On Dec. 30, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced the resignation of Adel Ebeid, who has served as the city's chief innovation officer (CIO) since 2011. Ebeid will join consultancy firm Green Diamond Solutions as president for innovation on Jan. 11.

Before joining Philadelphia, Ebeid served as New Jersey's chief information and technology officer, and was the chief information officer and chief operating officer for the Motor Vehicle Commission before that.

“I feel extremely proud of what the team has been able to accomplish over the last four years,” Ebeid said in a press release. “From day one, we focused on building an organization that can sustain change in the future and I’m proud to leave behind a team who will continue to drive the technology modernization agenda. I know the next administration values the strategic role technology can play in government and wish them all the success.”

The White House recognized Ebeid as a Champion of Change for his work in government, highlighting in particular his work in innovation, transparency and infrastructure upgrades. And in 2014, Ebeid was recognized by Government Technology as one of the public sector's most strategic leaders, naming him one of the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers.

Ebeid led the upgrade of the city's core technology functions through a $120 million initiative, and built an innovation team from scratch, starting with a chief data officer in 2012 and a civic technology officer in 2013. Innovation, Ebeid said, is a team effort.

“Adel Ebeid has done a masterful job in helping move the city to the front lines of innovation,” Nutter said in the press release. “He has provided vital leadership in building a strong technology organization, attracting top talent from the public, private and local tech communities, filling critical positons in OIT, and modernizing the city’s technology infrastructure.”