Jay Nath

Interior of San Francisco City Hall


As the Mayor’s Chief Innovation Officer for San Francisco and White House Champion of Change under President Obama, Jay Nath works with the community to help make government more effective, equitable, 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.

To create a more collaborative government, Nath established Civic Bridge which recruits private sector professionals to volunteer 16 weeks of their time to work alongside government employees on critical City issues. Pro-bono, private-sector support can increase the City’s capacity to identify and analyze pain points, provide agile and iterative solutions, as well as increase interest in cross-sector collaborations.

Nath launched Superpublic the first of its kind collaboration space for government, where federal, state, and city government come together with academia and the private sector to address policy and regulatory issues. Superpublic was launched in May 2016 by the Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation and the General General Services Administration under the leadership of the non-profit City Innovate Foundation.

He has helped make a more responsive government by leading the creation of City's Business Portal and supported the development of an affordable housing portal.

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, mandates department-level data coordinators, and creates a chief data officer position for the City. Prior to public service, Nath worked at a San Francisco startup as a VP of product and at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a senior consultant.

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