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As the use of data is growing in government, the need for data leadership is increasing in tandem. This data leadership takes very different forms in different governments, featuring a range of titles, organizational locations, and responsibilities. In an effort to bring some clarity to this field, we have compiled this preliminary list of executive-level data positions across the country. Please contact us to add or revise your city’s information.  

 

Boston

Name: Andrew Therriault
Title: Chief Data Officer
Appointed: May 2016
Organizational Location: Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT), reporting to the Chief Information Officer
Responsibilities:  Boston's CDO leads the Citywide Analytics Team, working across the city to expand the use of analytics and visualization to improve city governance. 
Sample Initiatives:

  • CityScore is an initiative to aggregate key performance metrics into one number that shows how the city is doing.
  • The Knight Foundation-funded Open Data to Open Knowledge is a Boston DoIT partnership with the Public Library to turn Boston's open data collection into a resource that the public can more easily access. 
  • Building Intelligence is a tool to help firefighters access building hazard data en route to emergencies.

Website: https://www.boston.gov/departments/analytics-team
Open Data Sitehttps://data.boston.gov/
Performance Measurement Sitehttps://www.boston.gov/finance/boston-about-results and https://www.boston.gov/cityscore
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Chicago

Name: Tom Schenk, Jr.
Title: Chief Data Officer
Appointed: 2011
Organizational Location: Department of Innovation and Technology, reporting to the Chief Information Officer
Responsibilities: Chicago’s CDO oversees the city’s open data portal, advanced analytics team, and data and business intelligence teams. The CDO also leads Chicago’s strategic use of data to improve operational efficiency and residents’ quality-of-life.
Sample Initiatives

  • OpenGrid: OpenGrid, designed by Schenk’s team and a host of local partners, serves as a geographic information system that presents a unified view of city data, past and present, across a map of Chicago. OpenGrid gives residents the ability to visualize and understand city data to a level far beyond the current data portal, greatly enhancing transparency efforts between the city and public. As on open-source technology, OpenGrid is also a model for cities across the country to replicate as an alternative to standard data portals.
  • SmartData Platform: Chicago’s SmartData Platform, currently in development, is the country’s first municipal open-source predictive analytics platform that will analyze millions of lines of data in real time to help leaders make smarter, faster decisions to help address and prevent problems before they develop. The platform is a winning project for the 2013 Mayors Challenge, a Bloomberg Philanthropies competition to develop solutions to major urban challenges.
  • Food Inspection Analytics: Schenk’s Department of Innovation and Technology team and the Department of Public Health partnered with an Allstate Insurance pro-bono team to develop an analytics-based procedure to enhance food inspections processes. By doing this, Chicago was able to discover critical violations, on average, seven days earlier than with the traditional inspection procedure. 

Websitehttp://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/doit.html
Open Data Sitehttp://opengrid.io/ and https://data.cityofchicago.org/
Performance Measurement Sitehttp://www.cityofchicago.org/performance
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Cincinnati

Name: Brandon Crowley
Title: Chief Data Officer
Appointed: 2014
Organizational Location: Office of Performance and Data Analytics, reports to Chief Performance Officer
Responsibilities: Works with the Office of Performance and Data Analytics to supply data to the Open Data Portal and CincyInsights, the city's new interactive dashboard portal.
Sample Initiatives:

  • CincyStat: modeled after New York City’s CitiStat, a leadership strategy aimed at mobilizing city agencies to produce specific results
  • Open data portal Open Data Cincinnati.
  • CincyInsights: an interactive dashboard portal that makes city data visual, conveniently accessible, and user-friendly for all members of the Cincinnati community. 
  • Performance agreements between city manager and department heads outlining target performance for core services.

