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Indiana Names Josh Martin New State Chief Data Officer

Gov. Eric Holcomb has appointed Josh Martin to the chief data officer post, elevating him from an interim to permanent capacity. Martin previously served as the Indiana Management Performance Hub chief of staff.

Indiana State Capitol Building
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Indiana has named Josh Martin as its next state chief data officer (CDO), with Gov. Eric Holcomb tapping him for the role after Martin had filled it in an interim capacity since December 2019.

In Indiana, the CDO position is housed within the Indiana Performance Management Hub organization, and prior to filling the interim CDO role, Martin served as the chief of staff for the agency dating back to 2015. Before coming to the agency, he also worked for the state as the program director of government efficiency and financial planning for the Indiana Office of Management and Budget.

Martin holds a pair of degrees from institutions within the state, including a master’s in public affairs from Indiana University Bloomington as well as a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University.

Holcomb’s office announced Martin’s official appointment in a news release Wednesday, July 1, with the governor describing Martin as one of Indiana’s “dedicated servants who use their expertise to provide Hoosiers with great government service.”

Martin’s predecessor in the position was Darshan Shah, who left the state government in December for a role at a nonprofit organization that supports life sciences.