By Data-Smart City Solutions • January 24, 2019

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.  

 

 

Name: Stefanie Costa-Leabo
Title: Interim Chief Data Officer
Appointed: May 2018
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
GitHub: https://github.com/CityOfBoston 

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Name: Rebecca Hefner

Title: Data & Analytics Director

Appointed: July 2017

Organizational Location: Office of Data & Analytics, an initiative of the City Manager’s Office, reports to Assistant City Manager

Responsibilities: The City of Charlotte is are putting its data to work – to meet strategic goals, solve challenging problems, build a more effective government, and improve outcomes for the people who live and work in the community. The Data & Analytics Director is charged to champion, coordinate, and facilitate the use of data and evidence as a shared strategic resource, in support of city strategy, operational problem-solving, and a collaborative and innovative citywide business model.

Sample Initiatives:

  • Vision Zero – identify areas most impacted by traffic collisions (High-Injury Network and Communities of Concern); create crash profiles by combining information about the collision, the people involved, the contributing factors, and the context of the roadway and surrounding environment into one model; match profiles with evidence-based countermeasures.
  • Housing Location Scoring Tool – (tool under development; link not public yet) – online application to score potential sites for affordable housing developments, based on matrix that includes Proximity to Amenities & Transit, Diversity (proposed unit mix and neighborhood poverty), Job Access, and Neighborhood Change.
  • Quality of Life Explorer – mcmap.org/qol - Charlotte’s neighborhood indicators project – an online dashboard with over 80 variables depicting the social, housing, economic, environmental and safety conditions across 462 neighborhood areas in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County
  • OpEx Academy – charlottenc.gov/opex - Charlotte’s robust, peer-led training program to help City staff discover the value of data, what it means, and how to put it to work to find collaborative and creative solutions. OpEx Academy offers courses in a wide range of topics including data analysis and data management, problem-solving and decision-making with data, process improvement, and data visualization and storytelling.
  • Work with the Behavioral Insights Team to improve compliance with Charlotte’s bulky item regulations.

Open Data Site: http://data.charlottenc.gov/

Name: TBA
Title: Chief Data Officer
Appointed:
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
GitHub: https://github.com/Chicago

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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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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/
GitHub: https://github.com/kcmo

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Name: Sari Ladin-Sienne
Title: Chief Data Officer
Appointed: February 2018
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/

GitHub: https://github.com/cityoflosangeles

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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/
GitHub: https://github.com/LouisvilleMetro

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Name: Kelly Jin
Title: Chief Analytics Officer
Organizational Location: Mayor's Office of Data Analytics
Responsibilities: The Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics is led by the City’s Chief Analytics Officer. The CAO provides a citywide perspective on key Administration priorities and available data science resources, and regularly convenes agency analytics directors and staff to share best practices and standards for how a city leverages administrative, open, and private data to deliver value to the public.
Sample Initiatives:  

  • Protecting Affordable Apartments with Analytics: In 2015, MODA provided analytics support to the NYC Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force, helping to prioritize where inspectors searched for landlords creating unsafe living conditions in order to remove tenants from rent-regulated units. In 2016, MODA partnered with the New York City Commission on Human Rights to prioritize where “testers” search for landlords illegally discriminating against potential tenants using public assistance.

  • Universal Pre-Kindergarten: In 2014, MODA partnered with the Pre-Kindergarten for All team to assist with analysis for enrollment for the program rollout, targeting outreach efforts using City and industry data. With MODA’s assistance, New York City was successful in launching the program and on November 12, 2014 the Mayor announced that the City had succeeded in enrolling a total of 53,230 pre-K students for the 2014-2015 school year.

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
GitHub: https://github.com/moda-nyc

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Name: Melissa Schigoda
Title: Director, Office of Performance and Accountability
Appointed: November 2017
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/

GitHub: https://github.com/cno-opa

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/
GitHub: https://github.com/CityOfPhiladelphia

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Name: Laura Meixell
Title: Assistant Director, Digital Services
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
GitHub: https://github.com/CityofPittsburgh

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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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Name: TBA
Title: Chief Data Officer
Appointed:
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
GitHub: https://github.com/DataSF

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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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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/   
GitHub: https://github.com/CityofSyracuse

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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
GitHub: https://github.com/DCgov

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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.