Website: http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/manager/opda/
Open Data Site: https://data.cincinnati-oh.gov/
Performance Measurement Site: https://insights.cincinnati-oh.gov/stories/s/City-Departments/72xs-3mfz/
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Kansas City, MO

Name: Eric Roche
Title: Chief Data Officer
Appointed: 2015
Organizational Location: Office of Performance Measurement
Responsibilities: Kansas City’s Chief Data Officer oversees the city’s open data and performance efforts.
Sample Initiatives:

  • OPM spearheaded a comprehensive rewrite of the quarterly Citizen Survey, better aligning questions with department activities and analyzing data to fully leverage the results.
  • KC Streetcar: Smart city corridor with IoT technology, transportation and local service information for residents and visitors, and free WiFi for public use, all built around a new streetcar line.
  • Roche created a data inventory, logging all of the data possessed by each department and thereby allowing the city to prioritize data releases based on key priorities and what can be automated.

Open Data Sitehttps://data.kcmo.org/
Performance Measurement Site: https://kcstat.kcmo.org/
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Los Angeles

Name: Lilian Coral
Title: Chief Data Officer
Appointed: 2013
Organizational Location: Office of Budget and Innovation, reports to Deputy Mayor, Office of Budget and Innovation
Responsibilities: Los Angeles’s CDO works with city departments to collect and analyze data, and leads operations for the city's new open-data portal.
Sample Initiatives:  

  • GeoHub: The map-based portal serves as a foundation to do the work of making smarter cities: It pulls data from many different places and weaves together various perspectives to create the most compelling maps and apps.
  • CleanStat: CleanStat is the nation’s most comprehensive street cleanliness assessment that provides quarterly, block-by-block data to identify trends in street cleanliness. As part of Mayor Eric Garcetti's Clean Streets initiative, the City's Bureau of Sanitation travels over 22,000 miles and gives each block a cleanliness score from 1-3. Using the GeoHub, users can type in their address to learn more about how their streets scored.
  • Vision Zero: Vision Zero data links demographics, the built environment, and health outcomes, serving as a tool to inform transportation safety planning and policy in Los Angeles.
  • Mayor’s Dashboard: A dynamic performance tool used to improve delivery of quality customer services to every resident in Los Angeles and produce the most livable, prosperous, well run and safe city that Angelenos deserve.

Website: https://www.lamayor.org/DataLA
Open Data Sitehttps://data.lacity.org/ and http://geohub.lacity.org/
Performance Measurement Sitehttps://performance.lacity.org/

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Louisville

Name: Michael Schnuerle
Title: Data Officer, Performance Improvement and Innovation
Appointed: 2016
Organizational Location: Reports to Chief of Civic Innovation
Responsibilities: Louisville’s Data Officer is working to use data to improve government performance and transparency, with responsibility for open data, citywide data strategy, and fostering data-driven decision-making.
Sample Initiatives: 

  • LouieStat: Performance management initiative that tracks city progress on 21 city goals and convenes department heads in forums to discuss progress.
  • Crowdsourcing initiatives to gain traffic information, data on internet connectivity speeds, and opinions on pedestrian safety.
  • Nudging initiative to improve parking ticket payment and code compliance.

Open Data Sitehttps://data.louisvilleky.gov/
Performance Measurement site: http://louiestat.louisvilleky.gov/
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Nashville

Name: Robyn Mace
Title: Chief Data Officer
Appointed: 2016
Organizational Location: Information Technology Services Department, reports to Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Responsibilities: Coordinates the implementation, compliance and expansion of the city’s Open Data Executive Order, to facilitate the sharing of information between departments, agency and the public, and initiatives to improve decision-making and management through data analysis.

Sample Initiatives:

  • Work with DSSG to create model that identifies police officers at high risk of having an adverse reaction with a resident.
  • Work with What Works Cities on open data practices and performance management programs.

Website: http://www.nashville.gov/Information-Technology-Services.aspx
Open Data Sitehttps://data.nashville.gov/   
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New York City

Name: TBA
Title: Chief Analytics Officer
Organizational Location: Mayor's Office of Data Analytics
Responsibilities: New York’s Chief Analytics Officer aggregates and analyzes data from across City agencies to more effectively address crime, public safety, and quality of life issues. He or she also uses analytics tools to prioritize risk more strategically, deliver services more efficiently, enforce laws more effectively, and increase transparency.
Sample Initiatives:  

  • DataBridge, a new integrated analytics infrastructure that accesses the wealth of City data, creates a comprehensive and dynamic picture of the City’s environment and operations.
  • FDNY Risk-Based Inspections System, combines data from interviews with veteran firefighters on criteria for dangerous buildings, historical information on fires in recent years, and data from the Departments of City Planning, Buildings, Environmental Protection, and Finance. The system has improved the City’s ability to predict and inspect buildings at risk of serious fires.
     

