National leaders in procurement, contracts, and grants. Our leadership team at City Innovate has at least 10+ years of experience in government or technology. What binds us together is a shared belief that government can be a force for good.
Jay Nath is Co-CEO & Founder of City Innovate. Jay created STIR in 2013 while serving as the first Chief Innovation Officer of San Francisco, where he worked for more than a decade. In that role he was named an Obama White House Champion of Change, established the Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation, created the pioneering Civic Bridge program which brings pro bono talent from Google, McKinsey, Harvard Business School and many other organizations to solve critical challenges, and created the Mayor’s Executive Fellowship as part of the Obama Presidential Innovation Fellows program. Prior to public service, Jay was VP of Product at SquareTrade, where he led the strategy for their flagship product leading to their acquisition by Allstate for $1.4B. Before joining SquareTrade, he was a senior consultant at PwC, implementing health care software for Fortune 100 companies.
Kamran Saddique is Co-CEO & Founder of City Innovate. Kamran founded City Innovate in 2014 with a mission to help governments solve problems through collaboration with the private sector. Kamran has been a serial entrepreneur for more than 12 years, on three continents. Previously, he worked in the financial engineering sector with a focus on new technology ventures including smart city initiatives. He served as head of investments to a company owned by one of the royal family members in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Prior to that he was the VP of Private Equity for Convergence Capital in the Dubai International Financial Centre, responsible for closing transactions in real estate, aviation, mining, water desalination, carbon credits, health, education and media. He started his career with Sun Microsystems and holds a Computer Science B.Sc. (Hons) and a Masters of Science in International Finance at Aston Business School.
Marlon Paulo is the Executive Vice President of Professional Services at City Innovate, Inc. With 20 years of experience in government operations, Marlon was formerly the Director of Procurement for Santa Clara County and the Chief Technology Procurement Officer for the State of California. During his tenure at the State, he modernized procurement and improved project delivery. Marlon’s innovative thinking led to a reduced time to acquire, resulting in numerous successful procurements of critical technology in 3 - 4 months. Leveraging a challenge-based approach to procurement, Marlon led the acquisition of several coronavirus-related solutions. The blueprint for his successes in addressing the technology challenges of the pandemic is now being used for large complex information technology projects across the State of California.
Chachi is experienced in leading Product Management teams to design innovative software for government. Prior to joining City Innovate, he served as Co-founder and Chief Product Officer at SeamlessDocs which was acquired in 2020. He has been developing software and building products for more than 20 years for companies like AARP, Make-A-Wish Foundation and prestigious NYC high rises. He is skilled in Web Development, HTML5, User Interface Design and leadership in both startups and established companies. Chachi studied Industrial Design hoping to design furniture until he realized that designing software was more fulfilling. Chachi’s background in software and design offers him a unique perspective to solve complex technical problems with simple practical solutions.
Marc specializes in helping early-stage SaaS companies targeting the public sector with developing the sales infrastructure and repeatable sales motion needed to drive revenue and market share. He has taken multiple SaaS companies from $0 to $20M in ARR. Prior to City Innovate, he was part of the founding team at Seamless Docs (since acquired by Kofile which in turn became part of GovOS) where he built the revenue organization to acquire and retain 500 state and local customers. After that, he led a Series B company to grow from $10M to $25M in ARR. He is excited to be learning more about the ins and outs of procurement, contracts, and grants.
Erik is an entrepreneur at heart–insanely focused on the customer experience– with 20+ years of proven technical execution in software, cloud, storage, SaaS, and mobile apps. His passion lies in building and scaling complex applications while staying close to the voice of the customer—and at the same time maturing the underlying technology (and team) in high-growth companies. Much of Erik's expertise is in high-performance distributed data management, analytics, and storage. He joined City Innovate after seeing firsthand how much effort is required to navigate the procurement process. Erik recognizes that accelerating procurement is a game changer for advancing and modernizing the capabilities of government agencies.
Marcia has served as CEO and CMO to venture-backed startups and founded, ran, and sold two successful marketing agencies: Open Marketing (content marketing) and Miller/Kadanoff (direct and interactive marketing). As part of her agency work, she built and optimized large content sites for Cisco and Knight Ridder, created the first-ever internet advertising campaigns for Blue Shields and Wells Fargo Bank, built out email subscriber lists for Microsoft, and put in place technology infrastructure for startups and established businesses alike. On the client-side, she served in senior management positions at The Clorox Company, Apple Computer, and as a VP of Marketing at Sun Microsystems. Marcia started her career in state government, working for the State of Mass. Department of Public Welfare (DPW). While at DPW, she created and ran the first women in workfare program, training up women to be electricians, plumbers, and construction workers - trades that paid enough to support them and their families.
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