Mayor Bill de Blasio has appointed Sree Sreenivasan as the City's new Chief Digital Officer. Sreenivasan has served as the first Chief Digital Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and as the first Chief Digital Officer of Columbia University.
"To move our city's digital ecosystem into the 21st century, we need to ensure our city's resources are at the fingertips of every New Yorker. With Sree Sreenivasan's wealth of experience, I am confident that he will work to promote transparency, access, and progressive values with our digital tools, helping spread access across the five boroughs," said Mayor Bill de Blasio in a release published by the the city.
"It's a real honor for me to serve as the CDO of the world's greatest city," said Chief Digital Officer Sree Sreenivasan. "There are so many opportunities to extend the Mayor's Digital Playbook, collaborate closely across various sectors and help bring more startups here."
As Chief Digital Officer, Sreenivasan will work to increase access to city-led technology initiatives, focus on outreach to the tech community and direct citywide digital policy. He will begin his new role this fall.
Said Sreenivasan, "I will draw on what I've learned working in four critical NYC industries: education, media, arts and culture, and nonprofits, and look forward to building on the great work of my predecessor Jessica Singleton and her predecessor, Rachel Haot."
In his new role, Sreenivasan will direct the Office of Digital Strategy (NYC Digital) to launch digital products that encourage civic engagement, increase government transparency, and support New York City's thriving tech ecosystem. The Chief Digital Officer reports to the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, Alicia Glen.