Zachary Tumin  |  Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Zachary Tumin is the Associate Director for Programs in Technology, Networks and Governance at the Ash Institute of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is also the contributing editor, technology, for the Better, Faster, Cheaper site.

Mr. Tumin has served widely in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.  He began his service as a policy analyst for the City of Boston in Mayor Kevin H. White’s Office of Management and Budget. Later, he served as a private consultant on matters of crime and policing to public chief executives such as Robert R. Kiley (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority), Lewis H. Spence (Boston Housing Authority), and Joseph Jordan (Boston Police Department).  Mr. Tumin later served as Special Assistant and chief policy analyst to District Attorney Elizabeth Holtzman of New York, and continued with her upon her election as Comptroller of the City of New York.  Later, he joined the staff of the New York State Organized Crime Task Force where he served as Chief, Information Services Division. He later was the designee of a blue-ribbon panel to lead the Division of School Safety of the New York City Public Schools, where he served two Schools’ Chancellors.

Later, Mr. Tumin served as a contractor to Anderson Consulting.  He continued as a member of the firm of Princeton Consultants, where he provided leadership on engagements in the financial services sector.  In 2001, Mr. Tumin took the leadership of the Financial Services Technology Consortium, working with America’s leading banks and technology companies on complex issues of information security, disaster recovery, and architecture.  In 2006, he returned to Harvard, where he had earlier taken his degrees and served as a research fellow developing and leading executive sessions with industry leaders, to work as Executive Director, Leadership for a Networked World Program.  Mr. Tumin is the author of many reports, white papers, and guidance memoranda. He wrote case studies for Harvard including Connecting Canadians, Social Security on the Web, and others.  Mr. Tumin graduated with a B.A. cum laude (philosophy) from the University of Pennsylvania, and holds Master's degrees in Education, and in Public Policy, from Harvard University.