Building the San José of tomorrow

The Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation (MOTI) leverages the ingenuity of Silicon Valley to improve San Joséans’ livelihoods, access to opportunities, and city experience. 

With Mayor Sam Liccardo’s Smart City Vision for San José, MOTI has been a national leader in bringing equity and inclusion to technology since 2016 – pioneering public-private partnerships to digitally connect over 300,000 residents by the end of 2022, launching a first-of-its-kind cryptocurrency mining initiative on the Helium network with proceeds that fund internet access for low-income households, and driving the integration of autonomous transportation and delivery. MOTI successfully passed San José’s first Citywide Digital Privacy Policy in 2020 and the first Open Data Policy in 2016  – balancing technology innovation with best-in-class data protection and transparency practices. Serving as a bridge between Silicon Valley and San José communities, MOTI has connected hundreds of local entrepreneurs and STEM students to resources through Unleash Your Geek, Mayor Liccardo’s civic challenge accelerator, and the Digital Action Corps.



Clay Garner
Chief Innovation Officer,
Director of MOTI
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Sophia Lugo
Technology & Innovation Policy Advisor
Stephen Caines, Esq.
Deputy Chief Innovation Officer, Senior Advisor
Christine Keung
Senior Tech Policy Advisor, Harvard Business School Leadership Fellow