San Jose’s efforts to make government more innovative and responsive to residents are bolstered by its participation in the Project on Municipal Innovation. This initiative brings together more than 40 chiefs of staff from the nation’s largest cities at regular intervals with the goal of supporting adoption of best practices in more places and sparking innovative ideas.

The Project on Municipal Innovation 

We work with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center to convene and support a network of mayoral chiefs of staff and policy leaders who advance transformative change through innovation in city government to improve the lives of residents.

Blog Post Ron Littlefield on Jul 24, 2014

San Jose and Nashville Ask Citizens for Poverty Solutions 

Nashville and San Jose’s vibrant claims to fame can camouflage the reality that many of their citizens are facing poverty, homelessness and income disparity.

Blog Post on Jul 3, 2014

Innovation Needed to Finally Win War on Poverty 

The City Accelerator offers an opportunity for new thinking that could not come at a better time. Six cities – Albuquerque, Denver, Louisville, Nashville, Philadelphia and San Jose – have stepped up…


Municipal Innovation 

Supporting a movement towards local government that is nimble, collaborative and data driven.



Disrupting disparate outcomes in income, wealth, and access to opportunity.


Community Engagement