Inaugural Open Data Advisory Council Members Announced

The Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics and Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) partner to manage the NYC Open Data program, which has over 2,300 publicly available datasets used each week by 30,000 students, researchers, entrepreneurs, non-profits, and others. To achieve Open Data for All, MODA and DoITT have increased awareness of City data through marketing campaigns and regular events, including the production of an annual Open Data Week in early March. They have also improved the usability of public data through a new user-friendly Open Data website, data dictionaries for 90% of all datasets, and the development of a best-in-class metadata standard. Learn more at

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Open Data Advisory Council Members:

Aileen Gemma Smith – CEO, Vizalytics

Andrew Rasiej – Founder, Civic Hall , Personal Democracy Forum Founder, NY Tech Alliance Chairman Emeritus, Founder

Asher Ross – Data Director, Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit

Ben Wolcott – Manager of Evaluation and Research, Make the Road New York

Cea Weaver – Campaign Coordinator, NYS Tenants and Neighbors

Cynthia Nicklin – Director of Data Governance and Open Data Coordinator, NYC Department of Buildings

Clayton Banks – Co-founder and CEO, Silicon Harlem

Dan Kass – Co-Founder & Executive Director, and Steering Committee Member, Housing Data Coalition

Darren Bloch – Senior Advisor to the Mayor and Director of Mayor’s Office of Strategic Partnerships

Faith Jaskowiak – Director of Marketing & Partnerships, CUNY Startups

Hadassah Damien – Design Thinking Facilitator, ConsenSys

Jerelyn Rodriguez – Co-founder and CEO, The Knowledge House

Jessie Braden – Co-founder and Director, Pratt Institute Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative (SAVI)

John Kaehny – Executive Director, Reinvent Albany

Kai Falkenberg – 1st Amendment lawyer, Lecturer in Law, Columbia, Former 1st Dep Comm’r, Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment

Kathy Zhang – Founder, Mobility Futures

Marc DaCosta – Co-founder and Chairman, Enigma

Noel Hidalgo – Executive Director, BetaNYC

Rachael Weiss Riley – Director, Two Sigma Data Clinic

Sarah Burd-Sharps – Director of Research, Everytown for Gun Safety and Former Co-Director at Measure of America

Sarah Rankin – Quantitative Data Analyst, New York Public Library

Sophia N. Halkitis – Data Analyst, Citizens Committee for Children of NY and Adjunct Lecturer, Queens College

Yale Fox – Founder and CEO, Rentlogic