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Jonathan Reichental

Adjunct Faculty
School of Public Policy


Jonathan Reichental is one of America's leading thinkers on the deployment of technology by local governments. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Human Future and former Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Palo Alto. Reichental has taught webinars and certificate programs at Pepperdine including those that explore the art and science of developing and leading a smart city. He teaches future technology tools, leadership mindsets, and encourages innovation in environments not known for experimentation. He has taught courses at the University of San Francisco and University of California, Berkeley, and has created education programs for Linkedin Learning.  Reichental is the recipient of the Thomas H. Muehlenbeck Award for Excellence in Local Government, the Silicon Valley CIO award, and is listed in the top 25 “Doers, Dreamers & Drivers in America.”  He is a popular writer and online host and a frequent public speaker on a range of technology and business-related topics. He co-hosts the popular podcast, Drinking Wine Talking tech and is the co-author of The Apps Challenge Playbook. His research includes digital transformation and the fourth industrial revolution and he is the author of Smart Cities for Dummies (Wiley & Sons, 2020).


  • PhD, Information Systems, Nova Southeastern University
  • MS, Information Systems, Nova Southeastern University
  • BS, Computer Information Systems, University of Tampa
  • BS, Industrial Engineering, Technological University Dublin


  • Smart Technologies
  • Urban Innovation
  • Blockchain Technology
  • Local Government