Also the director of the city’s performance and analytics department, Kirby Brady brings experience as a researcher to a new role that will oversee new tech and initiatives to reinvent how the city operates.
San Diego, the nation’s eighth largest city by population, has its first-ever chief innovation officer in Kirby Brady, according to an announcement yesterday by Mayor Todd Gloria.
Gloria told the Times of San Diego that Brady, who is Black, is one of the few women or people of color to be named to such a post in a major American city, and he tweeted that he was proud to give her the job.
“Her unique experiences, creativity, drive and passion for civic innovation will help our city harness the data and technology we need to provide world-class service in every neighborhood,” the tweet read.
San Diego officials said last year that COVID-19 accelerated their plans to use technology to reinvent how the city operates, with 5G, citizen-facing apps, organizational efficiencies and other initiatives.
"The idea is really to consolidate services and resources so people aren't having to use this particular email or that particular hotline to request a service," Brady said in July.
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