Jim Loter is the Director of Digital Engagement for The City of Seattle. His team supports technology, programs, and policies that connect the public with their government and helps ensure digital equity in Seattle.
Jim's portfolio includes the Seattle.gov web site, the data.seattle.gov open data platform; the award-winning Seattle Channel government television network; the City's cable franchise authority; the Digital Equity Initiative, and Technology Matching Fund grant program; and provides coordination for the City's civic technology, privacy, and smart city initiatives.
Jim's career has focused on leading education and public sector information technology strategy and operations for organizations including The Seattle Public Library, the University of Washington, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, and the University of Iowa Libraries. His interests include developing and supporting technology-enabled solutions to achieve greater digital equity, educational outcomes, community engagement, and civic participation. Jim also periodically lectures in organizational management for the University of Washington Information School.
Jim hails from Dearborn, Michigan, and has a Master's degree in film studies from the University of Iowa focusing on Irish cinema, semiotics, and narrative theory. He enjoys running, playing chess and poker, and is an épée fencer. He lives with his wife, son, and 2 cats in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.