Founder of Center for Civic Innovation
2015 Global Fellow
The Center for Civic Innovation helps the public sector find and invest in more innovative or effective ways to tackle local social challenges. The Center’s main program, Civic Labs, facilitates pay-for-outcome contracts between local public agencies (a local government, nonprofit, or foundation) and entrepreneurs with solutions that save money, generate revenue, and engage local communities. The Center’s innovation lab offers public sector organizations and local civic innovators a safe space for experimenting and prototyping untested, promising civic ideas. They also offer trainings, workshops, and opportunities for constructive dialogue. The Center for Civic Innovation is based in Atlanta, a city at the intersection of challenge and opportunity.
Rohit Malhotra is the founder and executive director of the Center for Civic Innovation in Atlanta, his hometown city. His background is in social entrepreneurship, digital communications, open data and community organizing. He worked in leadership positions at Malaria NO MORE, Bono’s ONE Campaign, the Democratic National Committee and the World Cup’s 1GOAL Education for All Campaign. Most recently, he served as an Ash Innovation Fellow in the White House Office of Management and Budget, focused on the administration’s efforts around social impact bonds and pay for performance. In 2015, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, where he is the youngest serving member in recent history, and the National Basketball Association’s first Diversity and Inclusion Council under the Atlanta Hawks. Rohit earned his BA from Emory University and MA in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he was elected student body president and was a teaching assistant in social entrepreneurship and American politics. Rohit is a self-appointed expert on pizza and hip hop.