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.

May 12, 2010

From “Now Wave” to “Next Wave”: Technology and Transformation of Public Service Delivery

Technical innovation is no longer only about efficiency enhancements. It is about realizing the potential for transformative disruptive shifts.
January 7, 2010

Municipal Data Explosion

Government leaders are seeing a nice uptake and adoption of the DC Apps for Democracy paradigm - inviting developers to grab hold of city data...
November 24, 2009

Open Gov Implementation Hits Snags

Just when you thought it was safe to go in the open gov waters, suddenly there are a couple of sharks swimming in the implementation...
October 15, 2009

Breaking Down the Barriers to Sharing Information

NIEM is making its move. The National Information Exchange Model is fast emerging as a key to the domain of cross-boundary information sharing. Having gained...
September 21, 2009

Visualizing Food Safety: Seeing the Linkages in a Networked World

"Light at the mouth of the cave," a senior state food safety executive murmured. He was watching Tim Wormus, an evangelist for Tibco/Spotfire's visualization...
August 24, 2009

New York's HHS-Connect: IT Crosses Boundaries in a Shared-Mission World

New York's HHS-Connect: IT Crosses Boundaries in a Shared-Mission World A new initiative is underway in New York City that will boldly, literally, go where...
August 4, 2009

The 411 on 311: Every Citizen a Sensor

311 is growing up fast. We caught glimpses of 311's powerful future last year in a Harvard report called "311: The Next Wave." 311 stood at the intersection...