High-profile civic technologist Beth Noveck has been appointed New Jersey’s first Chief Innovation Officer. The appointment was announced in a statement from Governor Murphy’s office yesterday.
Dr. Noveck is a Professor in the Technology, Culture, and Society department at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, where she directs the Governance Lab (GovLab) and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance. She served in the Obama White House as the first United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer and director of the White House Open Government Initiative. UK Prime Minister David Cameron later appointed her senior advisor for Open Government.
Governor Murphy said he created the new role to reclaim New Jersey’s innovation economy and will be working to “bring New Jersey into the 21st century”.
The responsibilities for Noveck will include designing and deploying more effective and agile government services; improving data-driven decision making and working with the private sector to deploy new technologies, train workers and improve service delivery.
Noveck is a native of New Jersey and will take over the role immediately.