A new program is out to ‘Moneyball’ state and local government. Moneyball for Government is a new fellowship program aimed at getting local government officials to govern based on data-driven decisions over blind spending. The group announced its first class of fellows on Friday. The first fellowship class is comprised of mostly Mayors and state and local operations officials.
Moneyball for Government is a group backed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and a handful of former federal officials including Peter Orszag and Austan Goolsbee. The group believes that making state and local governments take a data-driven approach to decision making would improve the budget side of state and local government through analytics.
The group thinks using analytics and data driven decision making models would also give officials better metrics to track success.
The program’s name is taken from the book Moneyball, about Billy Beane general manager of the Oakland Athletics.
The 11 local fellows were chosen through a competitive national process, and will participate in a rigorous 18-month initiative designed to help them develop and operate the local government infrastructure necessary to be able to use data, evidence and evaluation to improve outcomes for young people, their families and communities.
The fellows include:
Gilberto Montano, Chief of Staff, Office of the Mayor, City of Albuquerque;
Emily Love, Director, Office of Innovation Delivery & Performance, City of Atlanta;
Kaliope Parthemos, Chief of Staff, Office of the Mayor, City of Baltimore;
Miguel Sangalang, Executive Officer, Budget & Innovation, Office of the Mayor, City of Los Angeles;
Theresa Reno-Weber, Chief of Performance Improvement, City of Louisville;
OliverWise, Director, Office of Performance and Accountability, City of New Orleans;
Mindy Tarlow, Director, Office of Operations, City of New York;
Maia Jachimowicz, Policy Director, Office of Mayor Michael A. Nutter, City of Philadelphia;
Nichole Dunn, Deputy Mayor/Chief Accountability Officer, Salt Lake County;
Kathleen Joncas, Deputy Mayor of Operations, City of Seattle; and
G.T. Bynum, City Councilor, City of Tulsa.