Jose Serrano-McClain brings expertise in urban innovation policy, community economic development, and stakeholder and community engagement to public and private sector projects.
As a leader in the firm’s Inclusive Cities and Urban Tech & Innovation practices, Jose’s work focuses on crafting strategies that address issues of equity and inclusion in the design of next-generation urban services and places, and support re-imagined forms of civic participation. He serves as project manager overseeing development of equitable economic development strategies for a first-of-a-kind urban innovation company, and is supporting design of stakeholder engagement strategies and research around innovative civic engagement models for OneNYC, the city’s master plan of strategic initiatives focused on equity, resiliency, and sustainability.
Prior to joining HR&A, Jose was Program Director of NYCx Co-Labs for the NYC Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer, where he led the creation of an urban innovation R&D program that represented an entirely new approach to 21st century city-making. A transdisciplinary practitioner, his other professional experiences include leading creative community development at the Queens Museum, co-founding two tech startups, and economic policy analysis at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Jose earned his Master of Fine arts from Queens College and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Pennsylvania.