We procurement

Deep roots in government and the technology sector
Aligned around the belief that government can be a force for good

Jay Nath

Co-CEO & Founder

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

Co-CEO & Founder

Kamran Saddique is Co-CEO & Founder of City Innovate. Kamran founded City Innovate in 2015 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.

Andrew Culver

CTO & Founder

Andrew Culver is Chief Technology Officer & Founder of City Innovate where he manages the development of the technical platforms that help scale City Innovate’s impact. As a long-time software consultant, he has first-hand experience navigating the procurement process of the federal government on the start-up side. He is the creator and lead developer of Bullet Train, the software framework for accelerated development in Ruby on Rails, and his popular open-source work facilitates payments and subscription management in the products of many startups. He previously founded and sold Churn Buster, a startup providing failed payment recovery for subscription-based businesses. During that same period, he was the first developer and later CTO of Borrowed & Blue, a locally-inspired wedding planning marketplace that bootstrapped to nearly $1M in annual recurring revenue before raising $10.1M (including a Series A led by Foundry Group)and went on to be acquired by Zola to power their own wedding inspiration and vendor listing platform.

Susana Benavidez

Chief Strategy Officer

Susana Benavidez is a Stanford Community Impact and City Innovation Fellow and Chief Strategy Officer at City Innovate where she leads advanced technology initiatives around Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning; additionally, she provides leadership to the STIR Labs program. Susana has a B.S. in Computer Science with a focus in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning from Stanford University. She was awarded a VPUE research grant co-sponsored by the Director of the Stanford NLP Group for her Natural Language Processing research which she presented at the Latinx in AI workshop at NeurIPS. She was on the board of Women in CS (WiCS) and the Society of Latinx Engineers and worked at the Haas Center of Public Service and the Clayman Institute. Previously, she was a Business Development Specialist at Latham & Watkins where she led the global strategy for the Technology Transactions & Privacy Group working with markets in Silicon Valley, London, New York, Singapore, and Dubai among others. Originally from Los Angeles, Susana served as a public servant for various departments of the City of LA.

Marcia Kadanoff

Chief Marketing Officer

Marcia Kadanoff comes to City Innovate from the Maker City Project, where she served as CEO & Co-Founder, a social-impact consultancy creating new forms of civic innovation and economic opportunities within cities. As part of this work, she wrote the best selling book entitled: Maker City: A Practical Guide to Reinventing American Cities (2017). Kadanoff has served as CEO and CMO to multiple venture-backed startups, and founded, ran, and sold two successful marketing agencies. Earlier in her career she served in senior leadership positions at both Apple Computer, Sun Microsystems, and 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. She has an MBA from Stanford and BA from Harvard.

Katy Podbielski

Customer Success Manager

Katy Podbielski is the Customer Success Manager of City Innovate. Prior to joining CityInnovate she was canvassing for affordable housing measures in the City of Oakland, assisting a UC Berkeley political science professor on a longitudinal study about national voting behaviors, and supporting local manufacturing businesses and economic development in San Francisco. Katy earned her B.A. from UC Berkeley where she designed her major through the Interdisciplinary Studies program and wrote a senior thesis comparing the origins, philosophy and goals of localist social movements across the U.S., Argentina and Italy.

Adam Pallozzi

Lead Software Engineer

Adam is a full stack developer specializing in Ruby on Rails with experience in PHP, Javascript and other web technologies. Adam is a software developer and musician from Melbourne Australia.  He began his career as a developer building software to help music schools manage students and teachers through an innovative online system.  Adam transitioned into consulting to startup businesses as a software developer and product advisor.  Adam's strengths lie in his ability to speak the languages of both business and software, allowing him to translate business requirements into functional software effectively and accurately.

Corey Griffin

Lead Software Engineer

Corey joins City Innovate as a Lead Software Engineer specializing in JavaScript and Ruby on Rails. Born and raised in Inglewood, CA, he studied Computer Technology at CalState Dominguez Hills and began his career as a digital strategy consultant, working in the music industry - doing everything from photography to marketing websites for Red Bull, Universal Music Group, Sony and more. Over the years, he transitioned into software, developing subscription-based applications as a side hustle, while working for NBC Universal and, later, Vox Media. His wide range of experience in the creative field combined with his technical expertise translates into the ability to create impactful business solutions.

Andrew Ackerman

Software Engineer

Andrew is a full-stack web developer with a particular interest in front-end development. His specialties include Javascript, React, Node, Express and Ruby on Rails. After spending most of his professional life as a carpenter, Andrew decided to translate his making skills into the digital world. He attended the Lambda School where he led teams of students through weekly development sprints using the agile development methodology. As part of his responsibilities he also delivered supplemental lectures on various software engineering topics and reviewed projects providing feedback on how to write tidy and effective code. His passions include hiking, traveling, reading non-fiction and cooking.

Ada Zhou

Associate PM, STIR Labs

Ada Zhou is the STIR Labs Associate Project Manager of City Innovate. She came to City Innovate as a Stanford Community Impact and City Innovation Fellow. She is a member of the Changing Cities Research Lab where she assisted on projects focused on analyzing Bay Area Gentrification and developing an automated method to measure physical conditions in urban spaces. Prior to that, Ada has worked at a financial technology start-up in East Africa in a product development role designing and building the transaction history feature of a mobile money payments app, and at a New York City housing development company in a project management role. Ada studied Product Design and Computer Science at Stanford University where she was a member of the Design for Extreme Affordability and Data Challenge Lab communities.