By Data-Smart City Solutions • January 2, 2017

Established with the support of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the Civic Analytics Network is a new national peer network of urban Chief Data Officers (CDOs). The Civic Analytics Network will collaborate on shared projects that advance the use of data visualization and predictive analytics in solving important urban problems related to economic opportunity, poverty reduction, and addressing the root causes of social problems.

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Joy Bonaguro, San Francisco, CA

Joy Bonaguro is the first Chief Data Officer for the City and County of San Francisco, where she manages the City’s open data program. Joy has spent more than a decade working at the nexus of public policy, data, and technology. She worked from the birth of the open data and open government field, spending seven years designing and managing the development of information systems to support planning and decision-making at the Greater New Orleans Community Data. Prior to joining the City, Joy worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to help develop technology, cyber and privacy policy working closely with both the National Lab CIO Council and the Department of Energy Information Management Advisory Group. Joy earned her Masters from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, where she focused on IT policy.

Scott Cardenas, Denver, CO

Scott Cardenas

Scott Cardenas is the Chief Information Officer for the City and County of Denver.

Scott is an innovative leader with experience in developing strong teams that achieve desired results.  He has an extensive history of managing complex large-scale projects and diverse teams and creates bottom line financial impacts through standardizing systems and operations for reliability and efficiency. Scott translates multipart goals into succinctly designed plans while developing informed client relationships resulting in effective deliverables and successful projects.   Having experience in construction and engineering, healthcare, financial, telecommunications, aviation and government arenas, Scott possesses a strong ability to communicate effectively with all business partners.

Lilian Coral, Los Angeles, CA

A native of Cali, Colombia, Lilian emigrated to the United States with her Mother in the early 1980s. Raised and educated in Southern California, she has bachelors' degrees in International Studies and Drama from UC Irvine and a Master’s in Public Policy from UCLA. She currently serves as the Chief Data Officer for the City of Los Angeles, in the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti. Coral works to support data-driven decision-making at the highest levels of government, and innovation and creativity in solving LA's most intractable challenges.

Prior to joining Mayor Garcetti's office, she helped develop 2-1-1 California, the alliance of 2-1-1 information and referral providers in California. 2-1-1 is a free phone number and online database that connects Californians quickly and effectively to health and human service programs in their communities.

Brandon Crowley, Cincinnati, OH

Brandon Crowley

As Chief Data Officer for the City of Cincinnati, Brandon works at the nexus of public policy, data analysis, and technology development and optimization. He has been using his technological knowledge and expertise to solve complex city problems for more than 16 years. Brandon established and managed the development of the City’s enterprise data warehouse, which provides business intelligence capability through centralized access to Department data.

As part of this work, Brandon also leads the City’s Open Data program by collaborating with departments to improve the accessibility, timely release, and overall quality of public data sets. In his role with the City, Brandon works closely with executive leadership to optimize the City’s IT infrastructure investments while facilitating innovation in digital government. Brandon graduated from Kentucky State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.

Erin Dalton, Allegheny County, PA

As Deputy Director for the Office of Data Analysis, Research and Evaluation, Erin Dalton is responsible for directing the research and evaluation activities of the Department of Human Services. Ms. Dalton has held policy positions with the Allegheny County Executive's Office and the United States Department of Justice. She is an adjunct staff member at the RAND Corporation and is an appointee to the Pittsburgh Civilian Police Review Board and the Allegheny County Juvenile Detention Board of Advisors. Ms. Dalton received a Master's of Science from Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz School of Public Policy and a Bachelor's degree in economics and criminal justice from American University.

Joanne Foerster, Allegheny County, PA

As CountyStat Manager since May, 2015, Joanne Foerster is leading the implementation of the County’s performance measurement and management initiative, as well as the County’s open data initiative. Joanne has 24 years of experience in investment banking, financial consulting, program management, and local government. As a public finance investment banker and consultant, she managed more than $200 million in debt financing transactions for her municipal, school district, and non-profit clients. While Assistant Commissioner for the City of Chicago Department of Housing from 1993 to 1997, she managed a variety of programs to assist homeowners, homebuyers and developers of affordable housing. Joanne led the implementation of the CitiStat performance measurement and management system for the City of Pittsburgh from 1999 to 2005 during the administration of Mayor Tom Murphy. And immediately prior to accepting her current role in County government, Joanne was Mentoring Coordinator for Chatham University’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship.

