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Zac Townsend

Hi, I'm Zac Townsend, I work on technology.

Zac is the co-founder of Standard Treasury, a venture-backed business that focuses on simplifying commercial banking for enterprises. Previously, Zac worked at Stripe, a company that makes it easy for software developers to accept credit cards on the web. Before Stripe, he was Senior Technology Policy Adviser to Newark, NJ Mayor Cory Booker, and conducted civic and social sector management consulting as an Associate and Senior Associate at Bennett Midland LLC. His past clients included the NYC Administration of Children's Services, the NYPD, the NYC Mayor's Office, the Atlantic Philanthropies. and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He is a published statistician and a co-founder of DataKind, a not-for-profit that matches pro bono data scientists with other not-for-profits. He received an MPA from NYU's Wagner School of Public Service, where he focused on public financial and statistical methods, and an AB from Brown where he concentrated in Applied Math-Economics and Public Policy.

Zac Townsend's Background

Zac Townsend's Experience

Risk at Stripe

January 2013 - April 2013

Senior Technology Policy Adviser at City of Newark

July 2012 - December 2012

I served as a privately funded consultant to the Brick City Development Corporation, and was in turn seconded to serve as Senior Technology Policy Adviser and Mayor's Office Fellow at Newark's City Hall. There I supported and advised senior staff and Mayor Cory Booker in the areas of information technology, government innovation, citizen engagement, performance management, data analysis, and predictive analytics. If it had to do with technology but was not social media, I worked on it. My work had five primary parts: 1) Citizen engagement and digital inclusion (external facing); 2) Using technology to increase efficiency and effectiveness within city government (internal facing); 3) Opening data, increasing data transparency, using predictive analytics, and supporting Citistat; 4) Attracting high tech businesses and incubator spaces; and, 5) Managing strategic partnerships around technology, innovation, and data use.

Research Affiliate at Center for the Promotion of Research Involving Innovative Statistical Methodology (PRIISM), NYU

April 2011 - December 2012

I did research with Marc Scott and Jennifer Hill, the Directors of PRIISM, around causal inference, multi-level models, sensitivity analysis, and other statistical topics. I am an author on a chapter "The Choice Between Random and Fixed Effects" in the forthcoming Sage Handbook of Multilevel Modeling, and worked on a number of other projects and papers.

Member, New York City Advisory Board at The New Leaders Council

January 2011 - December 2012

Fellow (2011), Recruitment Chair (2011-2012)

Partner at Blueline Campaigns

April 2010 - December 2012

A full-service political consulting firm with particular expertise in strategic advice and campaign management, new and social media, policy, and field organizing. I focused my efforts on data management, microtargeting, and New York City outreach.

Senior Associate (2011-2012), Associate (2009-2011) at Bennett Midland

July 2009 - June 2012

Served as day-to-day project manager on several engagements, including a detailed analysis of the arrest-to-arraignment process in New York City for the Mayor's Office (Criminal Justice Coordinator and Deputy Mayor of Operations), and a holistic workload and staffing analysis for the Division of Child Protection at the Administration for Children's Services. Worked with public agencies, not-for-profits, and other civic organizations to solve operational problems, assist with the development and implementation of new programs, develop information systems, and advance management strategy. Clients included MacArthur Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies, Vera Institute for Justice, Administration of Children's Services, City University of New York (CUNY), and TransitCenter.

Co-Founder and Executive Director at DataKind

January 2012 - April 2012

Data Without Borders (now DataKind) brings together leading data scientists with high impact social organizations through a comprehensive, collaborative approach. I co-wrote the organizations first strategic plan and executed a fundraising plan before leaving organization after it was on firm footing.

Co-Chair at Rhode Island Coalition Against Human Trafficking

December 2006 - November 2007

Elected co-chair of anti-human trafficking coalition made up of not-for-profits and citizens.

Co-Coordinator of Rhode Island State Chapter at Polaris Project

April 2006 - November 2007

Organized Rhode Islanders around anti-human trafficking laws, lobbied elected officials and state legislature, formed victim assistance network, provided technical assistance to Rhode Island law enforcement, and raised public awareness through speeches, events and press.

Vice President at Elan Design + Development

2004 - 2007

Provided strategic consulting, communications, and application development to a client list of more than 50 other professional services firms, non-profits, and political campaigns.

Co-Founder at Standard Treasury

May 2013

Financial back office as a service. Our first product helps companies manage cash and cash equivalents seamlessly, programmatically, and automatically.

Co-Founder and General Partner at Deciens Capital

July 2012

Deciens Capital is a micro venture capital firm that focuses on making angel and seed investments. We have one fund and make 25-50k investments. We focus our investments in online-to-offline offerings and financial technology. Our investments: Fuze Network ( Tendertree ( SponsorHub ( Keychain Logistics ( True Link Financial ( wevorce (

Zac Townsend's Education

New York University

2010 – 2012


Brown University

2004 – 2009


Concentration: Applied Math-Economics and Public Policy

Communications High School

2000 – 2004

High School Dipoma

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