Abhi Nemani

Abhi Nemani is a government technology entrepreneur, scholar, and public servant — founding, building, and leading many of the most influential GovTech institutions over the last 15 years, including the City of Sacramento's Innovation & Growth Fund, Los Angeles Mayor's of Los Office of Data, and Code for America. As Senior Vice President of Product Strategy at Euna Solutions, he supports the growth of Euna's portfolio of public administration and financial products to better serve its growing network of 2,000+ public sector organizations across North America. Abhi is also a visiting scholar at the Rose Institute of State & Local Government and a board member of Leading Cities, a global sustainability accelerator.

In the past, Nemani helped launch and scale the internationally recognized nonprofit, Code for America, which jumpstarted innovation in dozens of local governments and served as a model for the Obama White House’s innovation strategy. In 2014, Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Nemani as the City of Los Angeles’ first Chief Data Officer, and in that role, he drove the city’s performance management and transparency initiatives, garnering international recognition for Los Angeles as the top data and digital city. Nemani later served as the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Sacramento, building the Office of Entreprenuership to adapt economic development strategies for the digital economy. In 2018, he was selected to Co-Chair the Tech & Innovation Platform Committee for Governor Newsom’s first gubernatorial campaign.

As an researcher and investor, Nemani regularly consults with major foundations, private equity, and governments on technology investments and policy, and he has developed civic innovation curriculum for the University of Chicago Computational Analysis and Public Policy program and the World Bank. In addition to executive credentials from Stanford (eMBA) and Wharton (AFP), Nemani holds a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the USC Price School of Public Policy.

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Abhi Nemani is a government technology advisor, educator, and operator, who has built and led Code for America, the Mayor of Los Angeles' Office of Data & Analytics, and Sacramento's Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

He currently runs a government technology consultancy called EthosLabs.us to scale up public innovation through scalable GovTech startups through hands-on consulting, advising, and investing. EthosLabs.us' portfolio includes multiple exits and has collectively helped over 2,000 governments and roughly 200M+ people.

Previously, Mayor Kevin Johnson of Sacramento appointed him as interim Chief Innovation Officer to build out the city's budding startup sector, through venture investments, grants, and partnerships. Before that, he served as the first Chief Data Officer for the City of Los Angeles, where he led the city's efforts to build an open and data-driven LA. As CDO, Abhi led Los Angeles to the #1 ranking for US open data cities and mobilized LA's growing developer community through multiple events and challenges to put that data to work. To drive innovation within city hall, Abhi built a nationally-recognized Mayoral Dashboard, led data and analytics trainings for city staff, and piloted data science projects to address key policy issues.

Prior to joining LA's Mayors Office, he helped build, launch, and run the national non-profit, Code for America, a technology organization dedicated to reinventing government for the 21st century. Abhi led CfA’s product strategy as its teams tackled local government challenges ranging from transparency and business licensing to food stamps and public safety. He also led the organization's efforts to scale through building multiple new programs: a first-of-its-kind civic startup accelerator, an international volunteer corps, and a collaborative network for hundreds of government innovators. Additionally, Abhi developed the organization’s policy portfolio — working hand-in-hand with area experts and local leaders — to enact over 30 municipal policy reforms on topics including open data, healthcare, and procurement.

Abhi has also worked with various philanthropies including the Knight Foundation and the Arnold Foundation. He is also an advisor and investor in multiple govtech startups, including CityGrows, SPIDR Tech, GovDelivery, ZenCity, and POLCO.

Abhi is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College with Honors in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE), the Stanford University Graduate School of Business (eMBA), The USC Price School (MPA), and the Wharton School (AFP). In the past, Abhi has taught civic technology at the University of Chicago. Abhi's work has been featured in the New York Times, Government Technology, Government Executive, and Forbes, and he has been featured as a speaker at SxSW, the World Bank, and various universities and conferences around the world.

Individual Honors & Acknowledgements

  • Blair Award for State and Local Government
  • Truman National Security Project Partner
  • Harrison Fellow, Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom in the Modern World
  • Edward J. Sexton Fellow for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
  • Board of Advisors, Twilio.org
  • Member, Future of Urban Development Initiative of the World Economic Forum

Recognition & Honors for Code for America

  • Government Technology Magazine: Changemakers
  • 2012 MDC Partners & Wired Humanitarian Award
  • MIT Lynch Award for Urban Affairs
  • 2012 Oxford Internet and Society Award
  • White House Champions of Change
  • Multiple Knight News Challenge Selections