Chicago CIO Brenna Berman departs for urban innovation nonprofit

The new function will carry over a few of her expertise with the town working with sensors and the Internet of Things.

Brenna Berman (City Digital)

After six years as Chicago’s chief data officer, Brenna Berman has left metropolis authorities.

Berman announced her new function Monday as government director of City Digital — an urban innovation program out of the Chicago-based UI Labs — and a metropolis spokesperson confirmed the transfer to StateScoop. City Digital is a public-private partnership that “uses Chicago as a testbed for new massive data-driven infrastructure improvements that enhance residents’ quality of life and city efficiency,” in keeping with a release from the corporate.

The long-tenured CIO is changed in an interim capability by Danielle DuMerer, who will take over as appearing Department of Innovation and Technology commissioner and appearing chief innovation officer. 

“Throughout my profession, I’ve labored intently with public, personal, and civic organizations to implement know-how options to positively impression the lives of residents,” Berman mentioned within the launch. “I’m excited to proceed that work at City Digital as we construct on and increase our portfolio of cutting-edge, data-driven know-how pilots and be sure that they take into consideration the wants of communities throughout Chicago and different cities.”

Berman is a founding member of the Midwest IoT (Internet of Things) Council and helped Chicago turn out to be the primary metropolis to deploy the Array of Things, an city-scale IoT analysis instrument. Berman was additionally a member of an elite group of metropolis technologists referred to as the Council of Global City CIOs and was additionally named one among StateScoop’s Top Women in Technology for 2017.

“City Digital has been a priceless companion in demonstrating modern know-how in Chicago to make the town a greater place to stay, work, and play,” mentioned Mayor Rahm Emanuel within the launch. “There’s a necessity for this new sort of mannequin that brings collectively the private and non-private sectors with neighborhood teams, and the town appears ahead to its continued involvement as Brenna takes the helm of City Digital.”

During her tenure as metropolis CIO, Berman led public-facing digital know-how tasks together with kiosks like these present in New York’s LinkNYC, together with management that encourages innovative thinking throughout the enterprise.