The website for Zachary Townsend.

I am interested in technology, statistics, civic innovation, finance and financial technology, cities, positive disruption, running, and books.


I am an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company.

I serve on the San Francisco Symphony Board of Governors. I am also on the Advisory Board to the Berkeley Institute for Young Americans.

I have past government experience as the inaugural Chief Data Officer of California and Senior Technology Policy Advisor to Newark, NJ Mayor Cory Booker.

I am a Y Combinator graduate, who built a banking API business called Standard Treasury and sold it to Silicon Valley Bank. I began my work experience as a civic sector consultant at Bennett Midland.


I have written for McKinsey & Company: Before my current job, my writing has appeared in Financial Times, Slate, American Banker, San Francisco Chronicle, The Mercury News, San Francisco Examiner, TechCrunch, BankInnovation, and more: I use to write on my blog:


Take the first letter of my first name and prepend it to my last name. That's my gmail address.