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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.  

CITIES

Baltimore

Name: Heather Hudson
Title: Chief Data Officer
Organizational Location: Mayor’s Office of Information Technology
Responsibilities: Key tasks include creating and managing an open data portal and modernizing Baltimore’s CitiStat performance measurement program.
Sample Initiatives:  In addition to Baltimore’s Citistat performance management program, the city created an application, Sheltr, which helps provide homeless services.
Website: http://moit.baltimorecity.gov   
Open data sitehttp://data.baltimorecity.gov/
Performance measurement sitehttp://outcomestat.baltimorecity.gov/

Boston*

Name: Andrew Therriault
Title: Chief Data Officer
Organizational Location: Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT)
Responsibilities:  Boston's CDO will be in charge of the Citywide Analytics Team. The CDO will be in charge of citywide data analytics efforts, working closely across the city to expand the use of analytics and visualization to improve city governance. 
Sample Initiatives: 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. 
Website: http://www.cityofboston.gov/DoIT/
Open data sitehttps://data.cityofboston.gov/
Performance measurement sitehttp://www.cityofboston.gov/cityscore/

Chicago*

Name: Tom Schenk, Jr.
Title: Chief Data Officer
Organizational Location: Department of Innovation and Technology
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: Chicago has released a wide range of data, with more than 600 sets that range from crime to energy use by census block to red-light cameras. The city also has a robust predictive analytics program, which has been used to streamline food inspection processes and enhance rodent baiting efforts, and is currently building a platform that will take on a host of analytics-optimized use cases.
Websitehttp://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/doit.html
Open data sitehttps://data.cityofchicago.org/
Performance measurement sitehttp://www.cityofchicago.org/performance

Kansas City

Name: Eric Roche
Title: Chief Data Officer
Organizational Location: Office of Performance Measurement
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.
Open data sitehttps://data.kcmo.org/
Performance measurement site: https://kcstat.kcmo.org/

Los Angeles*

Name: Lilian P. Coral
Title: Chief Data Officer
Organizational Location: 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:  The city has launched ‘Los Angeles Open Data,’ a one-stop-shop for residents and developers that includes open-source tools and guides in addition to a wide range of municipal data.  Its Fire Department has recently launched PulsePoint, a mobile app designed to increase citizen awareness of cardiac events beyond a traditional “witnessed” area and engage them in potentially life-saving CPR. 
Website: https://data.lacity.org/
Open data sitehttps://data.lacity.org/
Performance measurement sitehttps://performance.lacity.org/

Minneapolis*

Name: Otto Doll
Title: Chief Information Officer
Organizational Location: Information Technology Department
Responsibilities: The CIO leads the Information Technology Department, which is responsible for the city's technology needs. The CIO will help other city departments integrate technology to improve their operations.
Sample Initiatives: Minneapolis launched the Intelligent Operations Platform (IOP), a new, integrative platform to help city departments share data. The platform allows departments to share and collectively analyze data across datasets, which the city struggled with in the past. 
Website: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/it/index.htm
Open data sitehttp://opendata.minneapolismn.gov/

New York City*

Name: Amen Ra Mashariki
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. Another initiative, the 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

New Orleans*

Name: Oliver Wise
Title: Director, Office of Performance and Accountability
Organizational Location: Office of Performance and Accountability
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: 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
Organizational Location: Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation
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. 
Website: www.phila.gov/it/Pages/default.aspx
Open data sitehttp://www.phila.gov/data/

Pittsburgh*

Name: Laura Meixell
Title: Analytics and Strategy Manager
Organizational Location: Department of Innovation and Performance
Responsibilities: Pittsburgh’s Analytics and Strategy Manager oversees the city’s open data program and directs issues of university and intra-municipal collaboration.
Sample Initiatives: Pittsburgh’s CDO has led a variety of data analytics projects, including the development of a regional data center that integrates data from a variety of public sources across agencies in the city and the county.  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

