Jerry encourages the growth of entrepreneurship and innovation in the lives of young people in communities as diverse as New York City, Shanghai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Muscat, New Delhi, Almaty, Barcelona, Porte Alegre and Bogota. He is an author and speaker on innovation, urban technology, smart city design, the future of automation and work, and national security.
Jerry is the CEO and leader of the Global Futures Group, a firm that supports the use of 21st-century technology to create smart cities and to improve the quality of life of urban citizens throughout the world. He also is chair of the New York Academy of Sciences, one of America’s oldest scientific organizations; chair of Educational Housing Services, a non-profit provider of affordable student housing in NYC that recently raised $2 billion in investment capital; and co-founder of Smart Cities NY, a leading urban technology conference.
As a university leader, Jerry was an advocate and architect for programs that increased innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities for his students. Starting in 2005, he was the President of Polytechnic University and led its merger with New York University. From 2000 to 2005, he was dean of the school of technology management at Stevens Institute of Technology, where he organized a major “wargame” on the risk and protection of the ports of New York and New Jersey which resulted in substantial reforms in how the ports are protected against attack.
Jerry served as the Under Secretary of the Navy for President Bill Clinton from 1997 to 2000, where he led Vice President Al Gore’s programs in business innovation. In 2015, he was appointed to the Defense Business Board during the Obama Administration. In 2017, President Obama appointed Jerry as a Commissioner of the ABMC to maintain memorials around the world that honor American soldiers and sailors who died in WWI and WWII.
Jerry is a graduate of Yale Law School, Harvard’s new president program, and Ohio State University.