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Mayor Faulconer Appoints Andrell Bower as New Chief Data Officer

VETERAN OF PERFORMANCE & ANALYTICS DEPARTMENT TASKED WITH DRIVING INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS, ONE OF FEW WOMEN TO HOLD SIMILAR POSITION FOR A MAJOR CITY

San Diego – As part of ongoing efforts to improve government transparency and performance through data-driven solutions, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer today announced the appointment of Andrell Bower as the next Chief Data Officer for the City of San Diego.

In her new role, Bower is tasked with identifying innovative solutions to streamline government efficiency, promoting data-informed decision-making and expanding accessibility of municipal information for all San Diego residents. Bower, who joined the Performance and Analytics Department five years ago, is one of the few women to hold a similar position for a major U.S. city.

“Andrell has been instrumental in the development and implementation of our open data initiative to give San Diegans access to more of the information they own,” Mayor Faulconer said. “Those efforts earned San Diego national recognition as a top City leveraging technology for public use. Her experience will keep our City competitive, transform the City’s data into tangible solutions to our biggest challenges and enhance the quality of life for all San Diegans.”

Prior to her role as Chief Data Officer, Bower served as Open Data Program Coordinator under her predecessor, Maksim Pecherskiy, who was the first person to hold the position following Mayor Faulconer’s creation of the Performance and Analytics Department in 2014. Bower graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Journalism and worked as a journalist before joining the City.

“Over the last five years, it’s been an honor to be a part of the team that built the City’s Open Data Portal. We’ve published hundreds of data files to the Portal, developed tools to keep that information updated and helped people use and understand the data,” Bower said. “I look forward to continuing to improve access to citywide information, employing advanced analytics to help solve issues and bolstering better data governance as the City’s Chief Data Officer.”

Since its inception, the Performance and Analytics Department has earned multiple awards for implementing technology-driven solutions. Highlights include:

  • Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities Initiative recognized the City for its use of innovative public outreach tools, including resident satisfaction surveys, the Get It Done mobile app and a progressive open data policy.
  • The City of San Diego’s open data efforts earned global recognition with the City earning ISO 37120 Platinum certification from the World Council on City Data at a smart city conference in Austin, Texas.
  • The League of California Cities honored the City with its prestigious Helen Putnam Award for the outstanding efforts of the Performance & Analytics Department.
  • Governing magazine’s annual "Equipt to Innovate" report ranked San Diego No. 1 nationally for using data to improve performance and create a culture of efficiency.
  • IDC Government Insights’ annual IDC Smart Cities North America Awards (SCNAA) recognized San Diego as the winner of the Administration category for the expansion of the Get It Done platform.

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