Clay Garner serves as Deputy Chief Innovation Officer for the City of San José and advisor to Mayor Sam Liccardo.  His portfolio includes COVID-19 response, digital services, public safety, privacy, digital inclusion, and technology partnerships.

Prior to joining the Mayor’s staff, he 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 and Spanish, conversational Indonesian, and is currently learning Japanese.

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.