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Clay Garner



Clay Garner serves as Chief Innovation Officer for the City of San José and Director of the Mayor's Office of Technology and Innovation (MOTI).  His portfolio includes digital services, transportation, public safety, privacy and transparency, digital inclusion, and technology partnerships.

In his tenure with MOTI, Clay helped create and pass multiple initiatives for residents of San José’s including the first citywide Digital Privacy Policy and an online mental health platform OneSJ.org. In partnership with the Knight Foundation, Clay co-founded the San José Data Equity program. Clay also supported the launch of the Helium pilot program, a first-of-its-kind cryptocurrency mining initiative with proceeds that fund the purchase of low-cost internet programs for low-income households. Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Clay drove the Mayor’s digital response through Silicon Valley Strong - an online hub for resident resources and volunteer and mutual aid opportunities.

Prior to his time at San José City Hall, Clay was an Associate Product Marketing Manager in Google’s APMM leadership development program. Clay has also consulted on mobile health projects for the United Nations Population Fund and researched security policy for Karl Eikenberry, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan. He speaks fluent Chinese, Spanish, and conversational Indonesian.

Clay holds a Master of Global Affairs from Tsinghua University, where he was a Schwarzman Scholar and recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award, and a B.A. with Honors and Distinction from Stanford University.