Youssef Kalad
New York City Mayor's Office of the CTO, Program Director

Youssef Kalad serves the City of New York as Program Director of NYCx, the emerging technology & innovation program within the Mayor's Office of the Chief Technology Officer. In this role Youssef splits his time between policy and hands-on operations, advising senior staff on a wide range of technology policy issues and designing practical citywide experiments to deploy and test emerging technology with the potential to deliver one major City priorities. His focus areas have spanned automation & the future of work, transportation, new mobility & autonomous vehicles, clean energy infrastructure, universal broadband, and Census engagement, among others. Prior to local government, Youssef served stints at Google and Uber, leading initiatives in strategy & operations, product planning, and rigorous experimentation while spending time abroad in India and Canada. Youssef began his career at Treacy & Company, a boutique management consultancy focused on growth, where he led small teams of analysts to advise large global clients on how to test new concepts and quickly scale successful ones into fully-fledged business units.

Youssef is passionate about expanding access to high-quality education, mentorship, and professional development to underserved students of color. He has been a Member of or served on the Advisory Board of various organizations in that space, including Questbridge, Year Up, Citizen Schools, and the World Economic Forum Global Shapers.

Under the US government’s Diversity Immigrant Lottery Visa program, Youssef immigrated to Jersey City, NJ from Egypt along with his sister and parents, who traded stable working class teaching careers for long hours in the service sector to secure a better future for their kids. He received a full scholarship to attend the University of Chicago, where he earned a degree in Public Policy Analysis and served as Student Government President. Beyond government & emerging technology, he enjoys talking basketball, BBQ, and hip-hop.