Joanne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science degree in Public Policy and Management from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University.

Joanne is a volunteer in school enrichment programs and fundraising, scouting, and conservation endeavors. She and her husband and two children live in the Highland Park neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

Erica Garaffo, San Jose, CA

Erica Garaffo

Erica currently serves as the Data Analytics Lead for the Office of Civic Innovation and Digital Strategy for the City of San Jose. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master’s in Public Policy from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Erica works to improve City services in a manner that is customer focused, agile, iterative and data driven. Erica is also the leader of the Data Champions, a monthly tech talk series for City employees to gather, learn new skills, discuss cool projects, and network with fellow data enthusiasts.
On weekends, you can find Erica working on her organic farm where she lives with her family in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Santiago Garces, South Bend, IN

Santiago Garces

Santiago Garces is the Chief Innovation Officer of the City of South Bend, Indiana. Mr. Garces started the Office in January of 2015. The Office of Innovation improves the efficiency and effectiveness of municipal services by developing talent, optimizing processes, and designing technology solutions. 

Some of the projects that the Office has implemented include a data framework to evaluate policies like the city’s Vacant and Abandoned Properties initiative; an actionable report that engages residents using municipal route, fleet, and dispatch optimization for public safety and municipal services. Overall the Office has identified and commenced implementations of projects that should save taxpayers over $11 million dollars.

Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Mr. Garces holds degrees in Electrical Engineering, Political Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship from the University of Notre Dame. 

Alan Howze, Kansas City, KS

Alan Howze

Alan Howze is working to advance innovation, open government, and operational improvement as the Chief Knowledge Officer of the Unified Government. As CKO, Alan leads the Information Technology, 311 call center, and Geospatial Services departments - bringing together analytic and data management capabilities to make a smarter government. He also works across departments to implement an open data plan that makes meaningful data available to the public and that helps residents, businesses, and nonprofit organizations address community challenges.

Prior to joining the Unified Government, Alan was a Fellow with the IBM Center for the Business of Government where he focused on research designed to promote effective government management at the Federal, State and Local level. Alan served as Communications Leader for the IBM Global Business Services North America Public Sector and Consulting Services business units.

Mr. Howze has helped federal, state, and local government clients use innovation to drive improved performance and lower costs, and supported development of strategic initiatives such as smarter cities, mobility, analytics, and cloud. He has contributed to thought leadership in innovation, performance management, benchmarking, and smarter government.

Eero Kilkson, Minneapolis, MN

Eero Kilkson

As the Director of Business Intelligence and Data Services (BIDS) for the City of Minneapolis, Eero Kilkson has gathered a team of skilled analysts and data scientists that bring data to life for the business. BIDS works with the City departments from data design, stewardship, and master data management through to analytics and presentation. Eero and his team not only provide the answers to the questions, but teach the business to use the tool set to dig deeper into analytics that will assist in decision making and planning. Helping to lead the charge for the City’s Open Data portal, he is a champion of making data and dynamic, interactive visualizations available to the public.

Barney Krucoff, Washington, D.C.

A native Washingtonian, father of two and ultimate frisbee coach, Barney Krucoff also has a huge role at the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO). He is the man behind all of DC’s data.

In January 2016, Mayor Muriel Bowser with DC Chief Technology Officer Archana Vemulapalli announced a renewed focus on opening the District’s data. This initiative modernize and significantly expand the District’s central data catalog allowing the public, media, entrepreneurs and academics greater access to data, from information on traffic patterns to invaluable health statistics. The effort also called for the hiring a new Chief Data Officer. To Barney, the CDO’s mission is to make more data public and improve data flow between DC Government agencies and doing so while setting clear rules and goals and helping to facilitate sharing and people connections.

Barney will lead a team of about 26 made up of teams that traditionally worked together in an unofficial capacity.  The reorganization of the Business Intelligence, Geographic Information System (GIS), and the Citywide Data Warehouse was done to compliment the converging of tools and software. Barney first joined OCTO in 2004 with the GIS team. He left for a period to work with the State of Maryland in similar roles prior to returning to OCTO as Chief Data Officer in June 2016. His resume also includes roles with the National Capital Planning Commission, a civil engineering company, and in the private sector doing mapping and planning work. While earning his graduate degree in City Planning at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Barney unearthed his passion for data, where he honed in on policy and modeling.

