San Diego Hires its First Chief Data Officer

The Southern California city is making an investment in the future of open data.

In a citywide pursuit of open data, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced Nov. 20 the appointment of Maksim Pecherskiy as the city’s first chief data officer. The appointment comes after the creation of an open data policy and open data officer position created in July.

“Maksim is a perfect fit for the role of Chief Data Officer,” Faulconer stated in a press release. “He will use public data and technology to help government make data-driven decisions, improve service delivery to our residents and positively impact the quality of people’s lives. I supported the move toward open data while on the City Council and look forward to seeing it through as Mayor.”

Before joining San Diego government, Pecherskiy was a solutions architect at Promet Source, where he built large Web systems, designed integrations, shaped development processes and led international development teams. Pecherskiy bridged his way into public service through a one-year internship with Code For America, where he developed a project called PrimerPeso in Puerto Rico that allows business owners and residents to search and apply for government programs.

“I'm extremely honored and excited to be chosen to serve the city of San Diego in this important role,” Pecherskiy said. “We’re going to develop innovative Web tools to empower San Diego residents, share information with our local startup community to develop apps and identify new ways to use our data to improve the lives of all San Diegans. I'm looking forward to working with my colleagues at the city, as well as the technology, education and civic communities in San Diego to help harness the power of data and technology for positive change."

Colin wrote for Government Technology and Emergency Management from 2010 through most of 2016.
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