Clay Garner is a Technology and Innovation Policy Advisor in the Office of Mayor Sam Liccardo, where he supports strategic technology programs, public-private partnerships, and policies addressing critical civic challenges in San José. He is passionate about improving the effectiveness and equity of vital social services in America. Prior to joining the Mayor's staff, Clay was an Associate Product Marketing Manager in Google's APMM leadership development program. Clay has also consulted on mobile health projects for the United Nations Population Fund and researched security policy for a former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan.
A scholar of Chinese political history by training, Clay was a 2016 Fellow of the Georgetown University Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues, a 2015 Delegate at the Forum for American-Chinese Exchange, and a 2014 Stanford Taiwan Democracy Project Fellow. While still in high school, he achieved widespread acclaim in Greater China as a C-Pop singer and media personality, performing for audiences of millions on TV and the web. He speaks professionally fluent Chinese as well as conversational Spanish and Indonesian.
Clay holds a Master of Global Affairs from Tsinghua University, where he was a Schwarzman Scholar and recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Master's Thesis Award, and a B.A. with Honors and Distinction from Stanford University in East Asian Studies.