Arkadi Gerney is the Executive Director of The Hub Project. Previously, Arkadi was senior vice president for campaigns and strategy at the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. In that capacity, Arkadi managed the American Progress advocacy arm and oversaw policy teams focused on gun violence, court reform, and public lands.
Prior to joining American Progress, Arkadi was senior director for policy, partnerships, and public affairs at Opower, a fast-growing software company that works with more than 100 utilities in the United States and across the globe to help their customers to save energy. At Opower, which was recently acquired by Oracle, Arkadi led a team focused on regulatory research, government outreach, and partnerships on matters including utility regulation, energy efficiency incentives, smart grid data, and environmental legislation.
Prior to joining Opower, Arkadi worked as special adviser and first deputy criminal justice coordinator to New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, where he managed Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a national coalition that Mayor Bloomberg co-founded and which has evolved into Everytown for Gun Safety. During four-and-a-half years in the mayor’s office, Arkadi oversaw the coalition’s growth to more than 600 mayors, led successful campaigns to influence federal legislation, partnered with Wal-Mart to develop a landmark gun-seller code of conduct, and led New York City’s undercover investigation of out-of-state gun shows. Arkadi also managed some of the city’s criminal justice programs and helped develop other national coalitions led by Mayor Bloomberg, including the Partnership for a New American Economy and Cities of Service. Before joining the Bloomberg administration, Gerney worked as a litigator at WilmerHale and as a partner in a political consulting firm.
Arkadi received his bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University and a law degree from Harvard Law School. Arkadi is a native New Yorker who now lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and three children.