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

Since joining the Mayor's staff, Clay has led the passing of the City’s first Digital Privacy Policy, founded the San José Data Equity program through an initial grant with the Knight Foundation, and spearheaded the Mayor's COVID-19 response through the Silicon Valley Strong platform. 

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.