Jin named NYC’s chief analytics officer

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Kelly Jin, a former technology adviser in the Obama administration, has been named Director of the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday.

In her new role as the city’s chief analytics officer, Jin will work to streamline analytical and data practices with the goal of making government more efficient and effective. She will work with city agencies and the Mayor’s Office of Operations, NYC Opportunity, the Mayor’s Office of Information Privacy and NYC 311.
MODA also partners with NYC’s DoITT to manage the Open Data program to achieve the goal of Open Data for All, the mayor’s program to improve residents use of the data that the city produces.

“Our data analytics team is a crucial part of bringing important city initiatives to life, tracking their progress and finding new ways to understand the city through data,” de Blasio said. “I know Kelly has the experience and the drive to use our data resources to help City Hall and city agencies make better decisions and craft better policies, as well as manage the largest Open Data program in the country.”

Jin has over 10 years of public service and consulting experience.

Before joining the de Blasio Administration, she was director of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, where she worked to identify data-driven investments to support state and local government policy making. Prior to this, she worked in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as a policy advisor. Jin also built and co-led the city of Boston’s analytics team.

Her earlier career included advisory roles in the U.S. General Services Administration, White House Domestic Policy Council and as a management consultant. She holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

“I am thrilled to return to public service with a world-class urban analytics team like MODA, and I look forward to working with my colleagues across the city to use data to further support a transparent, fair, and equitable New York,” Jin said.

Jin reports to Jeff Thamkittikasem, director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations.

“The Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics plays a crucial role in how Operations identifies and prioritizes data trends and recommends ways to improve City services by making them more effective and efficient,” said Thamkittikasem. “I look forward to working with Kelly, whose data expertise and government experience will better position us to further advance equity across New York City.”

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