Website: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/analytics/index.page
Open Data Sitehttp://www.nyc.gov/html/datamine/html/home/home.shtml
Performance Measurement Sitehttps://data.cityofnewyork.us/report/pmmr
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New Orleans

Name: Oliver Wise
Title: Director, Office of Performance and Accountability
Appointed: 2010
Organizational Location: Office of Performance and Accountability, reports to 1st Deputy Mayor, New Orleans Chief Administrative Officer
Responsibilities: In addition to managing the Office of Performance and Accountability, New Orleans’ CDO promotes better city services through data-driven management, decision-making, and accountability for delivering results to citizens.
Sample Initiatives: 

  • Data-driven blight remediation strategies, including the BlightSTAT performance management system, use of nudging to improve compliance, and a decision support scorecard for city employees.
  • Created a portfolio to encourage analytics work in city departments, including presentation tools, an analytics typology, a website, a form for departments to express interest, and sustained programming of departmental engagement. 
  • The city recently optimized its smoke alarm distribution program by identifying neighborhoods most at risk of a fire based on risk profiles.  The predictive analytics algorithm takes into account variables such as detailed housing data and neighborhood demographic characteristics.  The goal of the program is to save lives by the preventive installation of smoke alarms.  

Website: http: //www.nola.gov/performance-and-accountability/
Open Data Sitehttps://data.nola.gov/
Performance Measurement Sitehttps://results.nola.gov/

Philadelphia

Name: Tim Wisniewski
Title: Chief Data Officer
Appointed: 2012
Organizational Location: Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation, reports to Chief Administrative Officer
Responsibilities: The top priority of Philadelphia’s CDO is to further efforts that put data online and make it more accessible, as part of the city’s goal of facilitating transparency and engagement.
Sample Initiatives: 

  • In 2015, Philadelphia’s Chief Data Officer built a Data Services team, acquired and implemented a key open data automation tool for the city, met with 43 local department heads to discuss releasing data, and launched data inventories within 12 of those departments.  In addition to this progress, the city has recently launched the Philadelphia Property Search tool, which allows residents to search and compare property valuation data.  It has also launched the AVI Calculator, which helps residents ensure their real estate tax is fair.
  • Benchmarking open data in order to evaluate and improve the city’s open data offerings.
  • Posting civilian complaints about police officers publicly online in an effort to increase transparency and accountability.
  • Blog that documents the ways residents have used open data in their everyday lives.

Website: www.phila.gov/it/Pages/default.aspx
Open Data Sitehttp://www.phila.gov/data/
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Pittsburgh

Name: Laura Meixell
Title: Assistant Director of Performance Improvement
Appointed: 2014
Organizational Location: Department of Innovation and Performance, reports to Chief Innovation and Performance Officer
Responsibilities: Pittsburgh’s Assistant Director oversees the city’s open data program and directs issues of university and intra-municipal collaboration.
Sample Initiatives:

  • Launched Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center, a regional open data platform.
  • Burgh’s Eye View data visualization platform that allows users to visualize datasets from Pittsburgh’s regional open data platform.
  • Released RFI to replace all of the city’s 40,000 streetlights with smart streetlights possessing IoT functionality and the ability to track air quality, noise, traffic, gunshots and more.
  • In partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, the city of Pittsburgh is working on a variety of data analytics and predictive problem solving projects.

Website:  http://pittsburghpa.gov/innovation-performance/home
Open Data Site: https://data.wprdc.org/organization/city-of-pittsburgh
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San Diego

Name: Maksim Pecherskiy
Title: Chief Data Officer
Appointed: 2014
Organizational Location: Performance & Analytics Department, reports to Director of Performance and Analytics
Responsibilities: The CDO is responsible for implementing the city's new open data initiative called for by the Mayor's One San Diego Transition Advisory Committee.
Sample Initiatives: 

  • Deployed 3,200 IoT sensors for air, traffic, and pedestrian safety monitoring.
  • Open DSD: One of the first cities to release data on all of the city’s properties and code enforcement case activity.  
  • The Performance & Analytics Department teamed up with the Financial Management Department to launch the OpenGov Budget Visualization Tool, a visual and navigable presentation of the City's Fiscal Year 2016 Proposed Budget.

