Benny Lee

County of San Mateo, CA: Director SMC Public Wi-Fi Program

Benny Lee over 20 years of technology experience covering systems architecture, process design and business intelligence before moving into local government several years ago. Currently, he is the Director of SMC Public Wi-Fi Program under SMC Labs for the County of San Mateo covering civic innovation projects. Under his leadership, the County of San Mateo has expanded to over 100 free Public Wi-Fi sites with about a million hours of online usage monthly. His work has expanded as a result of Shelter In Place requirements to maintain Public Health as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic where the digital divide has become much more evident.

His other work includes Federal Advocacy, NIST Global Cities Team Challenge (GCTC) for Wireless Superclusters. He also serves as an advisor for the NIST GCTC Cybersecurity Privacy Advisory Committee, the NIST GCTC Smart Buildings Supercluster and serves as co-chair to the NIST GCTC Data Supercluster.

Benny was elected to San Leandro City Council in 2012 and re-elected in 2016. He’s focused on fiscal sustainability, solving social challenges and is driven towards smart civic technologies innovation and usage that ties it all together. He serves and advises on multiple national boards, councils and organizations focused on civic engagement in political affairs.

Benny is happily married to his lovely wife Rose. His son Austin works in the tech industry while pursuing his post-graduate degree in Data Science.