Youssef Kalad

NLC New York City '19 Alumnus
State Smart Cities Director, Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

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Youssef Kalad is an immigrant, New Yorker, and public servant. He currently serves in the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s Office of New York as State Smart Cities Director. In this role, he splits his time between policy and hands-on operations, leading 10 statewide infrastructure projects supporting cities as they improve government operations through technology, advising senior staff and authoring legislation on key technology policy issues, and supporting execution and operations across a $2B+ agency portfolio. Most recently, Youssef led the New York State COVID-19 Tech SWAT Team, a public-private partnership marshalling millions of dollars in private donations and tens of thousands of hours of technical support for the State’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. Youssef previously served in the New York City Mayor’s Office as inaugural Program Director of NYCx, the city’s emerging technology & innovation program to deploy and test new technologies that deliver on major City priorities, notably clean energy, broadband, and cybersecurity.


Youssef began his career in the private sector, serving stints at Uber, Google, and a boutique management consultancy, leading initiatives in strategy & operations, product planning, and rigorous experimentation while spending time abroad in India and Canada. Youssef is passionate about helping his neighbors, serving on his local Community Board in Manhattan with a focus on supporting small businesses and advocating for greater access to biking, walking, and public transit. He’s a proud 2019 NLC NYC grad and excited to serve as Communications Chair from 2020-21. While he grew up in Jersey City, Youssef immigrated to the United States from Egypt along with his younger 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.

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