labs program. Susana has a B.S. in Computer Science with a focus in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning from Stanford University. She was awarded a VPUE research grant co-sponsored by the Director of the Stanford NLP Group for her Natural Language Processing research which she presented at the Latinx in AI workshop at NeurIPS. She was on the board of Women in CS (WiCS) and the Society of Latinx Engineers and worked at the Haas Center of Public Service and the Clayman Institute. Previously, she was a Business Development Specialist at Latham & Watkins where she led the global strategy for the Technology Transactions & Privacy Group working with markets in Silicon Valley, London, New York, Singapore, and Dubai among others. Originally from Los Angeles, Susana served as a public servant for various departments of the City of LA.