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.