Website: http://www.sandiego.gov/pad/about/index.shtml
Open Data Sitehttps://data.sandiego.gov/
Performance Measurement Sitehttps://www.sandiego.gov/pad/programs/performancemanagement
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San Francisco

Name: Joy Bonaguro
Title: Chief Data Officer
Appointed: 2013
Organizational Location: Mayor's Office, reports to Mayor
Responsibilities: The CDO is working to standardize the city’s data policies across city departments and make the data more user-friendly and accessible. The Chief Data Officer also manages the Data Coordinators in each city department to develop and monitor data efforts, and aims to foster a data enabled policy environment in the pursuit towards increased use of data in decision-making.
Sample Initiatives: 

  • Data Academy that provides data analytics training to city employees.
  • Adopt a Drain mobile application that allows residents to claim drains that they will clean before floods in the city.   
  • Navigation Center that consolidates a number of city resources and gathers data from a number of departments in order to benefit homeless residents.
  • San Francisco’s Stat Starter Kit enables other city departments to continuously improve services through establishing key performance metrics, data feeds and dashboards, and regular management and meeting processes.  The project was led by the City Performance Unit of the Controller’s Office in collaboration with the CDO.

Website: http://datasf.org/
Open Data Sitehttps://data.sfgov.org/
Performance Measurement Sitehttp://sfcontroller.org/san-francisco-performance-program
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San Jose

Name: Erica Garaffo
Title: Data Analytics Lead
Appointed: 2016
Organizational Location: Reports to Deputy City Manager, Office of Civic Innovation and Digital Strategy
Responsibilities: The San José Data Analytics Team (DAT), located within the City Manager’s Office, works with city departments to gain key operational insights, improve operational efficiency, and support excellent, data-driven public service delivery. 
Sample Initiatives:

Website: http://www.sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?nid=5188
Open Data Sitehttps://data.sanjoseca.gov/home   
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Syracuse

Name: Sam Edelstein
Title: Chief Data Officer
Appointed: 2016
Organizational Location: Innovation Team (i-Team) reporting to Director Adria Finch and Mayor Stephanie Miner
Responsibilities: Responsible for analyzing the city's data to help make recommendations for doing more efficient and effective work.
Sample Initiatives:

  • DataCuse open data portal and Open Data Policy developed with Sunlight Foundation up for public comment.
  • Syracuse Business Portal developed with Code for America.
  • Infrastructure work: Piloting sensors on water mains, working with Data Science for Social Good to develop predictive model for water mains, piloting street monitoring system SQUID to assess quality of city roads.

Website: http://www.innovatesyracuse.com/
Open Data Sitehttp://data.syrgov.net/   
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Washington, D.C.

Name: Barney Krucoff
Title: Chief Data Officer
Appointed: 2016
Organizational Location: Office of the Chief Technology Officer, reports to Chief Technology Officer
Responsibilities: DC’s CDO is responsible for the data collection, business analysis, data governance, and data standards of DC’s city government.
Sample Initiatives: 

  • The Lab @ DC conducts low-cost, randomized evaluations in order to monitor the success of programs.
  • Using lidar technology to map the city’s trees.
  • Government performance initiatives include Track DC, which provides performance information on all District agencies, and Grade DC, which reports on resident grading of 15 District agencies, and enables residents to provide continuous input. 
  • DC’s Open Data Catalog is a tool that provides residents with access to city operational data.

Website: http://octo.dc.gov/
Open Data Sitehttp://opendata.dc.gov/
Performance Measurement Sitehttp://dc.gov/trackdc
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Some profile information was drawn from Jane Wiseman’s paper for Data-Smart, “Lessons From Leading CDOs: A Framework for Better Civic Analytics.” This list was originally published on 11/7/2015 and has been updated with additional information.

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