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Gary Johnson

Director of Strategy & Operations
Gary Johnson is a New York native, raised in East Harlem by a family of dedicated public servants. Gary currently works at the Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer as the Director of Strategy and Operations on the NYCx, industry engagement program for breakthrough and emerging technology. NYCx is the first-ever municipal tech engagement program that calls on industry to develop new technologies that transform public life, spur economic growth, improve service delivery and increase digital access for all New Yorkers. Gary believes that while technology will disrupt the way live, work, and interact – emerging tech will play an important role in unlocking the potential of underserved communities through innovative workforce programming, collaborative community lead program design, and through developing strategic partnerships across the public, private and non-profit sectors; to ensure the opportunities in the tech market are equitable, and individuals are prepared for the jobs of the future. Gary has spent over eight years working in NYC local government to progress economic development policies and programs that support communities where the needs are greatest. Most recently serving as a Policy Advisor at the New York City Mayor's Office of Operations, where Gary managed mayoral, OneNYC initiatives related to homelessness prevention, advancing pedestrian safety policies through Vision Zero, expanding affordable broadband access, and workforce development strategy.