Our Story

Mayor Edwin M. Lee established the Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation (MOCI) in January 2012 to help make government more collaborative, inventive, and responsive for San Franciscans. The Office of Civic Innovation now lives in the Department of Technology.


Our mission is to support City Departments by introducing new approaches, resources, and technology for Mayoral priorities. We work with City Departments, community partners, and residents to drive impact on some of the City’s biggest challenges.


Our values serve as a compass for our actions and how we engage with our City.


  • LEADERSHIP: The courage to shape a better future

  • COLLABORATION: Leverage collective talent

  • AGILITY: Entrepreneurial and nimble

  • CREATIVITY: Imagination to drive innovation

  • ACCOUNTABLE: Track and evaluate results



Interim Director, Office of Civic Innovation

Amardeep ‘Dee’ Prasad is dedicated to fostering civic innovation by empowering cross-sector partnerships. Before joining the team, Dee was an inaugural staff member with Fuse Corps, helping to launch and scale the nationally recognized civic fellowship program.  She holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Notre Dame de Namur University and is an Alumni of Fresno State's American Humanics Leadership Program. Follow @deebrar

Innovation Fellow

Jane is committed to bringing innovative products, services, and ideas to the public space. Her previous experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors include providing programmatic strategy to grow client engagement, developing user-friendly processes for data management and analysis, and identifying international conflict trends through multi-sourced analysis and research. Jane holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University where she served on the leadership board for women in international affairs, and a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Brown University.

Innovation Fellow

Mathew is driven by a passion to build community and understand people and the societies they develop. He joins San Francisco’s Office of Civic Innovation after working nearly five years with the nonprofit organization Coro Northern California. It was during his time with Coro that he was introduced to human-centered design and the exponential impact it can have when applied through the work of cross-sectoral partnerships. Before working at Coro, Mathew was an intern for the ACLU of California’s Center for Advocacy & Policy. He has also interned with U.S. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo in her Washington, D.C. office. Mathew earned his bachelor degree in Political Science from the University of California, Davis.

Please reload

Office of Civic Innovation Alumni

Innovation is all about people. We are lucky to have had an incredible roster of team members over the years who have brought their innovative skills and passions to public service. We are immensely grateful to Mayor Lee who had the vision to create one of the first innovation offices in city government, Jay Nath whose leadership and persistence charted our course for six years, and Krista Canellakis who led and advanced our office according its values of collaboration and creativity. Our alumni include:
Livesey Pack (2019-2020), Natalie Meyers (2018-2020), Krista Canellakis (2013-2019), Melissa Gordon (2019), Daniel Quon (2018-2019), Ximena Sarango (2017-2018), Daniel Palmer (2017-2018), Conor Kennedy (2016-2018), Jay Nath (2012-2018), Julieta Collart (2016-2017), Mariel Reed (2016-2017),  Jeremy Goldberg (2015-2017), Denise Cheng (2014- 2016), Rayna Gordon-Hellman (2014- 2016), Madeline Hinkamp (2016), Henry Tsai (2016), Ashley Meyers (2015), Rebecca Center Foster (2013-2014), Jake Levitas (2013-2014), Jason Lally (2013-2014), Shannon Spanhake (2011-2014), John Bohman (2014), Hunter Franks (2012-2013), Alex Gudich (2012-2013), Rodrigo Davies (2013), Emily Hong (2013), Monique Woodard (2013), Michal Habdank-Kolaczkowski (2013)