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.

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.


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.