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 ActionCenter for American ProgressDecember 15, 2015
Executive Action to Strengthen Background Checks by Addressing High-Volume Gun SellersCenter for American ProgressOctober 15, 2015
The Bureau and the BureauCenter for American ProgressMay 19, 2015
The Law That Will Make a Million George ZimmermansThe Daily BeastJanuary 12, 2015
Assault Weapons RevisitedCenter for American ProgressSeptember 12, 2014
Women Under the GunCenter for American ProgressJune 18, 2014
The Gun Debate 1 Year After NewtownCenter for American ProgressDecember 13, 2013
Infographic: Washington State Is for Background ChecksCenter for American ProgressDecember 11, 2013
License to KillCenter for American ProgressSeptember 17, 2013
Lost and Stolen Guns from Gun DealersCenter for American ProgressJune 18, 2013
Recommendations for Executive Action to Combat Illegal Gun Trafficking and Gun CrimeCenter for American ProgressJune 10, 2013
Preventing Domestic Abusers and Stalkers from Accessing GunsCenter for American ProgressMay 9, 2013
9 Reasons Why Progress on Stronger Gun Laws Is Within ReachCenter for American ProgressMay 7, 2013
America Under the GunCenter for American ProgressApril 2, 2013
What the Public Really Thinks About GunsCenter for American ProgressMarch 27, 2013
Blindfolded, and with One Hand Tied Behind the BackCenter for American ProgressMarch 19, 2013
Infographic: Fixing Gun Background ChecksCenter for American ProgressMarch 4, 2013
Constitutionality of Proposed Firearms LegislationCenter for American ProgressFebruary 12, 2013
Preventing Gun Violence in Our NationCenter for American ProgressJanuary 12, 2013