Laura Meixell, Pittsburgh, PA

Laura Meixell serves as the Assistant Director of Performance Improvement at the City of Pittsburgh's Department of Innovation & Performance. Functioning as the city's CDO since 2014, Meixell co-founded the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center, a national model for regional and inclusive open data efforts. She has led the development of the city's analytics solutions shop, which has released an array of data tools, including public and internal versions of mapping application Burgh's Eye View. Meixell also served as a core member of Pittsburgh's Smart City Challenge team, leading a range of stakeholders to develop visions for regional "data utility" and information infrastructure. Previously, she managed the development and launch of the nation's first Jail Population Management Dashboard as a Code for America Fellow, and served as a Presidential Management Fellow at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, working on performance management and strategic planning.

Amen Ra Mashariki, New York, NY

Dr. Amen Ra Mashariki is the City's Chief Analytics Officer and leads the Mayor's Office of Data Analytics (MODA). Dr. Mashariki is an accomplished leader within government, private sector and academia with experience in bringing Big Data processing and analytics for large and complex data management efforts. He started his professional careers as a software engineer at Motorola working on over-the-air data transmission projects and led a team of user-interface developers to build components of security features for handheld devices. Most recently, Dr. Mashariki served as Chief Technology Officer at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Dr. Mashariki previously worked at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab as a computer scientist and research scientist where he led a team working on data mining and data fusion projects in the bioinformatics domain. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Director of Informatics at the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Research Center and taught computer science courses at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and robotics at Northwestern University.

Dr. Mashariki holds a Doctor of Engineering from Morgan State University, a Master of Science in Computer Science from Howard University, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Lincoln University. Amen is a Brooklyn native and attended Brooklyn Tech High School.

Maksim Pecherskiy, San Diego, CA

Maksim began serving as the City's first Chief Data Officer in the Performance & Analytics Department in November 2014. He is responsible for implementing the City's new open data initiative called for in Mayor Faulconer's One San Diego Transition Advisory Committee.

Maksim has been solving complex problems with technology for nearly a decade. He spent the year before coming to San Diego working as a Code For America fellow in Puerto Rico with a focus on economic development. His team delivered a product called PrimerPeso that provides business owners and residents a tool to search, and apply for, government programs for which they may be eligible. Before moving to California, Maksim was a Solutions Architect at Promet Source where he built large web systems and designed complex integrations. He also shaped development processes and led international development teams.

Maksim graduated from DePaul University with a bachelor of science degree in information systems and from Linköping University, Sweden, with a bachelor of science degree in international business. He is also certified as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. In addition, Maksim runs a personal blog that shares his insights with colleagues throughout the world.

Eric Roche, Kansas City, MO

Eric Roche

Eric Roche began working with the City of Kansas City, MO as a Cookingham-Noll Management Fellow in 2013. In his current role, he serves as Chief Data Officer with the Office of Performance Management. Eric’s role focuses on using data to uncover relationships, communicate ideas, and improve performance. Eric also oversees the city’s open data suite. Open data initiatives include OpenData KC, KCSTAT Performance Management Dashboards, and Open Budget.

Eric received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and earned his MPA from the University of Kansas. You can reach Eric by email at, or via twitter @KansasCityEric

Tom Schenk, Jr., Chicago, IL

Tom Schenk is a researcher, author, and an expert in a number of fields, including open government, data visualization, business and research and policy in education. He is currently the Chief Data Officer at the City of Chicago, which includes overseeing Chicago’s open data portal, advanced analytics team, and the City’s data and business intelligence team. He leads the strategic use of data to improve the efficiency of city operations and improve the quality of life for residents. Tom has lead the expansion of Chicago’s leading open data portal, deployed predictive analytics in the City to improve data services, and has streamlined the City’s data operations.

