Curtis M. Eatman
City of Schenectady, Innovation and Performance Specialist

Curtis Eatman currently serves as the Innovation and Performance Specialist for the City of Schenectady. In this capacity, he reports to Mayor Gary McCarthy and provides key strategic analysis of Smart City policy, government data analysis and analytics. He advises the Mayor and Council on changing policy in regards to technology, finance and data analytics.

Curtis has five years’ experience in public finance and policy analysis. Prior to being appointed as the Innovation and Performance Specialist, he was appointed to serve as the Deputy Commissioner of Finance for the City. In this role, he managed and maintained the financial accounting systems, supervised various City agencies and assisted in the creation of the City’s budget. Prior to joining the City of Schenectady, he served as a Senior Legislative Fiscal Tax Analyst for the New York State Assembly Ways and Means Committee. In this role, he performed data management and legislative analyses for elected officials and senior staff members. Curtis has also served as a program coordinator for the Paterson Public Schools Department of Family and Community Engagement, where he developed, planned and executed department initiatives focusing on community engagement and empowerment of Paterson’s parents.  

Curtis is passionate about human rights, racial and economic justice and healthcare policy. He also strongly believes in giving back to the community. He demonstrates his passion and commitment to public service by serving on various community commissions and boards. He currently chairs the Schenectady County Human Rights Commission, serves as an appointed trustee for the Schenectady County Public Library, and was recently appointed as a board trustee for Friendship Baptist Church.   

Curtis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Communications and Rhetorical Studies from Syracuse University, where he graduated from the Renee Crown University Honors Program. Additionally, he earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School of Public Policy, where he was a Ronald E. McNair Graduate Fellow, with a specialization in state and local government finance.

A proud native of Paterson, New Jersey, he relocated to the greater Capital Region in 2013.