San Diego*

Name: Maksim Pecherskiy
Title: Chief Data Officer
Organizational Location: Performance & Analytics Department
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: The Performance & Analytics Department recently 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://www.sandiego.gov/pad/programs/opendata
Performance measurement sitehttps://www.sandiego.gov/pad/programs/performancemanagement

San Francisco*

Name: Joy Bonaguro
Title: Chief Data Officer
Organizational Location: Mayor's Office
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: 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

Seattle*

Name: Leah Tivoli
Title: Organizational Performance Manager
Organizational Location: Information Technology Department
Responsibilities: The Organizational Performance Manager works to leverage data and analytics to improve accountability and transparency throughout the city. 
Website: http://www.seattle.gov/tech
Open data sitehttps://data.seattle.gov/
Performance measurement sitehttps://performance.seattle.gov/

Washington, D.C.*

Name: Tegene Baharu
Title: Chief Technology Officer
Organizational Location: Office of the Chief Technology Officer 
Responsibilities: DC’s CTO is responsible for the data collection, business analysis, data governance, and data standards of DC’s city government.
Sample Initiatives: Government performance initiative 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.  In addition, 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

STATES

Colorado

Title: Chief Data Officer
Organizational Location: Governor’s Office of Information Technology
Responsibilities: Colorado’s CDO champions the development, adoption, and maintenance of enterprise-wide information architecture across state and local agencies. The CDO also leads and facilitates the creation of data governance principles and best practices, Master Data Management (MDM), data analytics, data quality, data integration, metadata management, and Business Intelligence strategies and policies.
Sample Initiatives: The Colorado Information Marketplace (CIM), a statewide central repository for open data, was built to enhance public consumption of information.
Website: http://oit.state.co.us/
 

Connecticut

Title: Chief Data Officer

Organizational Location: Office of Policy and Management
Responsibilities: The CDO directs, manages, and oversees staff and activities related to the collection, analysis, and dissemination of the State’s enterprise information assets. The CDO is also responsible for overseeing and implementing the state’s new open data portal.
Sample Initiatives: Connecticut’s open data portal, which offers a wide range of data from health to public safety to housing and development, currently has more than 50 datasets.
Website: http://www.ct.gov/opm/site/default.asp

Maryland

Title: Director and Chief Data Officer
Organizational Location: Office of the Secretary, Department of Business and Economic Development
Responsibilities: Set organization-wide data standards, develop policies and practices to guide data information collection and management, and develop and administer CRM, Communities, and back office applications in Salesforce.com
Sample Initiatives: Maryland DBED Data Explorer Web Portal

New Jersey

Title: Chief Performance Officer/Assistant Commissioner of Data, Research, Evaluation and Reporting
Responsibilities: Supervising research programs for the interpretation and analysis of student academic performance data.

Sample Initiatives:  NJSMART, a student database that will provide data for the growth model to be used in the new teacher evaluation system.

New York

Title: Chief Data Officer
Organizational Location: State Office of IT Services
Responsibilities: Oversee the development and operations of New York State’s Open Data initiative and portal, data.ny.gov. Act as principal information management advisor to the State CIO on matters related to data analytics and data exchange. Responsible for maximizing the derivative value of data and defining strategic priorities for the State including
Website: https://www.its.ny.gov/

Utah

Title: Chief Economist in the Office of the Auditor (Big Data Analytics)
Organizational Location: Auditor’s Office
Responsibilities: Focuses on data analytics, builds models and analyzes trends to ensure Utah’s public entities are realistic, effective, and efficient.
Sample Initiatives:  Utah’s initiatives include projects on systematically detecting fraud in administering hundreds of millions of dollars in benefit payments, and redesigning human resource policies around the efficient use and management of sick leave for the state government’s workforce.
Website: http://auditor.utah.gov/

* designates members of our Civic Analytics Network

This list was originally published on 11/7/2015 and has been updated with additional information.

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