Kip Harkness works as the Deputy City Manager for the City of San Jose. Prior to to his role with the city, he was with PayPal, where he served as Director of Technology Engagement for the past three years. In that role he led the company’s global technology leadership program to strategically develop PayPal’s next generation of international leaders. Prior to that he served 15 years in a range of roles at the City of San Jose and its Redevelopment Agency. For 10 years he led the city’s Strong Neighborhoods Initiative that restructured how departments collaborated with residents and improved service delivery to meet pressing neighborhood priorities. Kip also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chad, and as an education consultant with the World Bank. He is a graduate of Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and international affairs, and a master’s in urban planning.