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Brett Goldstein - Participant

Brett Goldstein is a leader in Enterprise Architecture, Big Data/Analytics, and Government Technology.   He has 15 years of experience in operations, management and leadership in technical environments in both the public and private sector.

Brett was recently named the inaugural recipient of the Fellowship in Urban Science at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. As a Senior Fellow in Urban Science, he will focus on issues of computation and public policy to inform better decision making in government.

Previously, Brett was the Commissioner and Chief Information Officer of the Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT), appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in June of 2012 to accelerate Chicago’s growth as a global hub of innovation and technology. During his tenure as Chicago’s CIO, Brett successfully worked toward a comprehensive consolidation of technology while rapidly accelerating the role of innovation in government.  His achievements have included changing Chicago’s technology strategy to include cloud environments and reshaping the IT portfolio to include advanced analytics with a focus on urban prediction.

Brett was also the Chief Data Officer for the City of Chicago, the first position of this kind for a major municipality.  Appointed in 2011, he led the city’s data strategy, to help improve the way the city’s information works for its residents. This strategy focuses on the promotion of government transparency through open data, construction of a comprehensive plan for citywide data usage and storage, and facilitating data-driven decision-making through data analytics including groundbreaking predictive analytics.  In his tenure, he developed WindyGrid, a innovative situational awareness and analytics platform and has grown Chicago’s open data program into one of the largest worldwide.

Before coming to City Hall, Brett was one of the youngest Commanders in the Chicago Police Department where he founded and directed the Department's Predictive Analytics Group, which aimed to predict violent crime patterns. Previously, Brett was an early employee with OpenTable where he played an integral role in scaling the operation from a handful of restaurants in San Francisco to a network which operates worldwide.  He earned his Bachelor's degree from Connecticut College, his MS in criminal justice at Suffolk University, and his MS in computer science at University of Chicago.

Brett is pursuing his PhD in Criminology, Law and Justice at the University of Illinois-Chicago.  He resides in Chicago with his wife and three children.



University of Chicago,
Harris School of Public Policy


Urban Science Fellow

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