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New Orleans Names New Director to Its Office of Performance and Accountability

Melissa Schigoda, formerly a senior performance manager in the department she will now lead, replaces Oliver Wise.

New Orleans’ Office of Performance and Accountability (OPA) has named Melissa Schigoda as its new director, following the departure of former director Oliver Wise, whose last day with the city government was Friday, Nov. 17.

Schigoda was previously a senior performance manager on the OPA team, which for the past seven years has launched a number of successful data projects aimed at helping the city government improve efficiency, track performance and provide better services to residents. Schigoda led the development of Results NOLA, which tracks the city’s progress toward the mayor’s biggest policy objectives. In 2016, the International City/County Management Association recognized Results NOLA for its contributions to improving the management of local government.

Schigoda also coordinated the Data Governance Committee, partnered with the police department to revamp its ComSTAT program and helped to bring evidence-based analytical approaches to projects throughout the city.

Wise left the city for a position with Socrata — one of the most prominent open data companies in gov tech — as digital government principal, which he will begin Dec. 1.