Team

With deep roots in government and the technology sector, our team is aligned around the belief that government can be a force for good.

These are the people behind City Innovate.

Jay Nath

Co-CEO

Jay Nath is Co-CEO of City Innovate. Jay created STIR 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 byAllstate for $1.4B. Before joining SquareTrade, he was a senior consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, implementing health care software for enterprise customers.

Kamran Saddique

Co-CEO

Kamran Saddique is Co-CEO 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 inInternational Finance at Aston Business School.

Kaitlin Podbielski

Customer Success Manager

Katy Podbielski is the Customer Success Manager of City Innovate. Katy herself is dedicated to understanding the factors that influence how decisions in cities are made, so she can work with others to evolve communities into equitable and sustainable spaces. Katy has worked for different organizations in the private, academic, nonprofit and public sectors. Prior to joining CityInnovate she was canvassing for affordable housing measures in the City ofOakland, assisting a UC Berkeley political science professor on a longitudinal study about voting behavior, 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.

Andrew Culver

Chief Technology Officer

Andrew Culver is Chief Technology Officer 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.

Bill Mitchel

Executive Vice President, Accelerator

Bill Mitchel is Executive VP of Business Development at City Innovate. Bill joinedCity Innovate in early 2019. He is a software industry veteran with expertise in launching new markets for software and assembling partner ecosystems from scratch. Experienced in enterprise solutions with 15 years at Microsoft in global business development spanning industry, sustainability and public sector. Bill was on the vanguard of smart cities effort forging strategy and key relationships in both smart buildings and transportation markets. Hands on sales leadership at Autodesk, directing Americas sales team in dramatic growth of 3D Design solutions business. Bill has also been on the leadership/founding teams for 4different startups over his career both commercial and non-profit. MBA, Santa Clara University.