Tom wrote Circos Data Visualization How-To, an introductory book on using the biology data visualization libraries for use in the social sciences. He has previously served as a consultant for Institutional Effectiveness and Accountability at the Iowa Departments of Education, where he led efforts to use student-level longitudinal data to evaluation education programs, including an evaluation of Project Lead The Way and calculating rates of return for community college graduates. He also led science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) policy in Iowa and a coauthor of Iowa’s STEM roadmap. Tom was a visiting scholar with Iowa State University’s Office of Community College Research and Policy where he studied graduate-student unionization. He was also a lecturer at Grand View University where he taught statistics and economics. He earned a Master’s degree in economics from Iowa State University and a Bachelor’s from Drake University.

Michael Schnuerle, Louisville, KY

Michael Schnuerle

Michael Schnuerle is Louisville's first Data Officer, in the Office of Performance Improvement & Innovation. He develops a strategy for collecting and using city data, works with departments and partners to foster data-driven decision-making, and promotes transparency through open data.

Michael has spent over a decade in civic tech. His first product was an online crime map built using open records requests and Google Maps, which launched two weeks after Chicago Crime in 2005.  That grew into the open data advocacy and civic services company GovMapper, which helped Louisville create its first open data portal and online maps in 2011. 

After building a few more data apps and services around real-time transportation, public safety, geocoding, and open data APIs, he founded the Civic Data Alliance in Louisville with like-minded folks in 2013.  The next year the CDA became an official Code for America brigade, and has since had 16 meetups, run 9 hackathons, worked on 35 civic public projects, and donated over 7,000 hours of volunteer time!

Michael has worked in Melbourne, Paris, Edinburgh, and San Francisco, and currently resides in Louisville, KY, helping his hometown improve services and opening data for the public.  

Andrew Therriault, Boston, MA

Before becoming Boston’s Chief Data Officer, Therriault served as Director of Data Science for the Democratic National Committee, in Washington, D.C. He previously served as Senior Data Scientist for Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and Director of Research for Pivotal Targeting. A native of Haverhill, Therriault completed B.A, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at New York University and a postdoctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University.

Leah Tivoli, Seattle, WA

Leah Tivoli

Leah Tivoli has nearly a decade of experience in city government managing operations and finance.  In January 2016, she was hired to develop a Citywide Organizational Performance Management program for the City of Seattle to improve efficiency, effectiveness and accountability.  Her team is currently focused on defining operational goals, connecting  associated financial information, developing tools to make decisions in real-time, and making results available for the community.  Leah holds dual master’s degrees in Environmental Health from the School of Public Health and Community Medicine and Public Administration from the Daniel J Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.  Prior to her work in government, Leah worked at the Centre for Indigenous peoples’ Nutrition and Environment at McGill University, QC.  She enjoys mountaineering, skiing and traveling.

Oliver Wise, New Orleans, LA

Oliver Wise is the founding director of the City of New Orleans’ Office of Performance and Accountability (OPA), the City’s first data analytics and performance management team. Launched in 2011 by Mayor Landrieu, OPA leverages data to set goals, track performance and get results across City government. Oliver’s work has been recognized with a Certificate of Excellence by the International City Managers Association, an Innovation Award from the Bureau of Governmental Research and a Bright Idea award from the Harvard University Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. He was also named to Government Technology’s “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers” list for 2015. He holds an M.P.A. from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, a B.A. from Tufts University, and lives in the Faubourg St. John neighborhood of New Orleans with his awesome family: Ryan, Annie, and Olive.

Tim Wisniewski, Philadelphia, PA

Tim Wisniewski is the Chief Data Officer for the City of Philadelphia, where he and his team work with City departments to enhance transparency and civic engagement by publishing government data online, building websites and digital services.

As Chief Data Officer, Wisniewski and his team have helped departments release over 200 open data sets and increase transparency around city contracts, property taxes, parking tickets, and the city budget. By creating formal channels for communities to participate in data release prioritization and interactive visualizations to reach more residents, Philadelphia has become a national leader in the open data movement. Wisniewski also helped assemble a stellar team of local civic-minded technologists to create the best government website in the country, driven by user needs.

Before joining the Administration in January 2012, Tim was the Executive Director of the Frankford Special Services District, where he led efforts to revitalize the Frankford Avenue Business Corridor through public safety and beautification projects. As President of the 24th Police District Advisory Council, he also helped to form Somerset Neighbors, a civic association in Kensington.

A Philadelphia native, Tim is a graduate of Richmond, the American International University in London. He enjoys attending weekly Code for Philly hackathons and taking his dog, Decaf, to the dog park near his northern liberties home.