Expertise: Crime, gun policy, data innovation, data privacy, criminal justice
Arkadi Gerney is a Senior Fellow at American Progress. Gerney’s work focuses on crime, gun policy, immigration, data innovation, and data privacy.
Prior to joining American Progress, Gerney was senior director for policy, partnerships, and public affairs at Opower, a fast-growing software company that works with more than 75 utilities in the United States and across the globe to improve the effectiveness of their energy-efficiency portfolios and motivate their customers to save energy. Gerney led a team focused on regulatory research, government outreach, and partnerships on matters including utility regulation, energy efficiency incentives, smart grid data, and environmental legislation. Gerney also oversaw Opower’s data access and data privacy strategy, including the company’s efforts around the White House “Green Button” standard and the development of Opower’s data privacy code of conduct.
Prior to joining Opower, Gerney worked as special advisor and first deputy criminal justice coordinator to New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, where he managed Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a national coalition that Mayor Bloomberg co-chairs. During four and a half years in the mayor’s office, Gerney oversaw the coalition’s growth to more than 600 mayors, led successful campaigns to influence federal legislation, partnered with Wal-Mart to develop a landmark gun-seller code of conduct, and led New York City’s undercover investigation of out-of-state gun shows. Gerney also managed some of the city’s criminal justice programs, including the launch of a citywide Financial Crimes Task Force and efforts to digitalize the criminal court arraignment process. In addition, Gerney helped develop other national coalitions led by Mayor Bloomberg, including the Partnership for a New American Economy and Cities of Service.
Before joining the Bloomberg administration, Gerney worked as a litigator at WilmerHale and as a partner in a political consulting firm.
Gerney received his bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard College and a law degree from Harvard Law School. Gerney is a native New Yorker who now lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and two children.
By Arkadi Gerney
|Framework for Action||Center for American Progress||December 15, 2015|
|Executive Action to Strengthen Background Checks by Addressing High-Volume Gun Sellers||Center for American Progress||October 15, 2015|
|The Bureau and the Bureau||Center for American Progress||May 19, 2015|
|The Law That Will Make a Million George Zimmermans||The Daily Beast||January 12, 2015|
|Assault Weapons Revisited||Center for American Progress||September 12, 2014|
|Women Under the Gun||Center for American Progress||June 18, 2014|
|The Gun Debate 1 Year After Newtown||Center for American Progress||December 13, 2013|
|Infographic: Washington State Is for Background Checks||Center for American Progress||December 11, 2013|
|License to Kill||Center for American Progress||September 17, 2013|
|Lost and Stolen Guns from Gun Dealers||Center for American Progress||June 18, 2013|
|Recommendations for Executive Action to Combat Illegal Gun Trafficking and Gun Crime||Center for American Progress||June 10, 2013|
|Preventing Domestic Abusers and Stalkers from Accessing Guns||Center for American Progress||May 9, 2013|
|9 Reasons Why Progress on Stronger Gun Laws Is Within Reach||Center for American Progress||May 7, 2013|
|America Under the Gun||Center for American Progress||April 2, 2013|
|What the Public Really Thinks About Guns||Center for American Progress||March 27, 2013|
|Blindfolded, and with One Hand Tied Behind the Back||Center for American Progress||March 19, 2013|
|Infographic: Fixing Gun Background Checks||Center for American Progress||March 4, 2013|
|Constitutionality of Proposed Firearms Legislation||Center for American Progress||February 12, 2013|
|Preventing Gun Violence in Our Nation||Center for American Progress||January 12, 2013|