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Jay Nath

Chief Innovation Officer at Office of the Mayor, San Francisco


As the Mayor's Chief Innovation Officer for San Francisco and White House Champion of Change, Jay Nath works with the tech community and the public to help make government more effective, efficient, and responsive. Jay applies modern, agile thinking to government administration, focusing on "lean government" as a platform for innovation. Under his leadership, the Mayor's Office of Civic Innovation launched the first of its kind Startup in Residence program in collaboration with the White House, offering an on-premises incubator at City Hall, meant to apply startup ingenuity directly to pain points within government itself. Inspired by the Presidential Innovation Fellows, Nath created the Mayor's Senior Fellowship program where cross-sector leaders spend one year in City Hall working on high impact projects. He also established the nation's first open source software policy for a city government and authored open data legislation that requires City departments to make nearly all non-confidential datasets available to the public, mandated department-level data coordinators, and created a chief data officer position for the city. Prior to public service, Narth worked at a San Francisco startup as a VP of product and at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a senior consultant.

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