As we reported in Friday in the Sun, the Mayor has hired Brendan Babb to be the Muni’s Chief Innovation Officer.
Don’t know what that means? Neither do I, but here is the Mayor’s explanation:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24, 2016
Anchorage Supports Open Data, Innovation With CIO
Chief Innovation Officer will focus efforts on increasing transparency, innovation, and efficiency
ANCHORAGE — The Municipality of Anchorage announces the hiring of Brendan Babb as Chief Innovation Officer. As CIO, Brendan will seek to increase transparency, enhance productivity, and facilitate more public participation in local government. Mr. Babb will focus on expanding Anchorage’s new open data initiative and converting innovation into a business process. He will work in the Office of Management and Budget.
“Brendan has distinguished himself as a champion of innovation and data entrepreneurship in the private sector. He can take that experience and enthusiasm to accelerate our open data initiative, and make Anchorage a more transparent and tech savvy city,” stated Mayor Ethan Berkowitz.
Mr. Babb received a BS and MS from the University of Oregon State in Mathematics. He has extensive professional experience as a data scientist and software developer. For the past three years, Brendan served as co-Captain for Code For Anchorage, a volunteer organization dedicated to improving community engagement through technology. He owns three computer chip design patents and has filed a patent for the Mars Rover imaging program.
“I am thrilled to work for an Administration that places a premium on innovation and transparency. By leveraging technology we can improve the Municipality’s capacity and bandwidth to deliver public services,” said Brendan Babb.
For more information, contact Myer Hutchinson at (907) 343-7133.