Shireen Santosham

Chief Innovation Officer

City of San Jose, CA 

Shireen Santosham is the Chief Innovation Officer for Mayor Sam Liccardo where she leads efforts to make San Jose the most innovative city in America by 2020.  She has a passion for using technology to broaden opportunity and improve the lives of everyone in the city—especially for San Jose’s youth. Previously, she worked at the GSMA where she was a Director in the Mobile for Development group that aimed to close the digital divide for base of the pyramid populations in the developing world through mobile technology and the internet. She has extensive experience working on innovative initiatives across sectors, including working at McKinsey & Company, with international NGOs, and as an impact investor at Vulcan Capital.  Shireen holds a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, an M.P.A. from Harvard Kennedy School, and a B.S. and B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.  She is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Global Governance Futures Fellow at the Robert Bosch Foundation.