Sean Thornton

Data-Smart City Solutions


Sean Thornton is a Research Fellow for Data-Smart City Solutions.  Based in Chicago, Sean serves as a researcher, archivist, and documentarian of the Chicago Department of Innovations and Technology’s efforts to build a smarter, more efficient city government.  He also provides Chicago’s Chief Information Officer with research and communications support. Sean holds two Masters’ degrees from the University of Chicago, in Public Policy and Social Service Administration, and a Bachelors’ Degree from DePaul University in Psychology and Political Science.  During his time at the University of Chicago, he gained experience in the city’s public, philanthropic, and nonprofit sectors.